Simpson Agrees New Deal – But Not How Wages Will Be Paid

There is more news today on the Danny Simpson contract saga.

Danny Simpson – agrees wages but not how they will paid

It was reported a couple of days ago that Danny had turned down the latest contract offer from Newcastle, which is said to be a four and a half year deal with improved terms on his current contract and will keep him on Tyneside until the summer of 2016.

The Evening Chronicle is reporting that Simpson may be closer to signing the deal than many realize, since he seems to have reached agreement on the actual terms of the deal, at least on the wages part of it.

Apparently he has agreed the terms of the four and a half year deal, but there is a dispute, or what has been called a discrepancy, on how those wages will be paid.

Whay are footballers contracts so difficult and take so long – probably because they are getting so much money.

But the news is that Danny Simpson remains keen to reach a final agreement, and certainly when he’s talked about the deal he’s been consistent in saying that he loves life at Newcastle.

This is what a source close to Simpson told the Evening Chronicle:

“He doesn’t want to be anywhere but Newcastle United.” “He has agreed to the terms of the contract, but it is how the salary will be paid that has caused the hesitancy.”

“Danny has a great relationship with the manager and all of the players at Newcastle, and he has a fantastic rapport with the fans too. He is happy in Newcastle.”

We wonder what that means – any ideas –  maybe paying him twice a month rather than once a month?

This seems like small potatoes, but we still hope that Danny signs the new deal soon.

And we have to wonder how the negotiations with the great Coloccini are coming along – he’s a player that can lead the team to new and successful times in the future.

He’s vital at the moment to Newcastle’s future.

Comments always welcome.

25 comments so far

  • Ben3arfa

    Dec 15, 2011 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #1

    Greedy footballers, there are probably some performance related bonuses in there that he’s worried about since hes not automatically guaranteed a spot in the squad now that santon is fully fit

  • Ben3arfa

    Dec 15, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #2

    would love to see simpson sign a deal though , would send a positive message to all other players who still need to sign contracts at the club

  • lesh

    Dec 15, 2011 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #3

    “Danny has a great relationship with the manager and all of the players at Newcastle, and he has a fantastic rapport with the fans too”

    The absence of Ashley and Llambais’ names (or even the words ‘the board’) speaks volumes to me. One’d expect such a reference if not just for courtesy…. or maybe it’s me reading too much into what’s not said?.

  • gar1969

    Dec 15, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #4

    There is an impending change to HMRC payroll submissions where businesses will be mandated to submit their payroll return monthly rather than annually. This is expected to encourage some businesses to elect for monthly rather than weekly pay to streamline their payroll processes. So this could be NUFC getting things lined up early. The legislation will be inforce around October 2013 which would cover the 4.5 year deal mooted here.

  • Slank

    Dec 15, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #5

    ‘ those wages will be paid…’

    I think it’s very unreasonable for Danny to insist that his wages be paid in cash each Friday in a little brown envelope with a cellophane window.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 15, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #6

    can’t get too excited, he’s not exactly krul, tiote or colo is he ? Plus tavernier and santon are better.

  • Slank

    Dec 15, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #7


    Wages were also paid weekly whereas salaries were paid monthly and whilst the money earned by players are always quoted in wages I cannot imagine the players lining up in front of a little window in the stadium counting their wages…

    – thirty five thousand six hundred and seventy two pounds
    – thirty five thousand six hundred and seventy three pounds

    Three hours later, you finished Colo?

  • Dannyo

    Dec 15, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #8

    Why would the players have any sort of contact with the owner and director?? Barred for example contracts and transfer negotiations.
    Usually agents handle these things and give feedback to the player.
    Do u have a relationship with the owner of a major chain, or the board who’s put there to run it?

    Let’s not get ahead of ourselfes.
    Wonder why one would complain about how a wage is paid… Why should it matter to the club? Is there some rules i’m missing here which could save the club money in a way?

  • shanghai fan

    Dec 15, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #9

    The package he was offered probably has a lot of incentive bonuses that are tied to his performance and the teams performance – to motivate the player and if the team does well.

    From the players perspective he probably wants more certainty, in case he doesn’t meet the demands of his personal bonus, or the team doesn’t get to the position that would trigger the bonus

    The fact that he’s agreed to the total amount means he’s happy with the package, bonuses all in. The fact that he wants to change the way it is paid means either 1. He wants more certainty, the package is highly bonus structured 2. He doesn’t think he / team will meet the conditions to trigger enough level of bonuses.

    It’s purely jockeying on the negotiation, probably not on dates of payment! 🙂

  • shanghai fan

    Dec 15, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #10

    And get well soon Ed, read your blog everyday

  • Graeme

    Dec 15, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #11

    He will be trying to get the most tax efficient scheme in place to try and minimize his tax bill. Cant blame him for that, Lots of us do that every time the Tax Vultures change the way they try and glean every penny they can out of us all!!!

  • markmac

    Dec 15, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #12

    Jeez, if hes worried about only getting paid monthly when he gets about 100k in a lump sum…..

  • gar1969

    Dec 15, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #13


    Fair point buddy. Just speculating. I’m sure that you can pay ‘wages’ directly into a bank account these days though 😉

  • stevep

    Dec 15, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #14

    Agree this is simply for tax efficiency reasons, likely he’ll want part of his wage paid as image rights or something similiar which will allow him to avoid 50% tax liability

  • stevep

    Dec 15, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #15

    obviously tax efficiency rather than tax avoidance which is a criminal offence 🙂

  • foggonridiculous

    Dec 15, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #16

    Thanks for the update Ed.

    You’re a real trooper Ed…..still posting frequent articles despite having a tough time with your treatment.

    All the VERY best to you…from an appreciative blog follower


  • bob52

    Dec 15, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #17

    This guy always gives 100% in our shirt, he is also well regarded and wanted by other Prem managers, it beats me why he is critised so often on this site. He deserves a competitive wage and good luck to him for sticking out for it, I for one believe his is toon through and through.

  • veto

    Dec 15, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #18

    well its hardly endearing to the average fan considering the wages he will be on weekly would still amount to 52 weeks hard graft for the likes of myself .
    sign the contract or take a hike , personally not that arsed what he does

  • stevep

    Dec 15, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #19

    @veto – not sure we can compare average wage of the working population to the average wage of a footballer or any other highly paid profession
    he’s prob been offered the average wage for a footballer much like I receive the average wage for a contractor working in the city of london
    I try to minimise my tax outgoings and I hardly blame him for doing the same (although the amounts are substatially different) 🙂

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Dec 15, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #20

    It’s probably bonuses

  • Graeme

    Dec 15, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #21

    Stevep – Tax avoidance is perfectly legal and should be pursued by everyone to ensure you only pay the amount due.

    Its Tax evasion you get prosecuted for!!

  • milkman808

    Dec 15, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #22

    Hello all,
    1st time writer
    long time looker

    well i’m a season ticket holder, and i don’t rate Simpson 1 little bit, I just don’t understand the plaudits for him at all, I would let him go tomorrow……….. or is it just me?

  • Robby Bobson

    Dec 15, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #23

    With Nathan Clyne contract up in the summer, a quicker younger and better technical player, Danny needs to tred carefully.

    I do feel that Simmo thinks him leaving will be like Jose leaving, but dont think many fans will be too disheartened by it?

  • davis_toons

    Dec 15, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #24

    Some players nowadays just like to play hard to get..can understand, as football are short term, but the money is good enough to last.

  • h0sta

    Dec 15, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #25

    milkman: since he get in starting 11 two years ago he improves significantly … last year he was much more often caught in possession, didn´t hold the back line properly and right side of defence was really weak – but this season his performances are always solid – tavernier is young and physicially looks like a boy still…same with ferguson…so i would like to stick with simpson for another 1-2 years…keeping back four together is important…well i wouldn´t let him go tomorrow 🙂


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