When you set bonus targets and those targets are met, the bonuses are paid out – that happens in any business – and when targets are set, that extra money is paid out if and only if those targets are met or exceeded, and sometimes there are graduated increases in the payments depending by how much the target is exceeded.
Alan Pardew – will get bonus if Newcastle finish in top ten
So we expect that the Newcastle squad, manager Alan Pardew and his coaches and the administration staff (or whoever were included in the bonus scheme) will be paid bonuses this season, and the amounts would have been set back in August or even before that.
It was widely reported that if Newcastle finish in the top 10 then bonuses will be paid out.
We’ve seen some suggestions that the bonuses should not be paid out – but you cannot do that - if the targets are met then the bonuses will be paid out.
And the fact that Newcastle have slipped badly this year, and have put in some pathetic performances and most of our points – 33 – were gained last year – has nothing to do with it.
And it seems almost certain that we will finish in at least 10th place in the league, with West Ham a full 12 points behind us at the moment in 11th place.
Maybe next year the target should be top eight or even top six – so the bonuses will be much harder to attain.