We first reported this story on Sunday that West Ham co-owner David Sullivan is telling the world about what’s in Demba Ba’s contract at Newcastle, and what his contract was when he was at West Ham last year.
David Sullivan – telling the world about confidential things
Why people like David and Harry Redknapp feel they have the right to reveal the personal details of players’ contracts, who happen to be at other clubs at the time, we have no idea.
Where’s the decorum and confidentiality in all of this?
The West Ham club had to let Demba Ba leave West Ham in the summer, because the player had a relegation clause in his contract, that indicated if the club was relegated and Ba would have to take a cut in wages, he could leave the London club on a free transfer.
Enter Newcastle, who apparently paid Demba Ba’s agent £2M to secure the deal, and the rest is history, good history for Newcastle, with Ba scoring 16 goals so far in the English Premier League.
But then Harry Redknapp in January told everybody there was a release clause in Ba’s contract, and it looked like it was £7M.
Sullivan has disclosed quite a few things about Ba’s contract on Tyneside, and again these things are usually kept secret and confidential in the real world.
But of course this is not the real world, it’s football, and anything seems to go.
The big news yesterday was that every new organization seemed to pick up on the story that the release clause was £7M, but not only that – but that Demba Ba would get half the transfer fee, and David Sullivan is predicting that Demba Ba will leave Newcastle in the summer.
Maybe he is saying that to cover himself, because they lost such a good player last summer.
Sullivan and Gold, the other co-owner, removed themselves from any blame attached to West Ham being relegated last season, because it was all the manager’s fault.
That was Avram Grant, and just to make that point Avram was fired a few hours after the final game of the season.
The relegation had nothing to do with the co- Chairman and co-owners of the club – they were just the ones who appointed Grant as manager in the first place.
This is what Sullivan said about the actual contract he thinks Ba has at Newcastle:
“As I say, Ba was on £35 grand a week and I offered him £45 grand a week to stay, but he went to Newcastle. His agent got £2 million to take him to Newcastle.”
“I’m told he’s got a £7 million get-out at Newcastle and he gets half the money over that. They keep denying it but I think you’ll see in the summer he will leave Newcastle or he’ll get a monstrous rise to stay there.”
“If they get about four million, half will go to him, so if they sell him for £7 million they’ll only net about three because they paid his agent £2 million to get him out of here.”
Newcastle are rightly keeping quiet about this, but we are hoping they will quietly renegotiate Ba’s contract based on at least three things.
One is that he has scored so many goals and looked so good in the Premier League this season.
The second is that his dodgy knee has stood up well to the rigors of the Premier League and hasn’t been a problem – and that was not clear when they signed him last June.
And the third is that Newcastle must remove the release clause and give the Senegal striker a much better deal, now that he has proved his fitness and that he is a top player in the Premier League.
It’s okay we haven’t heard from Newcastle on this – when we do hear from them it should be only to announce Demba Ba has been given a new improved deal at the club.
And they shouldn’t even announce there is no release clause in it – let them try to find out – but there will not be one in there. The details of a player’s contract should be kept confidential.
Newcastle are not that daft these days, and they also don’t tell the world what’s in their players contracts either.