It’s Make Up Your Mind Time For Newcastle Defender

News today in the Danny Simpson drawn out saga,  that Alan Pardew will meet with him at the end of the season to try to persuade him to sign a new deal at Newcastle.

Danny Simpson – in action against West Brom

Pardew would love for Danny to stay on Tyneside, although that doesn’t necessarily mean he would be a starter next season, but the contract negotiations began with Simpson last summer,  and there is still no agreement.

Newcastle are said to have offered Danny a five year deal, and the local papers have suggested it’s not the amount Danny doesn’t like,  but the way in which the money is being paid.

And we think what that means is the division of  money between image rights income and  ordinary salary.

In fact we had a good potential explanation of what could be happening with Danny from one of our  readers,  Richard Alderson,  a few weeks back.

This is what Richard said in his email:

In England currently the government and HMRC are clamping down on tax avoidance in sport. May clubs paid players in the form of image rights as well as a salary. So the money Simpson was being paid might have been split evenly between salary and image rights.

As the tax law stood he would pay 50% tax on his income above £100K a year but in the form of image rights the tax was only around 20%. As this is being cut out, there was an article somewhere a couple months ago stating that NUFC had met with HMRC and were cutting the image rights payments out from now on.

The clamp down on image rights payments is why Glasgow Rangers owe so much in unpaid tax to HMRC. Therefore I presume Simpson will want to be either paid in image rights, which we wont do as it is not allowed anymore, or he will want a pay increase to make up for the loss of tax.

That’s seems a good explanation of what could be happening with Danny’s contract, but Alan Pardew will want an answer from him very quickly, because if he doesn’t sign he will be moved out and Alan will bring in a top right back – somebody like Mathieu Debuchy of Lille, who is a good friend of Newcastle midfielder  Yohan Cabaye.

Danny has played his last game for Newcastle, at least for this season, and he will not be in the squad for the important game at Goodison Park next Sunday afternoon.

What do you think about all this?

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • lewytoon

    May 9, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #1


  • Toon Tang

    May 9, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #2

    has anyone even seen the xisco kid ? i reckon hes probably locked in ashley’s utility cupboard only to be brought out when he needs his balls dusting

  • redondo77

    May 9, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #3

    that’s a huge tax to pay. what is image rights anyway?

  • Londtoon

    May 9, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #4

    I can’t think of many times Simmo has messed up at the back. Worth keeping for that reason. His only problem is sometimes he shows his anger if HBA chooses to go alone instead of a passback to Simmo. Seems a frustrated character at times but a good player nontheless.

  • Londtoon

    May 9, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #5

    Image rights will be so the club can use his face, photos etc on the website etc and for promotional ads and the likes for the club.

  • redondo77

    May 9, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #6

    Thanks, Londtoon

  • TemuriKetsbaia

    May 9, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #7

    I’d say it’s more likely that the contract offered is a low basic wage and a higher bonus for playing. This protects the club in case of injury or loss of form. He probably feels there’s less chance of him playing with this sort of deal.

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    May 9, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #8

    Debuchy for Simpson any day of the week for me. Tavernier as a back-up, Also Perchy and Raylor could cover that too. No problemo.

  • Magpie_Man

    May 9, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #9

    please leave, your not that good. And if you go to a team that is not in europe, then you have no ambitions and need your head sortin out.

  • Benton Toon Exile

    May 9, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #10

    Good player, not a Santon though!

  • Minato

    May 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #11

    I must admit that my opinion on Danny is very mixed. For the better part I feel he can be very solid for us and we are all obviously aware of how often he has positioned himself well to make goal line short saving many points in the process.

    This may sound like a particularly harsh criticism to make but for me he is very average on all accounts. Not as creative going forward as Santon and although he is generally solid defensively..there are games where he simply doesn’t recover from being in an attacking positions and has been skinned.

    I like Danny but if I’m being honest we need quality defensive players to take another step forward. Id like to move on from being a defense that is either impenetrable on the day or completely shambolic. As grateful as I am to Danny and Williamson for some of their performances this season on their days they are both capable of being as woeful as they can be fantastic.

    I’d only really want Simpson to stay if the money was right and if he would be content being more of a squad player next season. With the direction we are heading in…if we are to continue to rise, in my view we should be looking at better defensive full backs like Pieters, Cissokho or Debuchy…Would love to see Mbiwa in as a CB as well but I digress..

    I think Ashley is right not to budge…I will always be grateful to him for some truly good performances but definitely expendable.

  • Pardew's fist pump

    May 9, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #12

    Money-grabbing git, sling your hook, we’ve had enough of your kind.

  • Munster Mag

    May 9, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #13

    Simpson is underrated imo . I’d like to keep him, but see a better RB come in. Simpson is very quick , likes a tackle and has helped with goal line clearances a few times. Very limited going forward, but as a nearly ever present in a good defence, logically he deserves credit.

  • Lynxie

    May 9, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #14


    Nail on the head mate. He has had a very good season, not great, remembering the nightmares at Brighton and Spurs and a few more, where he got caught out of position badly. However, we are a team moving in the right direction, and in much the same way that Kevin Nolan moving on was about money etc, it is about losing sentiment and going to the next level. Unfortunately danny Simpson (in my opinion) does not have a ‘Next’ level. Onwards and Upwards, if he goes, he goes with our thanks for his efforts. the king is dead, long live the king.
    Our next right full back might be the best we have ever seen at SJP. In Carr we trust.

  • check the toastie

    May 9, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #15

    Show him the door, enjoy your career in the championship Simmo, carried all year.

  • markmac

    May 9, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #16

    people keep saying we can have tavernier as either a starter or backup, i know hes played quite alot at various clubs in the last year, but not in the PL so i think he’s got to get some experience in the prem before he can start to play regular, maybe a loan to another prem club, like spurs have done with kyle walker, look how he’s turned out & he’s already capped by england isnt he?

  • joe

    May 9, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #17

    I actually think he’s a good backup player to have. Nobody knows exactly what the wages on offer are. But if he’s not satisfied with it i’m guessing its around 15000 p/w. Wouldn’t be very happy with that if i were him, considering he’d be 26 next season and he’s also a regular first teamer. Hope the club works things out with him though.

  • theleckworthbird

    May 9, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #18

    Sheer greed (probably by his agent) they get paid a fortune – all of them by normal standards. I think he knows he won’t cut the mustard next season so is just whining for more

  • cupiddstunt

    May 9, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #19

    Theleckworthbird @ # 18

    Rather daft statement “they get paid a fortune – all of them by normal standards”

    He is a footballer so footballer standards are to be used and as such he is not very well paid for someone that has played in just about every game this season.

  • mickg108

    May 9, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #20

    He’s on £20k a week & been offered £25k a week,,which for a Player who is never going to be Superb,,is a good rate,,only reason he’s rated best RB in PL,is because he’s been injury free,,as for Goal-Line Clearances,,Santon is catching up & if played @ RB would embarass Simmo in his attacking play..Get Rid,,Arsehole Villa are interested,,,Beye come to mind lmao..

  • Dojo Shaolin

    May 10, 2012 at 6:03 AM

    Comment #21

    Don’t sell him! He is good for our team!


    May 12, 2012 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #22

    No one player should be bigger than the Club itself !

    I would make a general rule that if a new contract is offered more than twice and is a signinficant improvement on the Old one then the door should be shown to both Player and Agent !

    This should apply to the whole squad ! And not only Simpson !

    It is a shame coz he is been a good player for in the last few years but after refusing numerous new contracts he should just GO!
    He is not irreplaceable!


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