Is The Simpson Saga About To End At Newcastle?

The saga about whether Danny Simpson will sign a new deal for Newcastle continues.

Danny Simpson – wants to stay on Tyneside?

And Simpson’s plight is starting to rival that of Jose Enrique about the same time last year, and we kept hearing from Jose, but he would never say whether he would sign his new deal or not, and Jose ended up leaving Newcastle for Liverpool last August for around £6M.

Indeed last year Newcastle took in about 45M when we sold Andy Carroll, Jose Enrique and Kevin Nolan, and we were not too happy about any one of those sales at the time.

But life is strange,  and those three players are now struggling at their clubs,  along with Joey Barton at QPR, and it could be that Joey and Kevin are both in the second division next season.

But with QPR’s good 3-0 win at home against a slumping Swansea last night, when Joey scored a very good goal just before half time, we think QPR will be OK and survive.

But West Ham will probably not get an automatic promotion spot in the Championship, and the play-offs can be dodgy for any side, and of course the West Ham fans are not too happy with the style of football Sam Allardyce has the Hammers playing.

That’s deja vu all over again, since that’s probably the main reason big Sam  got the sack at Newcastle in January of 2008, after only six months in the job.

But the new news on Simpson this morning is that a source said to be close to Danny (Simpson himself?) has said this in the local press:

“Danny loves it in Newcastle and is excited about next season.” “He wants to stay at Newcastle next year and then see what happens.”

Newcastle’s concern is that Danny contract runs out a year come June, and if he is not going to sign his new deal they’d like to know that and they will sell him in the summer.

And it looks like Newcastle are keeping tabs on Yohan Cabaye’s mate at Lille – Mathieu Debuchy – as a possible replacement should Danny move on.

Only last week Danny had this to say:

“It would be massive for me to part of a Newcastle team playing in Europe.”

Danny has played in every league game for the side this season, and he is getting better the more games he plays, and we’d love him to sing a new deal.

That’s not to say that Newcastle will not be bringing in one and maybe even two fuill-backs this summer, and if that happens Danny will have to fight it out for that right-back spot.

But Danny has been a good player for Newcastle since he signed just over two years ago from Manchester United for two packets of peanuts,  and he’s highly rated in the Premier League index, which is the old Axim index, and grades players in the Premier League.

Aston Villa are said to be interested,  but that would hardly be a good move for Simpson,  with their manager Alex McLeish having the side only 6 points above the drop zone, and having taken Birmingham down last season, and Villa have only one win in their last 10 league matches.

The disagreement on Simpson’s contract is not the amount Newcastle have offered apparently, but the way in which the money is being paid, so we have no idea what that means – any clues?

The bottom line is that we’d like to see Danny sign a new deal and soon.

That’s because he can be a good player for Newcastle,  whether or not he’s a starter next season, and the same goes for Danny Guthrie too, who we hope will stay on Tyneside.

The two Dannys are players who have shown they can get the job done for Newcastle,  and whether or not they are starters, we’d like them to stay at the club.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 12, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #1

    close source?

  • redondo77

    Apr 12, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #2

    He will sign the new contract for 4-5 years. Unless Liverfools makes another crazy offer, they don’t have good RB and they seem to love our players.

  • Beattie25

    Apr 12, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #3

    I doubt that Simpson will be here come August.

    We have seen the lengths our club will go to get rid of players who drag their heels.

    I mean we forsaked a transfer fee for Barton in order to get him out the club and looked how that worked out.

    I really think if we can get 3-4 million for him in the Summer it would be tremendous business. Simmo is a good squad player, solid and dependable but lacks that something special needed if a club is going to continuosly push for a top 4 finish.

    Bring in a LB, move Davide to RB and either put Simmo on the bench or move him on.

  • redondo77

    Apr 12, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #4

    You guys think that Liverpool going to buy/ attempt to buy our player(s) again in summer?

  • davybtoon

    Apr 12, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #5

    Beattie is right doubt he will b here next season pardew has already said if he doesn’t sign he will b sold, I’d rather give tavernier a new deal anyway

  • redondo77

    Apr 12, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #6


    If we didn’t get rid of Barton, I don’t think we will be where we are right now.

  • Tsunki

    Apr 12, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #7

    I believe that DL has already said that there are no daft individual bonuses, no sponsorship stuff, just a basic wage and a team performance bonus, virtually the same as the SD way. If Danny is clinging on to the old way of doing things, playing the brinkmanship card and holding out for more money, then he will be gone and that would be for the best, regardless of how well he has done. If he can’t see ambition in the team he never will, so good luck moving to a better team. We need this sorting in good time, so he is running out of it imo.

  • davybtoon

    Apr 12, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #8

    Redondo they’ve jus sacked camolli so who knows what’s goin on there it’s a shambles that club, n who cares why is any of our players gonna go to a club lower than us n that includes Chelsea

  • Tsunki

    Apr 12, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #9

    Yeah think the scouser transfer policy just got changed 🙂 welcome back AC for £5m? Nah just joking lol 🙂

  • Tsunki

    Apr 12, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #10

    This summer will be a deadwood clearance sale, like the socks in the SD sock bin by the front door. Buy Ranger, get Lovenkrands free! Those who are not reaching their potential and whose attitude sucks likely also to be heaved out. Wage burners like Smudge and Xisco will be ejected asap and good money saved for those who want to pull the shirt on.

  • jimmymagpie

    Apr 12, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #11

    Ed – we aren’t that well off for strikers, as a couple of injuries, and we’re f-cked! Remember, there is another ACN next year, at a time when the FA Cup gets under way – do you want another Brighton? Ba is increasingly linked with a move, and Best just isn’t Premier League standard, and that has been very evident in recent weeks – does anyone out there seriously think that we would have anywhere near the points we have now if Best had played alongside Ba in recent weeks. Anyway, both Best and Ameobi are extremely injury prone

  • Beattie25

    Apr 12, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #12

    I agree Redondo

    I think giving Barton to QPR was the best bit of business that MA has done so far.

    I hope that we continue to move with great skill in the market. Never have I been so proud to see the way that NUFC are handlind things.

    I used to get excited at the prospect of our club spending £20 million on a single player. Now I cannot wait to see what bargains we find. I think Chelsea will need to invest £110 million + to have a chance of challenging the top 4 next year, Liverpool even more than that. We could do it for £15 million or less.

    I hope the summer is a hive of activity with players queing up to play for us. I just hope that MA/DL and the board see the potential, not only in our football team, but the chance for massive revenue increase and opportunity at strengthening the NUFC/Sports Direct brand. A little expenditure and we are on our way.

    I am one fan who doesnt mind NUFC giving the Sports Direct brand a piggy back as long is it delivers equal results as this season.

  • jimmymagpie

    Apr 12, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #13

    On Simpson, I think he has got better as the season has gone on, but I still have big doubts about him if we want to move to the next level.

  • Beattie25

    Apr 12, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #14

    Ha ha Tsunki

    ”…like the socks in the SD sock bin by the front door…”

  • Dannyo

    Apr 12, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #15

    Simmo is underrated due to his lack of skill going forward.
    He’s a fullback with a poor cross and he’s panicky on the ball.
    But he does his defensive duties well.
    He’s a good squad player but thats that. We need someone able to go forward aswell and be a bigger part of the passing game.

  • Beattie25

    Apr 12, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #16


    I agree 100%

    He is a decent player, there is no denying that fact.

    However in the 3 years we have had him he hasnt progressed to the level we expected. Given the season we have had, and the fact he is English, his price will be massivley inflated so it’s a great opportunity to make a healtyh profit and add that cash to our transfer kitty.

  • Tsunki

    Apr 12, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #17

    Jimmy give the ‘isn’t premiership quality’ jibe a rest man. No offence but that’s just a cacky throwaway line. Yes, I think he would play ok alongside Ba because they would switch roles and Ba would be hammering them in. Check out how much time besty has been on the pitch and how many goals, but remember also what teams he’s played in. All players are ‘injury-prone’, how do you think we paid peanuts for Demba?

  • Beattie25

    Apr 12, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #18

    Regarding Jay Rodriguez

    I have seen enough of him to feel cofident to say that the lad is amazing.

    Big, agile, fast, both feet, great header and a superb finisher. 22 years old, English and a future international IMO.

    I remeber a few years back when Burnley where in the prem. My mate who was a Burnley fan commented on Carroll saying ‘He looks a good player.’ I said ‘He’s good in the air and has a cracking shot but I’d swap him for Rodriguez in a heartbeat!’. Thats how much I rated him then and dy’a know what, I’d still swap him for Carroll now.

  • davybtoon

    Apr 12, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #19

    Beattie I reckon Rodriguez n knockaert Will come in as strikers

  • LooneyToon41

    Apr 12, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #20

    I’m not a fan of this whole ‘Fifa/PES’ throwaway opinion that every fullback should play like Roberto Carlos/Cafu ala Brazil and be flying down the wing, putting in great crosses and dribbling past 2 players. A fullback needs to be a good defender, full stop. Think Neville, Dixon,Winterburn. Even Ashley Cole looks jittery going forward, but over the years he’s been a very good defender!

  • toon-1983

    Apr 12, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #21

    for me simmo has had a good season but certain aspects of his game frustrate the hell outa me when he gets forward his cross is likely to hit the first man and in defence he backs of and backs off giving the winger loadza space to run into but wot he’s contribute to the team overall has been amazing but if we get a new left footed lb santon will probs move over to rb or if we get a rb like debuchy he will just come in for simmo so i can see simmo being more of a squad player next season

  • Russ and Roll

    Apr 12, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #22

    Bets thing we ever did was get rid of Nolan, Jose, Barton and Horse Face.
    This time last season we were terrible, there was too many cheifs and enough indians in the dressing room. With them lot gone we have a much stronger, balanced and understanding within the squad. They all just expected to be in the starting XI, this season players are proving they are worthy of wearing our historical black & white. Simmo im sorry but see you later fella, cheers for what you have done (tbh not much) but time to move on mate. Santon will play much better at RB and if we get Peiters and Douglas in we will have one of the best back 4’s in the league.

  • stestickle

    Apr 12, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #23

    sell him end of

  • chuck

    Apr 12, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #24

    Simpson ?
    The guy has been playing on a low ball contract up untill now and if i say so, done a pretty good job .
    As you apparently know nothing about the new contract other than, its about the way the money is to be paid, perhaps you can leave it to his agent and the club to sort out , instead of putting pressure on the guy to sign.
    As for your remark that those who left the club last year are playing poorly.
    I think you will find Joey is playing well for QPR, as is Enrique at L’Pool and Nolan at the Hammers, true Carroll is not having the season expected, but playing poorly, I think not.
    Get your facts straight, please!

  • Constanstine

    Apr 12, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #25

    He wanted to leave, now that we’re going to Europe, he wants to stay. That’s what superstars do but Simpson isn’t one. Get rid of him please.

  • lukes26

    Apr 12, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #26

    Ashley Cole is a very good attacking LB.

    I’ve never seen Ben Arfa pass the ball to Simpson past the halfway line. Why would he?

  • Charlietoon

    Apr 12, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #27

    jimmy how could it be evident in recent weeks that Best is not premiership standard…he has not played. You could look at Ba and say in recent weeks he is not premiership standard as he has not scored in 8 games! I dont mind Best being our third or fourth choice behind the dembas. We can and will do better as our stock rises.

    I think we should try and keep Simmo. He has played every match and I think we’d miss him if we didn;t have him. No one realises it because he has been there all season and I think that counts for something.

  • geordiejamie89

    Apr 12, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #28

    He’s a good player, but I’d rather sell him and get someone better in should the opportunity arrive. Santon will do well at RB. And if we sign a LB that looks solid and likes going forward then we’d be better off. Keep R Taylor as cover for LB and Fergie at a push, although he looks better further up the pitch.

  • DoctorZelig

    Apr 12, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #29

    Lukes26, the reason you don’t see,Ben Arfa pass the ball to Simpson past the halfway line, is that he has double the work load on that side because Benny doesn’t do defensive work. You need a strong defensive FB if you want a type like Benny on the wing…

    I do however believe that he should be shipped out if he does not sign a new contract.

  • cornishman

    Apr 12, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #30

    If simmo believes he,s good enough to hold the club to some sort of ransom or he thinks he will be head hunted….well like others that have tried to play that card, it will i,m sure be bye and thanks. He is a decent stopper but i believe we are now looking for more than that. Like others have said put Santon on the right and look for a left back with Railor filling in.
    Exciting times indeed…

  • wynsleap

    Apr 12, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #31

    I think the criticism of Simpson is very unfair. For the amount we paid for him he has been an excellent servant, very consistent, ever improving and never injury prone.
    An ever present in a team that’s currently fifth in the Premiership. Does that not say something? Even the official stats have him down as the League’s best right back.
    What more do you want? Is it because he doesn’t have a fancy foreign name that makes him a target?
    There’s an old saying – “You never miss the water ’til the well runs dry”. I think we may found that out with Danny if he left.
    I for one hope he stays. There are other positions that need filling/replacing before his.

  • Matthew Tom

    Apr 12, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #32

    I think I read the same thing about the club not doing image rights and all the other tax avoiding structures – the kind of thing that wiped out Rangers with a massive tax judgment against them. I like it a lot that our club pays a simple wage and team bonus and takes no tax risks.


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