Newcastle Bonus Payments Show Lack Of Ambition

It seems that Newcastle’s goal for the season is a minimum top ten finish, and the bonus structure seems to be in place for both the players, the coaching staff and administration staff – so it doesn’t look like that’s a change from what was in place over the last couple of seasons.

lee charnley and mike ashley before wba game

Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
I’ll only have to pay this tiny amount to get him to Newcastle

What we would expect to be in place at Newcastle is a series of bonus payments depending on where Newcastle finish in the top ten, and three years ago when the team finished in 5th place must have been a bumper year in terms of bonus payments – for everybody.

Managing Director Lee Charnley mentioned the goals of the club yesterday when John Carver was announced as the head coach through the end of the season:.

“John has a long history with the Club and has the full support of the board. Our goal for the season of a minimum top ten finish remains unchanged and we are confident that John, supported by the backroom staff, will be able to deliver this.”

The appointment of Carver was not met with any glee by the Newcastle fans yesterday, maybe that’s the best way to put it.

But if we are going to appoint ahead coach in the summer, it was the obvious arrangement through the end of the season, although if John cannot get the results we assume another coach would be brought in before the end of the season.

Top ten is not particularly ambitious, but in the last ten seasons we’ve achieved that only three times – in 2006 when Glenn Roeder was brought in as the caretaker manager after Graeme Souness was fired.

In 2012 when we were 5th and that was the highest position we have finished in the league since Sir Bobby Robson was sacked by Freddy Shepherd in 2004, for not making the Champions League and a top four finish.

And last season we finished in 10th place, after losing seven of the last eight league games. 🙁

That’s a sad record for Newcastle, but we suppose the incentives are there to finish higher up in the league table then just 10th, which is the minimum requirement for bonuses to be paid out.

If we really wanted to build a top side at Newcastle. we could make the bonus payments tougher to get, and only have the payouts if we finish higher in the league than 10th – like top eight – then top six the next season as an example.

But Newcastle don’t seem to have that kind of ambition – which becomes clearer with each passing year.

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8 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 27, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #1

    whats Wonga with this I wonder, he is a bigger loan shark then our sponsors

  • Average_Contents

    Jan 27, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Could it be all these personal loans he’s given rangers have been in aid of him getting his “foot in the door” solely so SD could take over? His loans will be paid back from the SD loan and THEIR name will be on the secured assets and all revenue streams go to SD. In effect he’s secured rangers for them. He ain’t selling us if that’s the case. Still milking us while his company milk rangers.

    Fat fcuking scheming slug.

  • JackButler

    Jan 27, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #3

    We all know that Ashley would snap your hand off for survival and the lowest point of financial outlay.

    We have no ambition, we have no desire our only goal is to survive while he rakes in the cash off the name and stature of NUFC

  • toonbrother

    Jan 27, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #4

    welcome Steve Mcclaren
    Farewell colocinni
    Happy days

  • Markaccus

    Jan 27, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #5


    How about……. “NUFC’s BLATANT lack of ambition shows lack of ambition” ??? There is no real need to find particular examples anymore!

  • Tsunki

    Jan 27, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #6

    And so the blob slowly engulfs and absorbs another fine institution. I can imagine Ashley using his company proliferation to slowly absorb many premier football clubs, in many lands. Like a wasting disease of the sport, a parasite that spreads his tack around the globe.

  • Sav

    Jan 27, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #7

    Is this a photo caption competition, Ed? I can think of some good’uns!

  • Big Archie

    Jan 27, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #8

    Seriously Ed – you think that 10th place gives them an easy bonus, when people are already talking about us being in a relegation battle?


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