Alan Pardew has cleared up what the Danny Simpson situation really is.
Danny Simpson – has had a tough time with baby Skye-Lorena
There have been constant reports of Simpson not being at Newcastle long term, and there were reports over the last few days that had Simpson saying he thinks he will not get another deal offered, after his current contract runs out a year come next June.
Add to that the difficulties Simpson is having with his baby girl Skye-Lorena, and it’s been tough few weeks for the Salford-born right-back, who came in from Manchester United for about £500K in January of 2010.
Daughter Skye-Lorena was born six weeks prematurely last July, and she was only released from the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) a couple of weeks ago, and then she contracted a virus and was back in hospital again.
That’s why Alan Pardew had said it was a tough week for Danny last week before the Spurs game, but happily Skye is now back at home, keeping Danny up at night, along with his girlfriend, Stephanie.
Alan Pardew, during his press conference yesterday, tried to clear up the situation with Danny:
“I think, basically, he had some bad advice. Unfortunately for Danny at the moment, he’s had problems with his child and it’s been a very difficult situation.”
“It’s been a really big battle for the baby, him and his wife. It looks like he is coming out of that now. He feels a little bit let down, because of his comments, in himself. But it’s nice his home life is back on an even keel.”
“He has been a great player for us and he will continue to be going forward. He wants to earn a new contract and if he keeps playing like he is, there is a good chance he will get one.”
There were reports in the summer that Danny had turned down a plum new five year contract offer, and it seems no offer has yet been made by the club, and Danny is working hard to get a new offer from the club.
The other thing that could have happened is that he was offered a five year deal over the summer, but the terms of the deal were less than Danny wanted.
It’s another case of Newcastle being fairly strict with their wage policy, and if it looks like Newcastle will not be offering Danny a new deal, he could be up for sale this summer, and that move could come from Newcastle.
But with all the trouble Danny has had the last couple of weeks with daughter Skye-Lorena, it would be really tough if he didn’t start tomorrow, and Davide Santon comes in at right-back.
That may not happen.