The People is reporting today that Danny Guthrie will be given a chance to stay on Tyneside.
Danny Guthrie – Pardew to met with his agent this week
Danny’s four year contract he signed when he came for about £2.5M from Liverpool in the summer of 2012, runs out this June, and it would appear that Newcastle will offer him a new deal.
Alan Pardew has been impressed with the midfielder who came in for Cheick Tiote for six games last year and played really well, and so much so that the Ivorian was hardly missed.
This is what manager Pardew said about Guthrie:
“When Cheick Tiote came out of the team injured and Danny came in it was seamless.”
“That says it all about Danny Guthrie. Hopefully he can continue that if he gets an opportunity on Sunday.”
“I’m sitting down with his agent this week and we’ll have a cup of tea and see where we are.”
That’s strange that Alan is meeting with Danny’s agent, because the contracts are the work of people like Derek Llambias, and usually the manager these days doesn’t get involved in the financial details of contracts or transfer fees.
We expect Danny to return to the side this afternoon in place of young Mehdi Abeid, who stood in for Cheick Tiote last Saturday in the 2-1 FA Cup win against Blackburn.
Of course a new contract will depend on just how much Guthrie is looking for, with the wages being paid out at Newcastle these days less than they were when Freddy Shepherd was running the club, and spending money the club didn’t have.
But Danny definitely wants to stay on Tyneside, as he said only last week that there were only good things happening at Newcastle.
We hope he’s right on that one – starting with a win against QPR this afternoon – which would take Newcastle up into 6th place in the league table, and above Liverpool in the table.
That would be great.