If Newcastle Players Want More Money – They Will Move On

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?

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    May 10, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #1

    We must However pay a competitve wage, other wise the club will forever remain a club in transition

  • catchy in norway

    May 10, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #2


    i agree, but it seems the club will pay good money for those who deserve it, i bet colo is on around 50g a week still, as will be tiote

  • Indian Magpie

    May 10, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #4

    i know but from contract 2 contract there must be a palpable and a deserved risein money

  • dannyboy

    May 10, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #5

    if were looking top 4 next year its time for the two dannys to go,simple. unless they will be happy as back up players on a low wage but i serverly doubt it.

  • Special K

    May 10, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #6

    Collo’s on 80k a week if not more with his new contract.
    If Simpson is sold for a decent price like say £4m we hopefully can go after someone like Debuchy, who it looks like will be starting for France at the Euros. It would allow us to develop Tav by playing him in the cup games and some European games.

    Pieters in to cover the other flank and CB along with a CB and I’d be very happy.

    I’d love to see someone like Marvin Martin come in to offer an alternative to Jonas’s hard running style, just to give us more options. I wouldn’t say no to someone like Hoillett but that would give me the indication Ba would be off, remember we’ve got Marveaux back to do that next year.


    May 10, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #7

    The bastion of NUFC truth has spoken though pretty sure I read this story last summer

  • Indian Magpie

    May 10, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #8

    we should offer simpson a wage of 40K a week and a vineyard in scotland 🙂

  • Special K

    May 10, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #9

    Also did anyone see this


    From the 2010/11 season so according to ESPN we’ve reduced our wage bill to £34m which last year would have been good enough for second least.

  • catchy in norway

    May 10, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #10

    simpson isnt worth a bag of mojos and £20 a week,
    leon best worth even less,

    we seem to have 2 extreams at newcastle, good or crap and a small grey area in the middle

  • Cardboy

    May 10, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #11

    dannyboy…. 25k a week(a low wage!!!) lol wish I was on that

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 10, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #12

    The club is always in transition.

    With 25 squad members plus the U21’s there’s always going to be four or five, who move on or are out of contract.

    Derek Llambias hinted that the club would cash in on a couple of top players.
    I guess this will finance another wave of young, hungry continental players.
    The strategy seems to work, the club are shrewd buyers and the quality and depth of the squad is improving.

    Get ready for a couple of transfers we don’t want and a lot of G. Carr selected youngsters coming in.

  • dannyboy

    May 10, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #13

    cardboy. . . . they think there better thank they are and there worth more , i reckon simpsons got a big ego!! defo move santon on the right, he looks super there

  • Rotonda heights

    May 10, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #14

    we are getting so many things right now, like the youth development etc and a wage ceiling is a superb idea. It means pay becomes more incentive and performance based, ie set wage but bonuses for achieving goals, something Nolan and Barton didn’t want to do.

  • Indian Magpie

    May 10, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #15

    do clubs like fulham, Villa, everton etc pay wages of 25k for their RBs

  • Indian Magpie

    May 10, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #16

    Even modric was on 45K till last year @tottenham

  • Papiss_Myself

    May 10, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #17

    I might be alone here but I’m sad that Danny is probably going this summer. He has played well all season, made some really important goal line clearences and has a good work rate. But if all he cares about is more money rather than the club and team then I guess he is replaceable. Would rather have someone with an equal amount of talent but loves the game more than money. I mean lets face it, Danny isn’t exactly earning peanuts. Just wish he could see that for himself.

  • catchy in norway

    May 10, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #18

    i think all player think they should be on superstar wages, 10 g aweek, half a million a year for a player with the abilty of a bottom half / championship team , hmmm mee thinks he is getting ahead of himself, the chelsea story is made up, they wouldnt take him

  • KevinHann

    May 10, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #19

    I want to point out an essential mistake – our wages are not that low as the chart you use is applied to a representative squad, not the entire team. Look at the stats in it and compare – Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City – all the top clubs actually pay more than DOUBLE the wages the chart says they do.

    Our financial results are incredible, but to believe we have bettered Manchester United’s turnover to wages ratio in a single season is ridiculous. Don’t let yourselves be mislead by incorrect stats!

  • Dojo Shaolin

    May 10, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #20

    why everyone want Simpson to leave? he was outstanding for nufc this year!!! keep him and get rid of guthrie and gosling!!!

  • LocalZero

    May 10, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #21

    Realistically it feels like we’re going to lose someone that none of us want to lose this summer. Someone like Ben Arfa, Tiote, Krul etc. Maybe a couple of them. Lambias has already said as much. The club needs to find the resolve to keep these guys for a couple of seasons and get the best out of them because we won’t always be so lucky with bringing new guys in to replace them. In other words I think we need to bring in young replacements for these guys now.

    eg. say we bring in someone like Jerson Cabral from Feyenoord, he gets pitch time as a sub and in the cups for a couple of years. Then at least we have backup for HBA if we have to let him go (if not we keep them both!)
    Without a plan like that then this season might end up being nothing more than a flash in the pan, especially if we can’t afford the wages to keep our own players. We can’t rely on Alan Carr’s dad to keep unearthing gems at the drop of a hat. We were lucky (and the staff deserve credit here too) that the likes of Cabaye, Cisse, Tiote etc all settled so quickly but it doesn’t always happen.

  • check the toastie

    May 10, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #22

    Simpson is poo, close the door on your way out bonny lad, turning down contracts at a club that is the biggest he will ever ply his trade, the lad has lost the plot, and if anybody mentions goalline clearance again i am going to hunt them down and burn them alive……..

  • LooneyToon41

    May 10, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #23

    @9. Special K. Good spot mate. We have to keep our finances under control. The phrase ‘Speculate to Accumulate’ has finally been outed as just bad management. NUFC have been very guilty of this in the past. Look at Villa now! Huge losses and no money to spend in the summer. Are Liverpool going to keep spending big? I very much doubt it.

  • LooneyToon41

    May 10, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #24

    @ 19. Kevin. And don’t let yourself be hoodwinked by flawed ‘performance measures’. Useful though ‘Wages as a % of Revenue’ is, it’s a flawed performance measure taken on it’s own. Two different clubs could have the same %, but one be very profitable and cash rich, and the other could be making catastophic losses, and have growing debts they can’t manage long term.
    Hence why UEFA quickly binned this ideal in favour of their current Financial Fair Play stategic guidelines.

  • markmac

    May 10, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #25

    gosling yeh, but guthrie no!

  • markmac

    May 10, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #26

    @ 20 btw

  • mkhalaf

    May 10, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #27

    I would understand danny if he were to be going to a place where he would be gettin paid 3times the amount he was gettin here, lets say 70k/week,,,but no club would offer him more than 30k/week, which is a 5k increase only and he would prolly be playin for a lesser quality team such as fulam or everton if he were to start……

  • mkhalaf

    May 10, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #28

    my point is that if u r willing to leave newcastle for a 5k increase in wages and go to a worse club…. then WE DONT WANT U AT NEWCASTLE!!!!!!! u r purely materialistic and for 5 f****g !!!! pathetic

  • mkhalaf

    May 10, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #29

    my point is if u leave newcastle for 5k more a week and go to a lesser team,,,WE DONT WANT U AT NEWCASTLE!!!! ex. NOLAN/BARTON

  • davis_toons

    May 11, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #30

    If Simpson is sold for a decent price like say £4m? Do you think Simpson can fetch such a price? I really doubt tbh.


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