We were extremely disappointed and depressed to see Loic Remy agree to join QPR yesterday for about twice the wages Newcastle offered the French International, but if a player wants to join a small club like QPR just for the money, and play in front of 18,000 fans or less in their home games, there’s really precious little any club can do about it.
Alan Pardew - must be frustrated at missing out on Remy
Newcastle seem to have offered around £45K/week to Remy, and that seems to fit in with what our other players are making at the club, but what can a club do when QPR come in and the only thing they have to attract top players is to pay out silly wages?
And QPR owner Tony Fernandes has proved he is very willing to pay out big money to ordinary players to get them to join the London club – Harry Redknapp has already admitted that.
Newcastle and other PL clubs – except Chelsea, Manchester City and now QPR – are not daft enough to go into a bidding war on wages, and Newcastle shouldn’t have gone back and offered Remy the equivalent of what QPR offered him – we’re glad they didn’t do that in retrospect.
That would have caused all kinds of backlash among our current players – who have earned the wages they are receiving on Tyneside.
Our only hope is that Newcastle’s good name is what attracts good players to the club, and the last two months we have taken some hits to that good name to be sure.
Demba Ba left so quickly in January that the door didn’t even hit him on the way out, and now Remy has chosen QPR simply for the wages – and we don’t think it’s because he wants to play at Loftus Road rather than at St. James’ Park.
And Alex Ferguson showed his immaturity recently by calling Newcastle that small club from the north-east – and he kind of apologized to Geordie fans for that stupid statement – kind of.
Remember, the one and only reason that Manchester City and Chelsea are two top clubs in England right now, are their Billionaire owners have poured millions and millions into the club – that’s the only reason – and to our way of thinking there’s something wrong about that – where’s the competition?
That’s what the Financial Fair Play Rules are supposed to do but they seem to be having zero effect on clubs.
Remy went after the money before he came to Newcastle, whereas Demba Ba went after the money after he came to Newcastle, and it’s probably best that both players are not wearing the black and white stripes of Newcastle - because they don’t want to be here.
It’s an old adage and maybe too well worn, but if players don’t want to join Newcastle so be it - and at least the players we have on Tyneside are at the club for the right reasons, because they want to play for our club.
That’s the way I choose to think about this – that’s my right – and it helps me keep sane about a club I have supported and been daft about for 64 years.
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