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Newcastle Complete Last Gasp Xisco Deal – Contract Terminated

5:41 am, Friday, February 1st, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 27 Comments

Newcastle did some good business just before the transfer deadline ended last night, when they terminated Xisco’s contract by mutual consent – and the Spaniard joined Spanish second division side Cordova as a free agent, but not before he was paid £50K/week for four and a half years of his five year contract by Newcastle.

xisco with colo

Coloccini with Xisco in pre-season last year

It was one of the worst deals Newcastle have ever made in the transfer market, when back in August of 2008, Newcastle signed him from Deportivo for £5.7M on the very last day of that summer transfer window.

Xisco made only 11 first team appearances in four a half years after it became obvious fairly earl on in his Newcastle career, that he just wasn’t good enough for the Newcastle first team – and it is testament to the stupidity of giving a lad a five year contract at £50K/week when he is completely untried in the tough English Premier League.

And to try to recuperate the wages they were paying the lad, Newcastle continually loaned the Spanish U21 International out to other clubs, once to Racing Santander and twice to his former club Deportivo.

And it all started off so well at Newcastle too, when he made his debut in September against Hull City – the game after Kevin Keegan had walked out on the club for the second time – when Xisco scored in the 2-1 defeat against Hull City at St. James’ Park – in a season that would see Newcastle relegated for the first time from the Premier League.

Xisco’s huge wage bill is now off the books at Newcastle, and it could be that Newcastle’s top earner at the club at the moment – captain Fabricio Coloccini – could also be on his way and his £65K/week wages at Newcastle could also be off the books, if he returns to his home country of Argentina in the summer, for personal reasons.

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27 responses so far ↓

  • 1 reccerobbo // Feb 1, 2013 at 5:45 AM

    Good riddance. Dennis Wise u cockney C#%T

  • 2 No Plain Saylor // Feb 1, 2013 at 6:11 AM

    Its not ‘one of the worst deals” without doubt its the worst deal this club ever did. Thank god he’s gone. He obviously didn’t care too much about his footballing career when he let any talent he had rot over the last 5 years, but hey it was in his right, some people are after money and that’s all, I don’t blame him, like many other I blame Wise.. what a tw@t !
    So thats 50k of the wages, Colo in the summer i’d say.. 65k
    And although i like ryan taylor there is no way in hell as a squad player he is worth his 45k a week..
    160k in wages freed up in the summer.. big signing or two?? :)

  • 3 Ben3arfa // Feb 1, 2013 at 6:29 AM

    Xisco – Newcastle’s own Winston Bogarde story

    What a nightmare it was

  • 4 stretchintoon // Feb 1, 2013 at 6:35 AM

    Shame we didnt get a quality striker inbut now weve got xisco off our books hopefully we can get a top top striker in in the summer.

  • 5 dmac // Feb 1, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    Without doubt one of our worst transfers up there with Guivarch, Owen, Marcelinho and Luque.

    I do in one respect feel for the lad. Alot of the hatred towards him was directed at wise. Oh well good riddance.

  • 6 shay Robson // Feb 1, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    Marcelino comes to mind. Also guivarch. Who else?

  • 7 shay Robson // Feb 1, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    Who was robsons worst buy?

  • 8 Tunny // Feb 1, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    New poster, long time reader here, be gentle.

    In a way I feel a bit sorry for him, he would of never of turned down the opportunity to sign for us when it was given to him, yes he wasn’t good enough, but that’s Wise’s fault.

  • 9 obatoyou // Feb 1, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    I feel free all of a sudden, its a new day

  • 10 Novocastrian66 // Feb 1, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    Robson’s worst buy? Carl Cort.

  • 11 Graeme // Feb 1, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    Cant see how we can blame the xisco kid – if anyone told me I could go to work, have a laugh and a jog around with my mates, get fed and watered every day AND they would pay me over ELEVEN MILLION POUNDS for the privilege – I think I would take their hand off!!

    Nice work if you can get it – if he has been smart, he’s set for life, with more to live off than we could even dream about.

    Thanks Dennis.

  • 12 dmac // Feb 1, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    Carl Cort was by far Robsons worst signing. 7m an he was dire. It did however give us the infanous Shola interview how when asked if Bobby Robson gives him a nickname he answered Yes Carl Cort.

  • 13 danmuamua // Feb 1, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    Luque, Martins, Owen, Viana, Cort, Boumsong, Bassedas, Xisco, Duncan Ferguson, Silvio Maric, Marcelinho etc….

  • 14 ballerfan2 // Feb 1, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    Can’t help but wonder how much Wise made out of the Xisco deal.

  • 15 toon1707 // Feb 1, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Dan martins was a fantastic player on his day he would tear defences apart only problem he had was consistency I also think big Duncan ferguson did okay up here as well just my own opinion ofcorse

  • 16 obatoyou // Feb 1, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Anzhi sold Christopher Samba..
    They bought Willian for 30m euros..
    But Willian can’t play against us in the Europa league, cos he played for Shakhtar, I’m hoping, am just bluffing.

  • 17 brian kilclines pony tail // Feb 1, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    bobby robsons worst signing was fumaca.

  • 18 estechco // Feb 1, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    As much as I dislike Wise, this transfer wasn’t down to him. His brother (and agent) was a certain Tony Jiminez?

    http://www.deportivo-la-coruna.com/squad/xisco.html

    (search for “brother”)

  • 19 vibroguy // Feb 1, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Feel sorry for the lad personally. He was (unjustly) blamed for Keegans departure and was always going to be a pariah with the toon army after that. By all accounts he was well liked in the dressing room, and gave a lot of his time to charity and the such. Wish him the best and every success.

  • 20 sweendog // Feb 1, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    marcelino .. was the worst by far .. Xisco’s not far behind.. followed by Allardyce :-)

  • 21 lordy_geordie // Feb 1, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    i remember jon dahl tomasson being wack and stepgen glass or is it just me?

  • 22 toon1707 // Feb 1, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Keep finding myself disagreeing with people but I also liked glass thought he was a decent winger

  • 23 county down magpie // Feb 1, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Paul Dalglish…..matter of fact stick his da on there and its the 2 worst ever rolled into one useless pile of pi$h….only my opinion tho!!!

  • 24 weg // Feb 1, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Worst player category…hmmm…how many can we pick? Xisco? No! He might have been just not good enough, but better that and to try hard, than to have quality and waste it by being lazy! For me, Marcelino and his ‘splintered finger’, or whatever!
    Its good that Xisco’s gone, now we just have to get rid of the ‘tatty-gun gangster’ (Ranger, for those who should know and divvint!)

  • 25 lordy_geordie // Feb 1, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    I agree with dalglish

  • 26 Shane // Feb 1, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Going to miss this cheeky little Spaniard. The end of an era. :( lol

  • 27 ArmeeDuToon // Feb 1, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Gavilan?




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