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Why There’s No Way Eto’o Will Join Newcastle

10:38 am, Sunday, August 11th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 22 Comments

We lost the internet last night in a serious lightning storm in Raleigh, so I’m at the local McDonald’s this morning (5:00 am EDT time is when they opened) getting back on board – but before the storm we were alerted by a couple of readers that Samuel Eto’o had been offered to Newcastle,

eto'o anzho st james

Samuel Eto’o in action against Newcastle earlier this year

When Freddy Shepherd was running the club it could have been a definite possibility that we would go after a world-class player on huge wages – and the Cameroon Intentional is said to be paid the highest wages in world football currently.

Freddy was keen to bring big names to Newcastle,  even if they were way past their best and pay them big wages too – for their last big pay day – but those days are gone – be that good or bad.

Whatever his transfer fee is, that’s not the big problem – the big problem is his wages and what he will want.

Anzhi used to have more money than sense – but that’s now changing – but two years ago they paid £17M for Eto’o from Inter Milan and gave him a £350K a week contract – worth around £17M a year.

I wasn’t even getting close that that at IBM. :D

Eto’o will hope to still receive  those wages, and he will want European football too, and at the very least the Europa League, and Newcastle can offer none of them.

So we hate to be spoil-sports and report some reality here – but there’s just no way Newcastle will pay out huge money for a 32 year-old past his best and on huge wages.

Fact.

Newcastle’s new direction is to find players like Samuel Eto’o while they are young and develop them at the club into world-class stars – that’s the direction anyway.

While Mike Ashley owns the club Newcastle will not pay huge wages to older stars – and of course it’s Mike’s decision,  not Joe Kinnear’s.

What do you think?

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22 responses so far ↓

  • 1 hotdog // Aug 11, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    REPOST –
    hotdog // Aug 11, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    My view on players yesterday

    ELLIOT – Nice & Tidy, got no worries with this lad.
    DEBUCHY – Does not seem comfortable with wingers running at him with pace, a worry for a Right Back! Solid apart from pen.
    SANTON – Didn’t really see much of him, didn’t get forward much.
    MBIWA – Good positional play, looked good and read the game well.
    COLO – Should have seen red, solid game but seems to be making some bad errors that will cost us.
    SISSOKO – Much better in the centre, some driving runs and good work rate.
    TIOTE – Cant fault his effort but you surely need more to be a top centre midfielder in the PL.
    CISSE – Same as last season worked had but feeding off scraps, getting more frustrated as the game wore on.
    AMEOBI – Didn’t see him for long spells, cant be in our starting 11, simples.
    BEN ARFA – My fav player left isolated on the left wing again. He had his hand up asking for ball and numerous times, which did not come. Must be played up off the striker IMO we are wasting his talent.
    GUTI – See earlier post.
    SUBS-
    KRUL – Dropped one from corner, nowt else to do.
    TAYLOR – Not tested in second half.
    DUMMET – Liked the look of the lad, seemed composed and a left footer at left back which I always prefer!
    CABAYE – Put some invention into the team in the second half. Decent 45mins
    ANITA – See Tiote comment.
    GOUFFY – Id have him on the left all day ahead of Guti. Great touch movement and will give you an end product/goals.
    OBERTAN – Had one run fell over, enough said.
    SAMMY – He is too laid back for his own good. Needs to up his intensity in games by about 30% and he might have a chance.
    FAN 10/10 considering the lack of excitement/goal action, atmosphere and crack were good.

  • 2 Indian Magpie // Aug 11, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Does NUFC hierarchy take account of Pardew’s lies.

    Do they agree with no Europe?

  • 3 joeinthecheapseats // Aug 11, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    I’m worried at Pardews comments that he doesn’t expect anyone in this week shocking statement of intent by NUFC

  • 4 SharpEnough23 // Aug 11, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    17 million a year.

  • 5 John Tudor // Aug 11, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    we are screwed
    we are being screwed
    ashley go screw elsewhere

  • 6 pawl250 // Aug 11, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Jail For Ashely,

    just because I ain’t a member of the website doesn’t mean I don’t contribute already. I go to numerous games home and away, especially mid week games, will most likely own a half season, season ticket this year with my gf looking to move up north, if she ges the job she is interviewing for this week i will get a whole year, and I own this years top kit, like I do every other year. Like I said before I contribute, unlike some who moan and think they have the right….

    They are followers, NOT supporters as they do not SUPPORT the team….

    As for not being a website member, you could argue when I did, or when I do own a season tickets, having a membership will be pretty pointless, the only benefit is buying the exclusive member top.

    I know money goes to the training academy but I have spent more than £30 on a yearly basis since I was 8? I could argue I have contributed more than 20k to Newcastle since I have been born, with help from Santa of course!

  • 7 jazzyp // Aug 11, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Robertsleftfoot
    How things are transpiring I would tend to agree with you mate on Mashley wanting out.
    He is the 7th richest PL owner,But unlike other owners around is showing no ambition for Nufc in any shape form.

  • 8 RonVanDam // Aug 11, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    I wish colo was young and fast. He’s the most valueable player we have. Hate to see him leave or retire in a few years

  • 9 pawl250 // Aug 11, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    20k is actually pretty high, probs more like 15k, just forgetting junior season tickets aren’t as high ….

    Ah well you get my point!

  • 10 Szarka // Aug 11, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Eto’o would accept a wage drop from 350k to 60k? :) No way :)
    Maybe Chelsea will try to get him.

  • 11 jazzyp // Aug 11, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Eto has a taste of the Kluivert deal all over again.And we all know what a waste of money that was !!

  • 12 bollance // Aug 11, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Ed – legend!!

  • 13 89Norcal // Aug 11, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Eto was always one of my favorite players. One of the greats in the dwindling group of previous gen world class footballers. But I find it hard to believe he was “offered” to us of all teams.

  • 14 weetoman87 // Aug 11, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    any word on any new Signings? cant see the Gomis deal going ahead.

  • 15 Indian Magpie // Aug 11, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Mike Ashley – doesn’t talk
    JFK – Talks Nonsense, Non Stop
    Pardew – Talks Lies and Rubbish

  • 16 Steven // Aug 11, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    That muppet that was thrown out of t corner last .
    He was a disgrace .fighting t stewards on t way out .
    Hanv ur head in shame

  • 17 MonkseatonMag // Aug 11, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Very small crowd last night considering that was our only pre-season home game (and low entrance fee too) – Says it all really!

    Anybody know the actual attendance?

  • 18 Graeme // Aug 11, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    There is only one reason Eto’o would contemplate a spell at NUFC and that would be money.

    He certainly wouldn’t be coming for the scintillating football, the Tactical Acumen of the Manager, the Quality Coaching he would receive!!

    Given that Jabba wouldn’t even come close to making an attractive offer, this is article is basically utter rubbish!!

  • 19 Geordie1 // Aug 11, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Don’t make laugh anymore it’s hurting. Eto to sign for the TOON PMSL he is a non stater he is too old at 32, wage demands would be too high and what I saw of him both in Russia and SJP he has lost a lot of pace anyway the Fat Controler would never saction that spend. Move on.

  • 20 Tommyy // Aug 11, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    I’m worried about this season. We’ve yet again utterly wasted the chance and necessity to strengthen! It’s simply not good enough. Why should we put up with this?

    1 injured player on loan!? It’s a bloody travesty! Not to mention absolutely no improvement on tactics, playing style and team dynamic. We were god awful last year and nothing has changed during pre season! I’m damn near sick of it, and I’m beginning to feel anger whenever I see or hear Pardew talk about anything, let alone Kinnear.

    The entire situation stinks to high heaven and in rapidly losing faith, enjoyment and patience with all of it.

    What the hell do we do from here? It’s obvious something collective and demonstrative has to be done in order to Induce change.

  • 21 Tubai // Aug 11, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Hearing what pardew said yesterday that he doesn’t expect anyone through the door this week due to international friendlies i wonder how a manager seems so reluctant even when he is short of options in one of the important positions. This simply shows the lack of ambition and intent in the club management as well as the heirarchy. Fans need to contemplate some action against these feigners. This is not what a club like newcastle with its amazing fan base expects. If Ashley is trying to play with our sentiments we should protest. In my opinion Pardew, Ashley both should leave the club in peace..

  • 22 south coast toon // Aug 11, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    not looking forward as things stand, im over the moon we got remy on loan, but wonder why the other 2 r not in yet
    i seem to remember we were going to have at least another striker and someone who can supply assists
    as good as remy is i cant see how one man is going to change the compete team around, and for our first game at the moment we will be fielding the same team as last year, surely they can see everyone around us has strenghend and added to there squad, im only expecting a graduale improvement over the next few seasons but i fear the powers that be r quite happy and belive last season was just bad luck…………they cant take hope away from you so im in for blind hope and hope 2 or 3 more goalscorers or creative players are brought in
    as for eto at least it made me laugh even when hes 40 he will have no need to jion a circus…
    heres to blind hope thats all we got..




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