Newcastle Players Don’t Deserve Their Big Wages

Former Newcastle United striker Malcolm Macdonald has spoken out in the Chronicle today, and he makes a very good point when he says that Newcastle players are simply not earning the huge wages they receive at the club.

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Malcolm Macdonald – players not earning their money

This is what the 64 year-old has said today:

“I’m watching players go out on the field, and I’m not seeing them really earning their money,” “They get a lot of money, and good for them – as long as they earn it.”

“I don’t feel there are a lot that are earning it. The players have got to do it.” “We’ve seen instance at Old Trafford of Manchester United players getting rid of a very decent man David Moyes, who for a decade at Everton kept them battling with the giants of the game.

“Players hold immense power. I just hope Alan Pardew isn’t suffering in similar fashion.” “I’m not seeing the players show me any different on the field.”

“It’s going to be hugely intriguing in the next game, as Arsenal are battling for the Champions League,” “They had aspirations earlier in the season to win the Premier League, and in not doing that, the very least they need is Champions League football.”

“They’ve got a battle on. Arsenal will be rubbing their hands thinking it’s three points, and Liverpool will be doing the same in our last game.”

Those are good words from Macdonald and they are accurate too – and if Alan Pardew does get the sack, it will because of his inability to motivate his players this year.

But of course the players have to take responsibility too, and most of them have just been hopeless for us this year, and there have been too many games when we haven’t showed up.

We were great in those first 18 games when we had 33 points and were in 6th place,  and it looked like we were going to do very well – but it was not to be – for the second season running.

That’s unacceptable for a Newcastle side who still get over 50,000 faithful fans at every home game, and we now need at least one win before the end of the season – and then we may have a chance of staying the the top ten.

Otherwise, it could be all change at the Newcastle United Football Club this summer.

For the record, Malcolm played for Newcastle from 1971 through 1976, and he played a total of 187 games with 95 goals for the Magpies, and of course wore the famous number 9 shirt.

That’s also the shirt I wore when I played 202 games for Newcastle and scored 101 goals – in my dreams. 😀

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Apr 25, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #1

    Still not using the spellchecker then, Ed? 🙂

    There are quite a few employees at NUFC who aren’t worth their wages, and as in any business, it’s the top men who endure the rank and file earn their money. Take a bow, Ashley, your boardroom buddies. The management and coaching staff.

  • Tsunki

    Apr 25, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #2

    *ensure. Oh the irony. In my case the autocorrect is a curse.

  • croftus5678

    Apr 25, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #3

    hehe love the fact that the whole team is falling apart to some degree and the first thing on the clubs mind is that if a 10mil bid for krull comes in or a bid for santon ect ect >.<

    so around 6 maybe players out and thats without clubs trying to sign our better players and the ones that are unhappy ! we really hadnt better muck around this window trying to sign 1 player for pennies as we need the numbers.

  • Oldgit1

    Apr 25, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #4

    6Oldgit1 // Apr 25, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    All you people expecting or hoping that Pardew will be sacked are in for a big disappointment, I can say with a 100% certainty that Pardew will stay and see out the full length of his contract.

    Big mike has the perfect guy as manager, he can do what he likes and lets Pardew take all the flack. He sells all our best players as it was always his plan, buy cheap then sell on big.

    Does anyone think that any other manager brought in would bow down to big mike and toe the party line.

    Finishing 11th won’t bother mike the team stayed up that is what matters and then he can declare a profit next January and show the football world how to manage a football team. That is his only incentive his addiction is making a profit.

    Sorry guys but that’s the way it will be for the next 5 years and beyond. He does not give a flying fcuk about supporters.

    So to recap, as long as we avoid relegation he is a happy man. No interest in cups or Europe as he would have to increase the squad which costs money. This is mikes way.

  • Tsunki

    Apr 25, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #5

    Oh and Colo is a definite to leave this summer. Definite.

  • croftus5678

    Apr 25, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #6


    colo should go as he weakens the team imo.
    guti should go as he weakens the team on mos occasions.
    shola should go for same reasons.
    ober cos he’s well..lets leave it at that.
    gos as he’s not much use to us “if we have a decent team”
    fergusson as he’s not going to make the grade.
    remy ofc is on loan
    luuk also bye bye

    so thats 8 imo some never been any use to us but some have on occasions esp colo/remy

    we have abied/vukic/tav coming in who have improved a lot imo and bigi is imo a lot better than gosling anyways but they would only be squad players.

    same with armstrong and cambell (who i’m not sure about anymore) but at best they should be outside the starting 11 in case of injuries.

    2 strikers/a winger/a acm/a cb should be the min we accept if we are to try push up the table imo.

  • firebug666

    Apr 25, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #7

    I think a lot of players will want to leave, but some will be held back by their contract and a whole bunch of false and empty promises of ambition for the future.

    Every single club has a firm and realistic plan of what they can achieve each season, and a give it our best shot in the cup games, that’s every club except Newcastle United.

    Newcastle have already said they will not push for Europe, they are not interested in competing for any domestic cups, and a top ten finish will do nicely.

    So do our players agree with the clubs strategy? Has the manager and backroom staff sabotaged the season?

    It certainly seems so looking at some of the line-ups we have put out lately.

    The simple fact is that if you go to a shop and buy a product, but when you get home and open it it is not as described you take it back and get a refund. Why can’t the same thing happen with football, we are not getting the product we have paid for therefore we should be entitled to a refund.

  • martoon

    Apr 25, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #8

    Turkish – off football topic – If you think there is money in technology then think again. I’ve worked in hardware and software engineering all my working life and I’ve always been irritated by the fact the accountants and salesmen in the company earn a lot more than I do!
    Despite our spats I enjoy your postings – you are rapidly becoming the new Ruddy/Ciaran 🙂

  • mag

    Apr 25, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #9

    Super Mac he’d be worth about a 100 million in todays transfer market.


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