How Long Will This Ridiculous Demba Ba Saga Go On?


Alan Pardew has gone out of his way today to stress there is no personal problem between Newcastle’s top striker Demba Ba and himself, and that they on the contrary have a good relationship.

Demba Ba – more of the same come January – oh no!

But it seems that the agents who are said to represent the striker will again try to ramp up interest in their client before the January transfer window rolls around, when some release clause in his contract becomes active again.

And we are assuming it’s that same one for £7M, which means the player himself gets about half the money and the agents get most of the rest of it – with very little going to Newcastle.

How this kind of thing can be allowed to go on is beyond belief, and there has to be something wrong with agents able to cause so much disruption at football clubs.

Some rules need to be put in place to stop agents from causing unrest among players as they try to find them new clubs – so they’ll get paid – and Demba Ba and Newcastle are exhibit number one.

How did we ever get ourselves into this mess?

This is what Alan had this to say about Demba Ba today:

“The situation is ongoing with him and his contract.” “I’ve got no problems with Demba. He’s a key player – trust me.” “He’s a team player and that’s why I signed him.”

“He’ll always be like that.” “I have spoke to him and he’s fine.” “Some of the comments said by him are out of his control and out of my control.” “We know each other well enough.”

“We haven’t a big pool of strikers. But we have a quality group.” “We have Demba, Papiss, Shola and Sammy and Haris. That is our group.” “Shola has a chance to stake his claim – he has looked terrific in training.”

“We have young Campbell and it is a great opportunity for him to travel and get a piece of it.”

It’s a good opportunity tonight for Shola to show what he can do for the club, and also for some of our top youngsters who are likely to get a game, including James Tavernier, Gael Bigirimana, Romain Amalfitano, Sammy Ameobi, Haris Vuckic, Mehdi Abeid and maybe even 17 year-old Adam Campbell.

We’re looking for the win tonight – we need something to cheer us up.

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34 comments so far

  • Carryingcoals

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #1

    Ba will stay. NO club will pay the fee with the injury hanging over him. Nor will we give him a new contract. 2 more years with us. Time for people to stop moaning and play some football.

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #2

    Well, it’s only actually been going on for 3 nights as far as I can tell and mostly on this somewhat impotent blog.

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  • check the toastie

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #3

    As long as Pardew keeps talking about it, he is the only one making the headlines, space cadet.

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  • CisseIsALegend

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #4

    The answer to that question is simple: Either when he is sold or when he signs a new contract and I don’t see either of those happening soon so we should just get used to it.

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  • Carryingcoals

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #5

    You could say it went on all summer though…

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  • check the toastie

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #6

    Emre or Cabaye, gotta say loved Emre when he was at the Toon, he was superb even if he was a little chubby, he is now at Athletic Madrid and is still so classy.

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  • NUFClad

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #7

    look at what Demba just retweeted on twitter from a Ryan Keane, proves that all of this is agent talk and that Demba wants to stay

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  • Grafton83

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #8

    Why can’t agents get paid a percentage of the players salaries instead of payments in a lump sum when they are transferred. Surley that would be a better system.

    As for Demba, I’m not convinced clubs are willing to pay the 7 million with his medical history. He is happy here despite the last few comments from his agent. I think there’s a high chance he’d stay no matter what

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  • archaeomag

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #9

    @ED
    . .. until he gets injured

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  • CisseIsALegend

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #10

    Cabaye because he isn’t racist

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  • Unbroken1

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #11

    …WTF is up with Pardew ‘revealing’ the details of the clause continuing through Christmas?
    Weren’t management and owner supposedly put-out when ‘Arry revealed a clause existed first time around?
    I swear he’s on some Sports Direct sales-related bonus… Beginning of the Summer I heard him say in an interview that a successful transfer window would be if they could hold on to the squad they already have, but then he couldn’t help himself from adding “but, for example, if a team like Arsenal came in with a big offer for someone like Yohan Cabaye… well…”, Cabaye, never going anywhere up until that point, then linked with every bloody club for the rest of the Summer. Talk about pitching a sale…

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #12

    Checkthetoastie, thats a ridiculous thing to say. the media has been full of Ba stuff – of course Pards has to comment. It would be worrying if he didnt! This guy got us to our best position in years last season – give him a break ffs!

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  • Grafton83

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #13

    Also I don’t see a problem with Alan Pardew talking about the clause Demba Ba’s agent would be telling everyone about the clause anyway it will be well known within the game even if it’s the first we’ve heard of it.

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  • 89Norcal

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #14

    Pardew is making it clear the AGENT IS AT FAULT here. You don’t consider transfer from a club that has embraced you because of 1 match as a substitute, that’s not how it works…

    Ba seems to be genuinely pleased at NUFC, rather he’s just bee frustrated by his previous goal drought and wants to force the issue with him and Cisse. And he must know that at Arsenal he’s unlikely to get more playing time.

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  • pawl250

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #15

    This is more related to this article! But again Ed add wood to the fire reposting the same thing over and over….. the answer the article headline is = ASLONG AS YOU KEEP POSTING ABOUT IT!

    pawl250 // Sep 20, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Look we are all jumping to conclusion. Ba hasnt said he wants to leave, his agent has. Ba during a post match interview said he was unhappy with not getting picked but it happens.

    I think people need to calm down. Please show me a quote showing this guy “DEMANDED” 100k a week?

    Please show me a quote where Ba himself said he wanted to leave?!

    This is the same player saying dont listen to any news unless he says it himself as he only speaks for himself no one else. This was when all the rumors of leaving in the summer were flying about.

    The lynch squad are looking for blood today, blaming the manager, chairman, the next door neighbour and Ba.

    CALM DOWN! He cant go anywhere until January why upset players, or talk about something so far away!?

    He said he was happy here and didnt want to leave the club. That was from him less than 7-8 weeks ago and that is good enough for me!

    If I have to read the same Ba storyline for 3 months before the deadline opens AND then 1 month through the deadline it will make this blog very depressing!

    People need to get a grip! Ed your not helping posting utter garbage on wage demands when Ba himself hasnt even said he wants to leave!

    RANT OVER!

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #16

    Cabaye for me, Emre couldn’t hold down a regular place despite his undoubted ability. Cabaye is always one of the first picked.

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  • Jamesthefirst

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #17

    BA has every right to be unhappy. As any striker would be who is not the focus of the attack. But he has NO RIGHT to tell the media this. He is paid big wages to be a player and a representative of Newcastle Utd.

    The fans have spent too many years reading the newspapers digging up stories about our club and writing about us negatively. Under Pardew this has practically gone away. And it is a much tighter ship.

    As Pardew said astutely after the game, he dropped BA to make him angry because he plays much better when he has a chip on his shoulder. It was brilliant man management, because it finally brought the best of BA this season.

    BA should be fined for his stupid comments. The club is bigger than you BA or your Agent, and it is about time you realised this.

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #18

    What the absolute f**k!? So the release clause is only active during transfer windows? Oh, that’s ok then. I’m so glad that the only time we don’t have to sell him is when no one can buy him anyway. That’s a relief. Of course it might all be loblocks anyway, since I don’t remember pardew saying anything about release clauses at any point. Just steak face crooknapp

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  • LGFUAD21

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #19

    Cabaye needs to be given a more specific role. He is wasted atm as a

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  • CisseIsALegend

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #20

    At least we know Shola won’t leave in January 😀

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  • pawl250

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #21

    Look at Twitter 5 minutes ago!

    “I AM HAPPY WHERE I AM FRIEND. HOW CAN I NOT BE? I PLAY FOR NEWCASTLE”

    This is basically the post made by Demba Ba himself, not his agent, not his aunty, not his hamster! NOW PLEASE CAN WE STOP REPOSTING THE SAME NEWS OVER AND OVER!

    Sorry for the CAPS but sometimes people just have a melt down when all it is really is agent/paper talk which really is GARBAGE!

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  • LGFUAD21

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #22

    …DM. Which he seems to be

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  • LGFUAD21

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #23

    Markaccus.

    Lol.

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #24

    😀

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  • pawl250

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #25

    Markcus, he acknowledged it in a interview yesterday. Please look up previous threads, although you may have to look through the 80 that has been created on this subject!

    But basically he said along the lines of the clause situation is an issue we have to deal with during the January window.

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #26

    Shola Ameobi is coming into his own as a player and a man, I have the utmost respect for him.

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #27

    Ah well fair enough pawl, the clause existence has been confirmed. However, I’m pretty sure its only floppy chops redknapp who said it was 7M. How does he know. It was a wild guess at ba’s value I think. Ba has 3 goals this season, making him our no 1 choice up front if we only play one striker. Can’t imagine him wanting to leave.

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  • bollance

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #28

    Been thinking about the Ba ‘contract clause’ and why pardew would bring it up?

    Pardew is very PR orientated. Therefore we must have something to gain from pardew’s headline yesterday.

    I think we gain the following,

    1) we have a cosmopolitan team who could probably play in different leagues in Europe as well as obviously the prem. suggesting Ba available and at cut down price invites scouts to see Ba and rest of nufc team in action.
    2) timing. Ba is now big news as he wa sensationally and maybe unfairly dropped yet he smashed 2 goals in 45 mins. And now pardew let fly with the ‘release clause’ story.
    3) in the past joey Barton / AC used to make the headlines and all for the wrong reason. Bad PR. This story is football related and advertises the brand nufc for the right reasons.
    4) don’t think we will sell as £7m a big risk especially with the wages Ba is asking for. Ba needs to be playing in the team and scoring for next two years so he can get his final big pay day probably to Russia because they pay the most 😉
    5) pardew exerts his power. Ba wants more money. Pardew reading between the lines hints Ba can go else where if he wants more money but only if someone offers decent money for someone with a failed medical history.

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  • jimmymagpie

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #29

    Pawl – it will be forever posted and written about so long as gobsh-tes like our manager keep bringing it up. Every time he opens his mouth he digs a deeper and deeper hole for himself, whether it’s about transfers, injuries, or whatever. Don’t just blame agents either, because I hope that you’re not naive enough to believe that clubs, including NUFC, don’t use them to tout players for sale! Ba has been a pain in the ar-e since he came back from the ACN, moaning about being played out of position, the lack of summer transfer activity, not being allowed to play in the Olympics, and being dropped at Everton. It is simple economics, that under the Owner’s financial and transfer policies, that we will have to sell 1 or 2 of our better players in order to make significant signings. Our turnover isn’t big enough to make it any different. Income less than £100m, nearly 60% of which is swallowed straight away, how on earth do you think signings can be made? The only reason we didn’t sell in the summer was because we got no bids, enquiries yes, but no bids, therefore we weren’t able to carry through with the Debuchy and Douglas transfers. It’s not rocket science. My own nephew is looking for new clubs now for 2 players on behalf of a north-east club, who want to raise funds, and he won’t be the only one the club has employed.

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  • Carryingcoals

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #30

    MY views on why Ba will remain a Newcastle player and why everyone needs to calm down a bit to say the least!

    http://www.carryingcoals.com/?p=131

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  • magicbus

    Sep 20, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #31

    If he wants 100k then its goodbye Ba in January end of.
    C`mon Mr, Carr and find us a replacement.
    Unfortunately money talks and tbh who can blame him if he leaves, loyalty is thin on the ground and only a few players throughout the Premiership have it.

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  • Carryingcoals

    Sep 20, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #32

    For anyone to say we should sell him because we have Vuckic and Campbell then that’s the most ludicrous thing I’ve ever heard.

    I like Ba, he should have started against Everton. Let’s just look forward to tonight’s game.

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  • jimmymagpie

    Sep 20, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #33

    Carryingcoals @ 32 – hear, hear to that!

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  • Wey Aye Cabaye

    Sep 20, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #34

    On top of all that’s going on recently, he’s demanding wages above the wage cap, proving he now thinks he’s bigger than the team! We signed him for free and gave him publicity in the Premier League and now after being dropped for an unthinkable total of 1 game, his agent is unsettling the pack. We all love Demba, but no one man is bigger than the team, and certainly not the toon! Sort it out, or we could be searching for another striker come January.

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