Bent’s Wages Too Much For Newcastle But Not For Fulham


Newcastle have been on a downward spiral since Bobby Robson was sacked in August, 2004, apart from one bright glimmer of hope the season before last when we finished 5th top, but Newcastle still has drawing power for players.

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Darren Bent – Newcastle wouldn’t pay his wages

And that was proved again yesterday, because as the new broke that Bent was having a medical at Fulham before a potential one year loan deal, Bent’s agents were in frantic negotiations with Newcastle United, trying to get some deal arranged, because Ben wanted to join Alan Pardew and Newcastle.

So it’s not surprising that Martin Jol cut a frustrated figure yesterday, when asked about the Bent deal, and he obviously didn’t want to say too much about it – now we know why.

The news is in the Evening Chronicle today, and Bent himself pleaded with Newcastle to pay his wages, because he was confident he could get the goals for Newcastle, when working again under Alan Pardew.

Certainly he was great at Charlton Athletic when he was managed by Pardew, and that was the best goal scoring form of his career and it was in the Premier League too.

In his two seasons there from 2005 through 2007, he made 79 appearances for Charlton and scored 37 goals.

So if this news is accurate, even when you have players who are your top targets, pleading to join Newcastle, we will not pay out the money – if we think it’s not a good deal.

And don’t blame Joe Kinnear for this – Joe will be realizing he has to operate within a very tight and frugal budget at Newcastle as Director of Football under owner Mike Ashley.

How many other clubs have their top transfer targets pleading for the club to sign them?

Never let it be said that Darren Bent didn’t want to join Newcastle this summer – but he will become a Fulham player – probably today.

And as we reported earlier today Newcastle should measure their progress by where wefinish in the league table, and not on low a fee they can pay out for their transfer targets.

There’s something wrong somewhere when a small club like Fulham can pay out big wages but Newcastle can’t – or won’t.

I want Newcastle to become great again (and soon too), but the club needs to be a lot more ambitious in the transfer target then we’ve shown over this summer.

That’s always assuming the club wants to build  a top side again of course.

What do you think?

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175 comments so far

  • croftus5678

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #1

    think we need to lay off the “wages too high” but now seeing as we are paying 80k pw for remy !

    and i dont think bent is worth 80k pw even if he is on loan as a lot of our players are better than him.

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  • sticklebricks

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #2

    If he wanted to come to Newcastle that badly then he could have just taken a wage cut for it… He didn’t so obviously didn’t want to come here enough!

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  • Rainrix

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #3

    You seem to be the one of the only ones disappointed by this ed. However if it came down to signing bent and not signing a striker at all i’d take him. Thats looking increasingly likely.

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  • croftus5678

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #4

    @2 stick

    agree’d

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  • mattyNUFC

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #5

    rooster, last thread,

    i disagree to an extent

    all the folks who say ‘pards will never get a better job’ yadda yadda, sure, he probably is aware of that. but the most damning bit in all of this is that HE honestly believes he’s good enough. that’s what’s hurting us on the field and in training, his absolute stubborness because he thinks he knows best.

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  • Santon03

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #6

    Is this one of the example tht we lack ambition? I mean not signing Bent.

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  • jeff

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #7

    Nice picture of Benteke, Ed. Classic. Last time you posted the same picture believing it was Bent outrage was caused

    Goes to show you don’t read or moderate the comments at all.

    And as for Bent? You are probably the only person on this blog who actually wants him.

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  • G.unit

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #8

    I’m not doubting the scouting of Mr Carr but I really do think that all transfer targets for Newcastle have all been signed up by other clubs. The panic is starting to set in and Kinnear just doesn’t know what he is doing. Please prove me wrong, Newcastle but you haven’t in the last few summer transfer windows.

    Most depressing think for me is that we are going into the Man City game with exactly the same squad that virtually got us relegated last season. I holding onto the hope that the new French acquisitions from January have settled in more and Man City with their new manager have an absolute stinker!!

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  • Bye Bye AP

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #9

    I would of been happy to see Bent come in – Prem experience and knows how to score goals!

    It is annoying that Fulham can out spend us!

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #10

    When Pards first came in he tuck a lot of stick because we were all aggrieved at the treatment of hughton, then we had a mint season and it was all hail pardew-the next England manager.
    Last season was nothing short of unmitigated disaster on all fronts from the top to the bottom. And since then Pardew has gone down in my estimation, Not because of the poor finish, But it has just got to the stage where Everytime he opens up his trap it is none stop BS.
    I as im sure all on this blog would sooner know the true hard facts rather than be fed crap and lies all the time. Im not in the Pardew hate brigade I just do not trust the guy any more.
    And like any thing in life “Lose the trust-Lose the bond”

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  • JaxtheMag

    Aug 16, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #11

    ive said many times its all ashleys fault, he will just not pay.the bigger problem is we have no1 else lined up.ashley wants AP to walk,but who would cum here.

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 16, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #12

    Bye Bye
    It not just PL clubs that is out spending u its the championship clubs as well-That’s the worrying thing !!

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Aug 16, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #13

    all in all i’m really pleased Bent didn’t come

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  • Toon73

    Aug 16, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #14

    Another ludicrous article! Benteke ffs !!

    Not signing Bent is not the end of the world.

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  • wynsleap

    Aug 16, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #15

    Don’t think you’re going to see “Newcastle become great again” Ed. At least not in our lifetimes.
    Not while this unambitious, disrespectful, uncaring, unprofessional owner is in charge.

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  • numba9

    Aug 16, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #16

    Sorry if I am mistaken but are we now the smallest club in the prem? Our circus of a regime seem to think so or at least want to make us so!

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Aug 16, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #17

    now my big worry is, is Cole still available because i think JFK has him on the b-list

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  • Bye Bye AP

    Aug 16, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #18

    I know Jazz – Don’t get me wrong I don’t want him to go out and blow £100 million!! I just want him to spend some cash to give us a fighting chance. Is it £60 mil the new TV deal per season?

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  • Slank

    Aug 16, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #19

    Fulham have a new owner and, as is normal with new owners, he will splash his cash to ingratiate himself with the fans.

    If Fulham don’t do to well in the league and get knocked out of the two cups reality will then set in for him probably around February and he will think twice when his manager starts asking for cash to buy more players.

    I would have taken Bent but not at the alleged offer price and wages. It feels like he is after his last big pay deal.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Aug 16, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #20

    any prediction on relegation candidates guys?

    mine would be

    Mackems
    Hull
    Man city ( sorry had to get this one out lol )

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  • Ben3arfa

    Aug 16, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #21

    I really wish Mike Ashley would go bankrupt and end up homeless on the streets .

    Scum like him do not deserve to be wealthy. I really despise the man and wish him nothing but misfortune.

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  • workyticket

    Aug 16, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #22

    “The news is in the Evening Chronicle today, and Bent himself pleaded with Newcastle to pay his wages, because he was confident he could get the goals for Newcastle, when working again under Alan Pardew”

    That was just Lee Ryder writing his usual claptrap with nothing whatsoever to substantiate it.

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 16, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #23

    Turkish media ‘Sabah’ suggest that Newcastle have begun talks w/ Besiktas for Manuel Fernandes as Yohan Cabaye is PSG bound.
    This is over French media guys and his father and agent Pierre has been touted him to Psg all summer.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Aug 16, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #24

    why can’t we have a football chairmen like every 1 else?

    mow that’s the biggest question.

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  • Jakenufc

    Aug 16, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #25

    Dont know if anyone has seen but Sports Direct News are reporting Scott Sinclair will sign for WBA next week.

    Dont know how reliable it is as they said we were in for Rooney once upon a time…

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  • thai-mag

    Aug 16, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #26

    black and white, don’t you mean C list, I think the B list ran out a couple of weeks ago

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  • croftus5678

    Aug 16, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #27

    its not the value of the player its the quality !

    we could sign free transfers for all i care as long as they are class players i’d be more than happy.

    remy is a good example as i’m very very happy with the remy signing he has imo moved us forward and made us stronger (yes even though players have left) than last year ! however with the teams around us doing so well i believe we need atleast remy + another player to move ahead of the other teams in terms of league status.

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  • JaxtheMag

    Aug 16, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #28

    I laugh at fans thinking we will finish 8th 10th ect, we will be in bottom 3 on Monday nite, and cant see us getting out.

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  • Spartak Miserable

    Aug 16, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #29

    @Jeff (7)

    Great spot, just shows that this blog (most of the time) is hearsay/inaccurate and at times total dog sh*t

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  • Slank

    Aug 16, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #30

    wynsleap @ 15

    Newcastle great again ?

    When precisely did this happen?

    illusions, illusions, illusions.

    Is it no wonder fans of other clubs and pundits all laugh at Newcastle fans when this tripe is trotted out.

    Ed, we last won a trophy 50 years ago.

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 16, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #31

    Bye Bye
    It sure is mate. And like you rightly say no body is asking him to go and spend a fortune (All though that would be nice) But just to show a bit of ambition towards the club rather than just floating along and not achieving diddly Squat !!

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  • Slank

    Aug 16, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #32

    JaxtheMag @ 28

    ..bottom 3 on Monday nite…

    Yes, but only 3 points from the leaders !

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  • toon kk

    Aug 16, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #33

    We NEED at least one more striker and a pacey winger who can cross a ball, MA and the jokers know we need them but Mashley just doesn’t want to spend, buying a player is one major issue not too mention his wages.

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  • mushy

    Aug 16, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #34

    If Lee Ryder’s story is true that Bent “pleaded” to join the Toon and was confident of scoring goals, then surely a deal could have been concocted along the lines of 50k basic plus cash for goals.
    Personally, I don’t believe Ryder is party to that type of inside info.

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  • Magforlife

    Aug 16, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #35

    I believe Ashley is now bored with our club but too greedy to let it go without a profit. I go back a long way supporting this club and now my son also has a season ticket but I have never felt so low at the prospect of a season approaching. I still think in the final hours one or two of our better plays will be sold as other clubs are burning money to get better squads

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  • Slank

    Aug 16, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #36

    toon kk @ 33

    If we need a pacey winger then this presupposes that the formation is 4-4-2 or 4-5-1.

    I think our best formation is 4-3-3. Where would a winger fit into a 4-3-3 formation of:

    Krul
    Debussy – Mbiwa – Colo – Santon
    Cabaye – Tiote – Sissoko
    Ban Arfa – Cisse – Remy

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Aug 16, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #37

    It’s easy saying you wanted to join Newcastle or any other club for that matter!

    …in the end you are judged by our actions – Bent choose Fulham (don’t get me wrong I am pleased by that) and Remy choose QPR in January…

    Action speaks lauder than words (money is everything to footballers) Why do you think so many players turn to places like Turkey, Saudi Arabia, USA, Russia or China in the last stage of their career?

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  • Toon73

    Aug 16, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #38

    £75k a week ffs he’s dreaming

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  • croftus5678

    Aug 16, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #39

    i wonder how many remember the andy cole sale and the uproar that went on over it !

    and under ashley our best star player sold has been erm….andy carroll ? who is an avg striker nowhere near the quality or importance to our club than cole was and we got (when you compare the quality of the 2 players) a massive amount more for carroll than we did for cole !

    i know we bought shearer some seasons after but tbf we was heading in the right direction with cole (maybe you have to let a star player go as we did in carroll to get a better team)

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  • JackButler

    Aug 16, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #40

    Spend to survive not to succeed that’s Ashleys mantra

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