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Danny Simpson Return Brings Up Contract Issue

11:06 am, Thursday, October 4th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 39 Comments

Alan Pardew defended Danny Simpson as a player at Newcastle, and thinks Newcastle would not have had the defensive problems we had in the second half at Reading on Sunday afternoon, if Danny had been in the team.

Danny Simpson – contract runs out next summer

Danny will return and play at right back tonight, and although he can play in central defense, he will not play there tonight, according to the Newcastle manager.

But every time Danny’s name comes up, we remember he has just one year left on his contract at Newcastle, and could leave for nothing next summer, and other clubs can talk to him in January.

We hope that Newcastle can get down to business and get both Danny Simpson and Demba Ba signed up before the end of the year – but that’s unlikely to happen, from what we can tell.

This is what the Newcastle manager told the Shields Gazette today about Danny, who has been a solid player for Newcastle over the last three seasons:

“I just think he’s a good defender,” “I think he’s had some unfair criticism in terms of me improving the team by replacing Danny.” “I actually don’t agree with that, especially defensively.”

“We wouldn’t have had the problems we had at Reading in our 2-2 on Sunday, if Danny had been fit.” “Danny could play in central defense, but he won’t against Bordeaux.”

Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini will miss the game tonight, although Colo is expected to be in the starting line-up on Sunday afternoon to face Manchester United at home, and we’d be surprised if Steven plays in that game.

Negotiations on a new deal for Simpson started about 15 months but they completely broke down earlier this year, and it’s not known if a new offer will be made by Newcastle this season, probably not.

Danny may not be world-class but he’s a very solid player for the club, and always gives his very best and he’s a first class professional – we’d like to see him stay on Tyneside.

What do you think?

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39 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mo Drysdale // Oct 4, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    My team for tonight:
    —————Harper
    Simpson Perch Williamson Anita
    Sameobi Cabaye Bigirimana Ferguson
    ———–Obertan—–Ameobi

  • 2 NUFCWill1986 // Oct 4, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    I like him, sign him up

  • 3 jawballsaswallwell // Oct 4, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    If I was Simmo, I’d simply run down my contract and then as a free agent be better placed to negotiate a better deal on better terms at another club. I’d be very surprised if he doesn’t do this because he knows Newcastle want to replace him in the first 11 but keep him on as a squad player and I’m sure he is too ambitious to accept that.

  • 4 Conaldo (The Wizard) // Oct 4, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Elliot
    Simpson Willo perch ferguson
    Obertan cabaye Anita Sammy/ marveaux
    Shola cisse

    That should be enough to win it,

  • 5 catchy in norway // Oct 4, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    why not play obertan on the left ,center, and in defence,, maybe he can play in goal to,, he has proved many time that the right wing is to easy for him,,

    he carnt cross
    he shit at passing
    runs fast but not with a ball at his feet,,

    for christ sake,, give other kids a chance instead of him

  • 6 jesperfuglsang // Oct 4, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Catchy…easy now; don’t you worry mate :)

    …Wizard and I have talked this over and we have decided to return Obertan to Man Utd; we still have warranty on him and since he is clearly broken SAF has to take him back :D lol

  • 7 Lynxie // Oct 4, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Obertan couldnt even make the sign of a cross

  • 8 Jail for Ashley // Oct 4, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Is Williamson going to have to play in every game that STaylor or Collo aren’t fit,we all talked about Tav being the next best RB,then Pards starts talking him up as a CB before he appears as a LB,I’ve got nothing against Willo I just think it’s too much to ask for a player these days to have to play in every game then get slaughtered on blog sites because they make the odd howler(every game).

  • 9 totsy // Oct 4, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Obertan couldn’t cross a road

  • 10 Conaldo (The Wizard) // Oct 4, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Jesper – have you found the receipt, I’ve looked in all my trouser pockets and just can’t find it?! :)

  • 11 Lynxie // Oct 4, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Obertan couldn’t eat a hot cross bun

  • 12 Jail for Ashley // Oct 4, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Obertan won’t be getting a new contract unless he improves drastically,after this year he will still have one full season before entering the last year of his contract in which we should be able to sell him for a million pounds,if he chooses tosee out his contract however we are stuck with him for almost three years.

  • 13 Lynxie // Oct 4, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Obertan doesnt even know what that big wooden thing is that Jesus was hung up on……

  • 14 Lynxie // Oct 4, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Obertan hasn’t got a clue about the organisation for supplying first aid in strife torn areas, because it is called the ‘Red (something or other…)’.

  • 15 jawballsaswallwell // Oct 4, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Yep, the club is treating Willo like a donkey. They’ll play him until he drops foaming at the mouth to his knees with exhaustion and then cart him off to the glue factory without so much as a word of thanks. Poor stiff.

  • 16 geordie157 // Oct 4, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Obertan as usual getting stick before he’s even stepped onto the pitch. I was at the reading game and Jonas was rubbish, I think he’s been poor so far this season, he works hard but constantly plays put passes or falls over, yet does he get any abuse, no!

    good to see Simpson back!

  • 17 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Oct 4, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    You could tell Obertan he looks like squidward and he still wouldn’t get cross.

    Ah, harmless Obertan banter. The useless *”^&*( &”**2889 &*!!!!

    Obertan to score tonight (as this worked a treat last time ;) )

  • 18 totsy // Oct 4, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Obertan can dot the i’s. But he can’t cross the t’s

  • 19 Conaldo (The Wizard) // Oct 4, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    I would absolutely love it if obertan scored a hat trick tonight just to see the look on the faces of the people who slag him off all the time.

  • 20 Conaldo (The Wizard) // Oct 4, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Cue abuse :)

  • 21 totsy // Oct 4, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Great shout with the Squidward similarity there Ibiza haha

  • 22 dave 1961 // Oct 4, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster today received surprise England calls as Roy Hodgson & we sold Him for £2m.

  • 23 totsy // Oct 4, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    He could score a hatrick and he’d still be an awful player in my eyes

  • 24 pawl250 // Oct 4, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    My team,

    ——————– Elliot ———————
    ————————————————-
    Simpson — Willo — Perch — Ferguson
    ————————————————-
    —– Anita — Cabaye — Bigi ———–
    ————————————————-
    Obertan ——– Cisse ——- Marveaux

    Obertan and Marveaux have licence to roam. They will also have no defensive obligation as they will stop full backs running forward. This means they are NOT a liability in our half.

    Cabaye can move forward knowing he has defensive cover in Bigi and Anita.

    Ferguson can have a chance to shine.

    Cisse can attempt to gain confidence after being a shadow of the player he was last season.

    Cabaye/Simpson need match fitness.

    Anita has his chance in centre midfield his ‘preferred’ position.

    Bigi gets more experience, he deserves his place. Arguably Tiote could play to get fitness levels up. I do think it wouldnt be wise to push him with him having alot of injuries recently.

  • 25 jesperfuglsang // Oct 4, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Wizard…do you think we’ll need it? (I seem to have misplaced it)

  • 26 jawballsaswallwell // Oct 4, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    You miserable fickle wretches. Obertan has only been consistently disappointing from the moment he set foot in the country.

    A little patience please.

  • 27 fray bentos // Oct 4, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Obertan was great against Man U, i don’t remember having many chances to cross, what i do remember is him scaring their full backs, stretching their back line and threading a few very neat passes through multiple defenders

    If he can now just get the condifence (or the go-ahead from the manager) to take on players, he will become amazing in time

    Give him some time you boring slaters, and stop booing him

  • 28 Lynxie // Oct 4, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Conaldo @ 20:
    I am personally sick of people who abuse their cues……

  • 29 Lynxie // Oct 4, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Obertan has huge problems with those cryptic puzzles in the newspaper, where you get clues down and clues a……..

  • 30 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Oct 4, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Fray…..He is improving, I agree. I say give him time, but there does come a point where you start asking whether others should be getting more time instead.

    Lynxie…If you’re serious, you can call 0800-052-0921 for information on cue abuse awareness. It is a very big issue in today’s society and the more people know, the more chance we have to eradicate it.

  • 31 jawballsaswallwell // Oct 4, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Actually, my post @26 was just f****n around, I pretty much entirely agree with Fray Bentos @27, but Oba still has to do it.

  • 32 Lynxie // Oct 4, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Ibiza: LOL. Thanks mate, its becoming a major problem LMAO

  • 33 check the toastie // Oct 4, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Spot on Pardew, Danny played well in Central defence against Norwich away last year (conceded 4) and also sure Danny was playing in games against Wigan, Spurs and Fulham away, what a load of shit.

  • 34 Lynxie // Oct 4, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Obertan flies doon the wing, gives the full backs a real Possing,
    But turns around and passes back, coz hes terrified of crossing.
    The crowd go wild, they scream and shout and eagerly urge him on,
    But its all for nowt as he shites himself, and gives the ball to Simpson.
    Young Fergie shows him how its done with electric pace and flair.
    He whips it in – its in the net: A Demba exocet in mid-air.

    I’ll get me coat……

  • 35 Lynxie // Oct 4, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    BANG. and the blog is gone.

  • 36 AmericanGeordie // Oct 4, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    I think Danny Simpson is solid defensively, but he gives us LESS THAN ZERO moving forward. He has NO quality in the final third. As a first XI player, he’s better suited for a mid-table club that plays an unispired 4-4-2 direct game — a Big Sam type of club.

    If we aspire to be a club that plays in Europe EVERY season and is regularly in the mix for a top 4 finish, Danny would be a great squad player. However, we need first team FBs who can make maurading runs and overlaps; FBs who can deliver quality crosses, and also run at people. FBs who would allow us to play a 4-3-3 and deliver the attactive attacking football that the Geordie faithful and St. James Park deserve.

  • 37 Ketsbaia9 // Oct 4, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    We would’ve lost to Reading if Danny Simpson was playing. We’re really missing Ryan Taylor.

  • 38 Ketsbaia9 // Oct 4, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    He’d still get exploited at the back if he was playing for AFC Wimbledon. He invites players to beat him and cross the ball.

  • 39 matt11_25 // Oct 4, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Honestly to our improve our team we do need to get somebody better offensively than Danny… but he would also have to be as solid defensively… otherwise it might hurt us.. such a player will not be cheap Mike!!!




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