The Newcastle United Blog

News and Commentary On Newcastle United By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

The Newcastle United Blog header image 2
Howay The Lads!!

Injuries Cost Newcastle A Massive £25M Last Season

10:01 am, Sunday, November 15th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 36 Comments

Newcastle were at the top of almost every injury league for last season and there’s news today that injuries cost Newcastle more than any other Premier League club last season – a massive £25.6M.

Mike Ashley – please take note.

The costs of injuries have been worked out from a new formula that has been looked at and accepted by the UEFA Medical Committee.


nufc emblem

And for the 20 Premier League club injuries cost a total of £269M last season with Newcastle top of the league with £25.6M followed by Arsenal with a measly £20.2M.

Here’s the list with the months really the number of man-months a player was out injured last season.

Injured            Months     Cost £M
Newcastle            62         25.6
Arsenal              49         20.2
Everton              47         19.4
Man United           45         18.6
QPR                  43         17.7
Aston Villa          38         15.7
Hull City            37         15.7
Stoke City           37         15.3
Liverpool            31         15.3
West Ham             29         12.8
Burnley              29         11.9
Sunderland           26         11.9
Crystal Palace       29         11.9
Southampton          22         10.7
Swansea City         21          9.1
West Brom            21          9.1
Man City             21          8.7
Leicester            18          7.4
Tottenham            16          6.6
Chelsea              14          5.8
Total               653        269.0

On average Premier League clubs lost £13.5M to injuries last season with the Premier League Champions Chelsea being at the bottom of the table with only £5.8M in injury costs.

The full price paid by clubs for an injury every month is detailed  in the new formula worked out by Sergei Palkin, who is the CEO of Shakhtar Donetsk.

The total costs include wages, costs of treatment, insurance premiums and of course the estimated money lost by fielding weakened teams over the season in various competitions.

£25.6M is an awful lot of money to lose every season and we assume Mike Ashley or Lee Charnley at the head of the club will step in and initiate a full investigation on why Newcastle are always top of the league with injuries.

However, Paul Simpson last week said the coaching staff were starting to look into that.

It’s worth it for Newcastle to employ (extra) fitness coaches and medics to cut down on the number of injuries every season.

They will have earned their money if they can reduce the costs by say 50% – which in our case is a massive £12.8M.

There’s a top new signing for us right there.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Financials · Injuries · Newcastle News · Other News · Premier League

36 responses so far ↓

  • 1 cyprus // Nov 15, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Those 4 up front are our rough diamond and we should build around them, while also strengthening there, to offer the competitiveness and alternative, depending on the opposition’s weaknesses. For example, a player like Sissoko must scare slow defenders half to death. Ayoze can wiggle through big CB’s, etc.

  • 2 Reyantoon // Nov 15, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    sparky – actually I was being sarcastic there.
    I don’t believe for a second that those players were brought here to make profit on them.
    That is totally non sense in my book 😉

  • 3 Reyantoon // Nov 15, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    And what’s wrong in making profit?
    We are not the only one who’s trying it!!

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Nov 15, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    A large portion of your posts are nonsense, so that would make sense.

  • 5 giimps // Nov 15, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    This is what comes of having a squad short in quality and numbers.
    The first team need to play every week to compete in this league, the rest of the squad mainly arent good enough or are thrown in out of position and asked to do unnatural roles to cover.
    the team then struggle since there is no cohesion or balance which causes more problems because no manager/coach wants to send youngsters into a team struggling for form so theres no rotation and if they do get thrown into the side when struggling, it ruins them …..also, Coaches who ignore medical advice and throw injured youngsters onto the pitch against high quality opposition are the problem , as Fraudew and Charver have both done……..Rotten to the core

  • 6 AncientC // Nov 15, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Reyantoon – there is something wrong when everything about the club is driven by profit – especially when revenue streams like advertising are being stolen away from the club.

    It is a path to nowhere – for the club & fans anyway. Only the owner stands to gain from this mission paradox.

    Why are clubs like Everton able to hold onto their best players? Even West Brom has made a concerted effort to keep Berahino. Is it too much to ask that NUFC try to match these clubs for ambition when it comes to holding onto players?

  • 7 Jib // Nov 15, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    I see Lionel Messi is taking English lessons !
    Which one of the big 4 is going to sign him ?
    I’d love to see how he would handle the EPL.

    Jail for Ashley calling other peoples posts nonsense has to be the definition of irony – Ha ha ha ha

  • 8 Jib // Nov 15, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Are you trapped in a time warp ?
    That post is about 10 months out of date !

  • 9 Average_Contents // Nov 15, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Ah, now I get it.

    That’s where the extra £25m operating costs compared to the previous financial year, came from.

    Silly us.

  • 10 Reyantoon // Nov 15, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Jail – Chris Houghton was sacked because he had no vast coaching experience at that time.

    Ancient- westbrom and Everton hold on to Berahino and Stones to make huge profit on them.There is no other reason.

  • 11 John Tudor // Nov 15, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    enough to get promoted durr

  • 12 Reyantoon // Nov 15, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Don’t rate Berahino much though, but Stones is an excellent defender!

  • 13 Rotonda heights // Nov 15, 2015 at 11:10 AM

    EVA CARNEIRO is the answer.

    Chelsea were always bottom of the injuries table under her. I know employing a woman would be a major stretch for some dinosaurs, but she has to be a 100 times better than Derek wright.

  • 14 Jib // Nov 15, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    NUFC appointed fitness guru Faye Downey in Summer 2013 – she was a complete flop.

    Do you know anything about the Toon ?

  • 15 AncientC // Nov 15, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    Reyantoon. Beranhino’s contract runs out at the end of next season…

    His value will start dropping, not go up.

  • 16 AncientC // Nov 15, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    Pretty sure Berahino could buy out the last year of his contract using the Webster ruling. West From are fools if they kept Berahino to make more money. The theory does not add up. Neither does Everton keeping Stones for more money later, when Everton could have sold Baines before his sell on value drops.

  • 17 Rotonda heights // Nov 15, 2015 at 11:37 AM


    Bit early isn’t it, even for you. Is being obnoxious your default position or is it just alcohol induced? Just need clarification is all.

    So is Faye Downey Eva Carneiro? Could have sworn they were entirely different people with one of them being resposible for the least injuries in the PL several seasons running.

    Do I know anything about the toon? Let me think about that and then about the googlephile who posed the question.

  • 18 catchy in norway // Nov 15, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    at least we topped the league in something ehh.

    but seriously, in my mind it was shear incompetence as to why we topped that league, p45 playing players that needed rests.

  • 19 Jib // Nov 15, 2015 at 11:53 AM

    Sorry diddums didn’t know you were so precious , was the howwid man obnoxious ? you poor thing !

    Anyway a quote from you:-

    “I know employing a woman would be a major stretch for some dinosaurs”

    No mention of Eva

    Wriggly wriggle

  • 20 catchy in norway // Nov 15, 2015 at 12:03 PM


    i think you need to back to the books and learn a little mate. at least Rotonda knows his football, he dodsnt buy into bulllllshyt that people just spout out

  • 21 Reyantoon // Nov 15, 2015 at 12:20 PM

    Bringing Eva Carnero ‘d have been great,but won’t happen.The coaching team will benefit in a number of ways.
    with her medical experience plus will reveal or explain the way Chelsea team train and setup interms of fitness to say the least.

    Not sure but I think Berahino signed 5 yr deal in 2013?

  • 22 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 15, 2015 at 12:27 PM

    It seems injuries at Newcastle among other teams are as much psychological as physical.

    It’s a mental thing…players don’t mind being injured for various reasons (they don’t do enough to get back to fitness) and they don’t take enough care of themselves.

    Imagine a world where a footballer didn’t get paid full when injured or could be injured. Not advocating it, but imagine if taking care of yourself was that important!

    Money is simple too big a factor these days and too many players know nothing about prevention of injuries.

    We will see this season if Black is worth his money. So far he’s been nothing but a cost.

  • 23 martoon // Nov 15, 2015 at 1:06 PM

    Faye Downey is a fitness guru whereas Eva Carnero is a medical doctor a big difference! However I can’t see her going anywhere until she settles he legal case with Chelsea!

  • 24 lesh // Nov 15, 2015 at 1:09 PM


    Eva Caneiro was Chelsea’s Doctor wasn’t she whereas Wright…

  • 25 lesh // Nov 15, 2015 at 1:18 PM

    Jesper’s got something when he questioned our injuries.

    When a player’s feeling a bit down, pi$$ed off, there’s every likelihood that injuries occur.

    Players are no different to ordinary working folk when sickness’s felt and recovery takes forever.

    Just imagine playing for a coach who doesn’t exploit your obvious talent, plays you out of position, calls you lazy, not committed etc etc…. feeling the urge to give it 100% just recedes.

    Now imagine life under Pardew and Carver…

  • 26 Jib // Nov 15, 2015 at 1:32 PM

    NUFC pays huge insurance premium payments for their players.
    I have thought for a few years that Newcastle have a policy of exaggerating the severity of injuries so as to obtain the maximum amount on an insurance claim.
    I would do the same to be fair .

  • 27 giimps // Nov 15, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    Jib, the post is as relevant now as it was then, unless you have forgotten about Charver, Schtevie may be a different person but the shackles and operating model is exactly the same……….the money spent in the summer barely scratches the surface of the monies made from player sales and tv rights……just as well since these are the only 2 revenue streams allowed other than the pittance from Wronga.
    These are my opinions if you dont agree dont tell me my opinions are wrong or out of date….history remains, and only the future can be changed.

  • 28 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 15, 2015 at 1:53 PM

    Jeff…I get where you are going with this but the player would have to be in on it for it to work.

    …personally I think the player is more prone to injures because of money and because ‘the job’ doesn’t mean as much ad it used to. Again a side effect of money.

    This is a simplification of the problem I know.
    But my main point still stands, it’s has as much to do with the psychological as the physical / fitness.

  • 29 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 15, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    Another problem comes from having a thin squad and having coaches willing to gamble with a players health and fitness by playing when one shouldn’t.

    Pardew springs to mind here!

  • 30 Jib // Nov 15, 2015 at 2:13 PM


    What player sales ?

    The Wonga deal was £24 million from 2012 to 2017 , hardly a pittance for a club like NUFC.
    I don’t think we will renew with them , by then we’ll probably be top 5 and ask for more dosh.

    I still stick by what I said – you sound like a broken record from 10 months ago !

  • 31 Mister Tuff // Nov 15, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    Well a few posts today that possibly require some comment/further explanation.

    Jib Jibberish have you got a link or additional information that substantiates your claim that NUFC have been making fraudulent insurance claims over player injuries.

    I think it is shocking that you declare that you would also make fraudulent insurance claims. It is folk like you who do this sort of thing that makes insurance premiums rise and the rest of us law abiding public have to pay for it.
    What other scams are you up to – probably fiddling your Social Security and Housing Benefits I’d wager. Uninsured car -that’s probably another. Diverting your electric from the meter -that’s always possible.

  • 32 AncientC // Nov 15, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    I would be interested to know what happens to the stadium name once the deal with Wonga expires.

  • 33 JamesToon // Nov 15, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    Eva Carneiro would be a top acquisition for the medical team.

  • 34 Jib // Nov 15, 2015 at 2:33 PM

    I don’t think it can be classed as fraud , it’s that gray area a bit like the difference between tax evasion or avoidence – tax avoision accountants call it.
    I have no need to defraud anyone , I am extremely well off actually 😎

  • 35 lochinvar // Nov 15, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    Injuries – is it anything to do with the hybrid synthetic grass that we play on ? Do any of the other clubs plagued by injuries have the same grass ?

  • 36 KevinLee // Nov 16, 2015 at 11:36 AM

    YES, Cabella 12M+Riviere 6M +Thauvin 12M COST US 30M, HOW TO OUR BROAD CALCULATE!?

previous post: Newcastle Plan To Keep Top Youngster On Tyneside

next post: Leicester’s Top Striker Could Miss Newcastle Game