France’s High Taxes Could Assist Newcastle Recruitment


Newcastle are thought to be interested in bringing in a striker in January, and now with the top tax rate in France at 75%, and President François Hollande refusing yesterday to exempt professional footballers from the top income tax, maybe summer target Bafe Gomis will be very interested in joining Newcastle in January.

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Bafe Gomis – more interested in leaving France now?

But it seems that the high taxes – for those earning more than €1M a year – will actually be paid by the football clubs in France, and they have voted not to play any matches from November 29. to December 2 – as a protest of this decision.

The French clubs are saying it is unfair that they should be given the burden of paying the extra taxes, and Lille President Michel Seydoux, has even said that French football is in danger because of this.

But whoever pays the taxes it would seem the new 75% tax will only force France’s best players to play their football elsewhere, and a lot of them already do that.

It will now be interesting to see if Bafe Gomis ends up on Tyneside in January, since he will be available for around £4M (or less) and that’s less than half of what Lyon wanted for him last summer.

But there again, Newcastle probably have enough French players already in the squad, and may turn elsewhere for an additional striker in January.

That’s always assuming that Mike Ashley will make funds available to Joe Kinnear and Alan Pardew in January.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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214 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Nov 1, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #1

    Yeah but they do much nicer bread there. Tough decision that.

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  • JackButler

    Nov 1, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #2

    The only reason that we buy the majority of our players from France is simply because Ashley is going head to head with Decathlon, France’s biggest sportswear retailer.

    You can expect Kim Jong-un to be playing on the right wing when he open’s stores in North Korea

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 1, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #3

    I personally think we have assembled a decent squad of players over time. We actually have depth, 4 fullbacks, 4 centre backs, 6/7 centre mids, 3/4 fordwards (depending on remy/gouffs classification), a couple wide men.

    We are short in some areas, like options out wide, but we still have a solid squad a better manager would get much more from.

    But saying that, my main reason ffor ashley isn’t spending, its the treatment of fans and constantly dampening of ambitions to the point where anything other than mid table is a burden.

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  • JackButler

    Nov 1, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #4

    Sage

    But he only spends when he has no other option, that influx last January would not have happened if we had been comfortable in mid table.

    We had no money on the summer but as soon as our position in the league was under serious threat he somehow manages to find 18 million (or 30 million if you listen to Pardew)

    Ashley’s mantra is “Spend to survive, not to succeed”

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 1, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #5

    Just been testing my brain watching Countdown.
    the end countdown 9 letter word conundrum was BENARTHUR what word does it spell?
    Clue you get this watching the TOON

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 1, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #6

    jack

    I agree…and its more through necessity than desire to build a squad but we still have a decent squad that should do much better under a new manager.

    not to say ashley isnt the main issue thugh

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  • JackButler

    Nov 1, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #7

    Transfer Sage

    The reason we will not see the back of Pardew is simply because he’s a “YES” man, he tow’s the party line, agree’s with everything and is made the clubs ‘Patsy’ time and again.

    Any prospective manager out there would simply look at how Pardew has been left out to dry every transfer window, look at how Ashley is thought of by the fans and then see Kinnear sitting in the back ground and realise that although this is a great club, becoming the manager here simply isn’t worth it. The only replacement we could hope to get would be along the lines of Curbishley etc and thats not really a step forward

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 1, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #8

    Jack

    Agree with the first part but not the last part of that post.

    Pardew got the job over houghton not because he was a better manager after getting sacked from a league one club compared to winning the championship with record points total….it was obvious he was a yes man, does as he is told, doesn’t cause a fuss, defends the club policy, etc etc

    Second point though look around europe, tons of managers in similar situation to pardew who are much better than him. I am aware we wont get a top manager but we can get somebody of a similar level to pardew (average in my opinion) but who is average in modern, passing, attacking football….not average in 442, long ball, defensive rubbish.

    Not a huge step forward in terms of progressing the club as he has the same limitations from the board, but he would have more about him to get this crop at least playing enertaining stuff.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 1, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #9

    jack

    http://www.transfermarkt.com/en/primera-division/transferuebersicht/wettbewerb_ES1.html

    look how man la liga clubs sold a lot but bought nobody or very few.

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  • fatman

    Nov 1, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #10

    has anyone got a link to a picture of Wendy Taylor so i can do something insulting with it maybe a puppet with the fat slags body?

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Nov 1, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #11

    our toon

    jay was right about siss in france he would go missing more often than not and while where on the subject and this thread gomis is nicknamed go miss in france cos of his woeful goal tallys just what we need and talking of what we need i posted this yesterday re cisse and all the theorys about why hes shite have a look at a proper striker that played for us not so long ago he didnt need to have the ball on a platter http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_6_P-wd984

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  • JackButler

    Nov 1, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #13

    Transfer Sage

    There are managers who are working under similar circumstances I agree but none are treated the way that Pardew is, the man’s left out to dry at every opportunity and Ashley would never look at them anyway, we’d have a choice of Curbishely, Alex McLeish or Mick Hartford.

    Just look at what he’s done in the past. Not one single club in the Prem would have touched Kinnear, Shearer or Pardew and yet this idiot has employed all three of them. He’d have never looked at Pochettino or anyone similar to him

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 1, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #15

    jack

    I think there are some who would work, definitely from spain and some of the eastern euroean countries.

    but like you say, Ashley won’t appoint them.

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  • JackButler

    Nov 1, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #16

    Transfer Sage

    It’s not simply about buying or selling players, it’s about how the manager is treated, if Pardew had a set of ball’s or wasn’t so desperate to stay at a big club he’d have walked long ago. Financial restrictions are one thing but being treated like an idiot is another

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  • BandB

    Nov 1, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #17

    Meanwhile, among the outgoings, I see Neil Lennon is resigned to losing Frazer Forster to a top European club (possibly even Barcelona) and is hotly-tipped to get his first full cap.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 1, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #18

    JB,
    Only Allardyce at the very start of Mashleys insidious reign has been sacked for results.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 1, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #19

    That should tell us everything about what he wants from us.

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  • toon kk

    Nov 1, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #20

    Sorry lads but Mash has turned NUFC into an absolute joke and fans want him out, they complain all the time but how can they complain when they keep turning up to watch sh.t and give the Fat man there money.
    There’s only one winner and that’s not the fans. MA can do what he likes and the fans turn up, then leave the stadium usually p….d off and want him out.
    Keep keep away from st James and that will get the message across. Mash will either show more ambition or sell up.

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  • John Tudor

    Nov 1, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #21

    any truth in the rumour ashley to gag nufc blog

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 1, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #22

    jack

    Yeh I see that, but still think there are people who take it on…reasonable squad and even the 450k a year salary pardew gets would tempt a lot from poorer league to step up and take his crap.

    also found this

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hnZbDhfmXw

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Nov 1, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #23

    at least you can say harford is an ex player haha

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 1, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #24

    JT,
    He’s trying his very best by having TDsarf spout his tiresome drivel 25 times a day.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 1, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #25
  • John Tudor

    Nov 1, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #26

    dont you forget to put her in a makem shit

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  • John Tudor

    Nov 1, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #27

    shirt

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  • BandB

    Nov 1, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #28

    Jail,

    TDS might be busy with the Chronicle this afternoon.

    Only a joke TDS……..

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  • John Tudor

    Nov 1, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #29

    i dont read that

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 1, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #30

    Very excellent blogging on here today mates.

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  • John Tudor

    Nov 1, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #31

    drivel that is

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Nov 1, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #32

    @25

    LMFAO 🙂

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  • BandB

    Nov 1, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #33

    JT

    WOULD YOU LIKE A CUP OF TEA…….!!!

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  • John Tudor

    Nov 1, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #34

    thnx but no thnx im a coffee addict

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 1, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #35

    BandB,
    More likely working on the SD website about our January bid for Messi and Bale.

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  • John Tudor

    Nov 1, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #36

    and my hearing is 20/20

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  • John Tudor

    Nov 1, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #37

    just finished a tough shift at nissan still hearing the gloaters at it

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  • BandB

    Nov 1, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #38

    JT,

    It’s just its TEA TIME.
    No, no, not the TOILET!
    TEA time!!

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  • JackButler

    Nov 1, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #39

    Transfer Sage

    There maybe managers out there willing to take it on but the Ashley factor seriously diminishes that list.

    Just look at the amount of quality managers that have come to the PL in the last few years and we have stuck with a guy who broke every single record last season.

    Jail

    You’ve hit the nail on the head there mate, Big Sam aside all the other have been sacked because of the fact they had their own voice and spoke up to Ashley while Pardew simply whimpers in the corner like some love-struch eunuch

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 1, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #40

    Closing minutes of Second Emergency Manly Mens’ Club meeting:
    “And so in closing fellow board members I ask you do we want the type of devious trickery demonstrated by fellow member Mr. Tuff in the club? Eh? Harumph. Well of course we do. It’s this kind of sneaky video work that adds spice to life. We must always be on our toes with Mr. Tuff around. Motion to retain Mr. Tuff in the club? Motion passed. Right time to celebrate. I feel a fish dance coming on.

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