Alan Pardew Fears Losing Top Players Once Again


It turns out that contract negotiations with some of Newcastle’s top players do not seem to be leading to any solutions anytime soon.

Fabricio Coloccini – contract difficulties?

Alan Pardew will hardly want to lose any more of his players since losing Carroll, Nolan, Enrique and Barton in the first nine months he was at the club, and of course he didn’t want to lose any of them.

Alan has been working hard with Managing Director Derek LLambias to try to reach some agreements with both his captain Fabricio Coloccini and right full-back Danny Simpson.

Both their contracts run out in the summer of 2013,  but Newcastle want to sign these players up as soon as possible.

If they cannot get deals signed soon, then rather than let them become free agents in eighteen months time, they will likely want to sell them this summer, at the latest.

This is what Alan Pardew said today:

“As a manager I want my captain to be secured, they all seem to rumble on at this football club,” “Hopefully we can strike a deal with the three we’re talking to.”

“I’d like to keep all the players here because they are doing terrific, but with success comes high expectations from the players and agents and we have to cope with that.”

It’s obvious that some of Newcastle’s excellent performances this season, especially in defense, will have attracted some clubs to the Newcastle players, and it could be that some tapping up may be going on.

That’s where clubs are letting the agents know how much they would pay them at a particular club, and that’s not legal and I’m not even saying it’s going on, but the way agents work these days, that has to be a possibility.

And that will hardly be helpful to Newcastle.

Two other players who become free agents as early next summer are Peter Lovenkrands and Danny Guthrie, and both will be able to speak to other clubs about contracts very soon,  if they don’t sign new deals soon.

Peter has said he doesn’t want to sign a new deal on Tyneside, and rather than sell him for nothing next summer, Newcastle may want to try to get something for him this January.

Alan Pardew has also made it clear that if Danny Simpson doesn’t sign a new deal soon, he could be sold, and as early as next month, with Aston Villa having beeing an admirer of the former Manchester United full-back.

This is not good news for fans to be getting right now, and losing four of your very best players in eight  months is enough for the Newcastle manager – surely?

We have to hope that both Simpson and Coloccini sign their deals soon, but Alan Pardew is obviously now worried he could lose them, when he is talking about it openly.

Let’s hope Newcastle fans are not in for a rude awakening next month in the January transfer window, especially when the lads have done so well so far this season.

What do you think?

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8 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Dec 8, 2011 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #1

    Yeah, this is a big fear, and rightly so probably. If it’s a money issue (again), then i’d have Collo over Simmo 10/10.
    Altho Simmo has been aright this season apart from the first 3 games. It probs looks that way due to Raylor poor recent performance, lol. Cheeky, i know 😉

    Loven, get rid, who wants him here anyway? And Guthrie is an excellent squad player, good strength in depth with him on board, but he knows he’d be 2nd fiddle to Cabs and Tiote, so i understand him.

    Hopefully we can sort something for Collo soon, and Guthrie and Simmo, altho i regard to latter two as backup players.

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  • lesh

    Dec 8, 2011 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #2

    Too use Pardew’s words, why should these things just ‘rumble on’?

    Why oh why can’t Llambias take thes things seriousy rather than treating everything as a game of brinkmanship!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 8, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #3

    It’s funny how people say they don’t want to buy success like city, but always go on about Ashley not spending enough !

    Colo and Tiote leaving would be a disaster, but Simpson can surely be replaced by better in Tavernier, Santon, or buy in Clyne. All 3 are much more comfortable on the ball. Equally in reality, Loven is not going to be a big miss.

    Essentially those 4 players who left, as has been documented so many times were dispensable, apart from Enrique. Carroll for 35m was the steal of the century and we play better football now. Nolan is over 30 and was a one trick pony knocking in a few Carroll knock-ons, but as a CM, he made very few chances and didn’t get box to box like Cabaye does and we got nearly 5M. Barton was all about Barton, a narcisistic egomaniac and trouble maker. As I say, the only one I really miss is Enrique, as Raylor has been so exposed and nullified Guti’s attacking runs.

    Pieters, M’Biwa and De Jong (dutch striker,) plus not losing Krul, Colo and Tiote would be an awesome window.

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  • Toon Tang

    Dec 8, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #4

    contract negotiations aren’t moving along because there being offered shite is the fact really. ashley and team are trying to get something for nothing. id also not sign a contract if it were bollocks money and i knew i could get more else where – especially if i had no attachment to the club as these players haven’t.

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  • BillBurch

    Dec 8, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #5

    I’ve written before that I felt that Coloccini was “doing an Enrique” in prolonging signing his contract. I know there’s a while to go yet but it has to be nailed down asap. I agree with Ashley’s financial policy to an extent because it will comply with the new rules coming in, but I disagree with the inflexibility! We never seem to be able to keep a sufficient number of players to maintain a good team with equally good back-up cover! I know money talks but don’t these new rules mean that clubs have to spend what they earn and not rely on super-rich owners? Do the likes of Man U, City, Chelski etc actually earn enough to cover their costs?

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  • stuart no9

    Dec 8, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #6

    ashley and pards have long said every player has his price. , expect top players to go. maybe not in jan , but in the summer when their valuation has increased. tiote , collo, krul deffo, jonas? we will be left with thw players the top ambitious clubs dont want.He has said he wants to run this club as a business . Business = profit , profit comes from buying cheap selling for more. we are a selling club. everyone who thinks about europe or title , forget it , it will never happen while he owns our club.how can it? he will sell before we get that good, with a lot of luck we MAY have a cup run, but thats it.

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  • martoon

    Dec 8, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #7

    I understand the policy on wages but surely if you let players go and have to get new ones then you have to better their current wages to entice them and will surely end up paying just as much for untried players.
    Also I’ve never understood this ‘tapping up’ rule – in any other job you are quite entitled to go for a job interview and obviously discuss your new salary.

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  • Graeme

    Dec 8, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #8

    The only thing that drives FCB is PROFIT,

    His company, SD, is profits driven; Staff perform, they get rewarded, basic is crap, but bonuses, for achievement, very good. How he thinks he can make the same ideas work in Premier League is his own issue.

    He would sell his Granny, if the price was right.

    He has no loyalty to players, they are a commodity to be exploited before they exploit you!! If Collo doesn’t sign his offer, he will be sold for maximum benefit to FCB, NOT NUFC!!! Exactly the same with Guthrie – sign up or ship out!! Carroll was a prime example that EVERY player is available, at a price and FCB got way over the odds for Andy.

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