Gone are the days of Freddy Shepherd when Newcastle players could expect hefty wage deals at the club.
Danny Simpson – moved out in the summer
Let’s hope that player behind him moves to Newcastle his summer!
In order to get their finances under firm control, the club have reduced their wage bill from around £74M in the relegation year three years ago to around £34.7M this season.
We reported a couple of days ago about how Newcastle have reduced their wage bill by 34% alone over the last year, so it’s less than half of what it was when we had those highly paid stars in 2009, who were usually in the treatment room at Newcastle.
The really sad thing about being relegated, was that Newcastle had the 6th highest wage bill in the league, yet we finished in 18th position, and it seems the powers that be at the club have learned from that statistic.
We expect that wage bill to start rising again soon, as Newcastle have shown they are willing to give good players good deals, once they have proved themselves at Newcastle, and that’s true for players like Fabricio Coloccini, Jonas Gutierrez, Tim Krul and Cheick Tiote to name but four.
All those players are starters at the moment, and have been with Newcastle through the bad times, and helped bring Newcastle surging back, following our relegation three years ago.
And of course Coloccini has proved himself one of the best center-backs in the Premier League this season, so those lads all deserve the new improved contracts they have received.
Players who are not satisfied with their contract offers, and they seem to include Danny Simpson and Danny Guthrie at the moment, will be moved out in the summer and the Journal is reporting today hat the club have lost patience with Simpson, and he is likely to be sold in the summer.
Guthrie’s four year contract will run out at the end of June, and if he doesn’t accept Newcastle’s offer he can sign on at some other club, with Aston Villa being one club who seem to be interested.
And a third player who will probably be sold is Leon Best, who returned from his ankle injury a few weeks back, but has never got any playing time in the recent games, and has not even made the bench in the last few games.
That could be a communication to Leon that it will be very hard for him to get playing time next season, and Glasgow Celtic were interested in the player in January.
Fraser Forster will be moved out this summer, if Celtic come up with the right offer for him, and Newcastle will bring in another goalkeeper to replace the Hexham born 6’7″ keeper.
Fraser seems happy enough to play in Scotland, even through the SPL is the 18th rankled league in European football – with the English Premier League being ranked number one followed by Spain at number two.
It will be an extremely important summer for Newcastle, and as well as bringing good players in for both the first team and the Development squads, it will be important to move players out to free up places in the first team squad.
That has already been achieved in the Development squad, with 12 players moving on when their contracts expire at the end of June.
If first team players want to accept the wage offer from Newcastle, then they can stay on Tyneside, but the likelihood of Newcastle significantly improving the deals already offered, seems very slim indeed.
What do you think about this?