These Top Wage Earners To Leave Newcastle This Summer

It´s still possible for Newcastle to stay up so this is all based on Sunderland being able to get two points in the final two games and then they will be safe and Newcastle and Norwich City will accompany Aston Villa into the Championship.

For Newcastle it will be the second time in seven years we´ve been relegated, but the difference between the Championship and the Premier League now is simply enormous in terms of money, with Premier League clubs next season receiving from £100M to £180M each May for the next three years.

That´s up from the current three year deal of £60M to £100M – a huge increase and it looks like Newcastle will miss out at least on the first year of the new deal.


Gini Wijnaldum – will move to a big Premier League club

First thing Newcastle will need to do if we go down is to reduce the wage bill and top wage earners like Fabricio Coloccini, Gini Wijnaldum, Daryl Janmaat, Moussa Sissoko, Florian Thauvin and Siem de Jong will almost definitely leave the club.

Other ones who are likely to leave us are Andros Townsend – who is said to have a release clause in his contract of just £8M.

Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote may also want to finally move and play in the Chinese Super League and get a big pay-day at the end of their respective careers.

Jonjo Shelvey is now Newcastle´s highest wage earner at £80K/week and it remains to be seen whether he gets his wish and stays on Tyneside.

Rafa Benitez has shown that players like Lascelles, Mbemba, Anita, Dummett, Colback, Tiote and Cisse can play well in the Premier League and he has dropped some of the big name signings like Mitrovic, Shelvey and Wijnaldum.

Two of the players signed in January – Seydou Doumbia and Henri Saivet – cannot even make the bench at Newcastle and of course Florian Thauvin is back on loan playing at Marseille, having failed miserably on Tyneside in the first half of the season.

Newcastle should be able to get quite  a bit of money from those players being sold and that will certainly reduce the wage bill significantly.

Then we will have to buy wisely in the summer to replace them – something we haven´t done for years.

There are lots of negatives about being relegated, as we found out seven years ago – and losing your best players is one of them.

This has been yet another nightmare season for Newcastle fans.

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19 comments so far

  • TheToonKing

    May 8, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #1

    good riddance. They can all go.

    Keep Lascelles and Elliott. That’s it.

  • Ron Knee

    May 8, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #2


    It’s the same story with Memphis Depay, another talented Dutchman who has disappointed in the PL.

    Would Gini have improved for us next season? We’ll never know!

  • Average_Contents

    May 8, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #3

    Absolutely gutted about yesterday.

    Kept going through the chances we missed just before I nodded off, then I’d wake up and do the same again.

    The scum have done this for the last 2-3 seasons. Beat 1,2,3 big teams home or away at the arse end of the season to ensure survival. I think last season it was Chelsea or man citeh away and one of their strikers goes on a good run. Whickham last year, defoe this.

    I was going to mention this when people were saying they ain’t no world beaters ect ect but recent history said different.

    Couldn’t be arsed at the time because didn’t want to jinx us and/or be called all the names under the sun for being negative.

    What a shitter of a day having to wake up.

  • El Sleeve

    May 8, 2016 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #4

    ust watched MOTD. compare us with Leicester this season. They have a manager, a squad, an owner, a CEO, a sports science team, a bunch of coaches, scouting team and fans that are all in it together. they communicate. they are all utterly competent individuals. their twitter account just shows how everyone is pulling together.

    NUFC has NONE of that. No competence from senior management. a disjointed squad. we hear NOTHING about the club, the team, the squad etc. Its the owners responsibility to foster a good atmosphere and excellent working environment.

    we are not gonna get that from a hawk like ashley who abuses his employees in his sweatshops. this guy speaks money, only money. he doesnt care about anything else. Not an appropriate proprietor of our club. He must go.

    Final game next week – THERE MUST BE HUGE PROTEST

    when we go down, get shot of:
    Krul – 10
    Coloccini – 0
    Wijnaldum – 20
    Sissoko – 15
    Cissé – 10
    de Jong – 2
    Gouffran – 0
    Obertan – 0
    Perez – 10
    Haidara – 2
    Thauvin – 4
    Vuckic – 0
    Janmaat – 6
    Taylor – 0
    Doumbia – 0
    Riviere – 0
    Marveaux- 0
    Ameobi – 0
    Cabella – 6
    TOTAL 87m

    desperately hang on to Shelvey, Townsend, Mitrovic (who will come good), Mbemba, Lascelles, Darlow, Elliot and Tiote.

    Darlow/Elliot, Lascelles/Mbemba/Dummett, Shelvey/Colback/Tiote/Townsend, Mitrovic/Armstrong, build a new squad around that. But i dont trust Carr or Charnley to unearth any gems and to squander that £80 million

    but if Tiote and Townsend go thats an extra 20m and think of all the Kanté’s and Mahrezes we can find for that.
    Oh yea…. Carr

    Finally, Benitez must stay

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 8, 2016 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #5

    Football is not about going out and playing/entertaining the fans and all about F**king money.
    That is all I have heard people banging on about how much we will lose if we go down. How much the team would get yesterday between Boro and Brighton who came up.

    Can anyone tell me how many games they have enjoyed watching the TOON over the past 4 seasons – maybe 10 if I’m lucky

  • Munster Mag

    May 8, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #6

    Average, nothing wrong with negativity when its fair. Modern life is full of American style positivists trying to polish turds instead of calling a turd a turd. I have been worried since the day they got Sam Fats and have felt sunderland are just a bit better than us. Oddly, sam is exactly what ashley needs now, assuming we go down.

  • Munster Mag

    May 8, 2016 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #7

    Thing is, assuming we go down, we can fix this. Two appointments, rafa or a talented manager, and a smart MD to administer the club, get value from our sales and communicate with the fanbase. The fans and decent players attacking, defending well and winning will take care of the rest.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 8, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #8

    I’ll spare you’se the repost, but left a lenghty post on previous.

  • Ron Knee

    May 8, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #9

    Assuming Benitez goes and Carr is “retired”, who will the parasite appoint to be in charge of buying/selling players in the summer?

  • NoahJ

    May 8, 2016 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #10

    couldn’t care less about almost all of the players you’ve listed. pundits and non-newcastle fans are obsessed with players like wijnaldum and sissoko, but for those of us that watch them every week, we know how poor they’ve been. wijnaldum was dropped 10 games too late, and how sissoko has started every game (and given the captaincy!) still astounds me.

    build a team around the likes of darlow/elliot, lascelles, mbemba, aarons, armstrong, perez and mitro, and get rid of the rest

  • Munster Mag

    May 8, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #11

    Shagged out after the emotions of yesterday, bloody gardening, too much wine and staying up late feeling sad about nufc. Its a cold shower for me and a bit of fresh air. At least Munster won their rugby match yesterday and qualified for europe.

  • Munster Mag

    May 8, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #12

    Agree noah. Ashley might need to find himself someone who can help him find a manager, and an MD. Like a football industry recruitment specialist with contacts etc.

  • El Sleeve

    May 8, 2016 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #13

    we dropped 4 points against Aston Villa this season. Let that sink in. When it does, you can’t help but feel this outcome is totally justified

  • sing in the corner

    May 8, 2016 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #14

    The tears have been shed and the biggest exodus in Newcastles history is the next item on the agenda.
    The rot as we all know has been there in the background for season after season. Yesterday highlighted it massively once again.
    When you really need them, so called star players like Sissoko, Wij and The great hope of the last window Shelvey, are simply not there. Perez has disintegrated for whatever reason.
    But the leadership, the character required to seize the situation and make it happen – that is what we have lacked for too long.
    So Everton could still save our sorry asses and at least take it to next Sunday. But even optimism is severely stretched now. While there’s life though…
    Howay divine intervention.

  • bladeuser

    May 8, 2016 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #15

    All you losers are to blame ASHLEY because he is clueless Carr as he really is not a good scout he remember recommended two French wingers for well over 20 mil and Leicester get two world class players out of the same league for a snip Steve Mac the incompetent baffoon PENFOLD who I have no words for then you lot for constantly turning up and LICKING the players arses because you think your the loyalist fans in the land reality check YOUR NOT
    Finally the millionaires who you flock to see the same useless pack of c@cks who have taken two points of the worst team in the epl and according to most made villa look OK yesterday
    Let’s see your 50 odd thousand arses on seats next season if nufc are hanging around mid table after being played off sjp by BURTON ALBION

  • sula

    May 8, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #16

    I really just wanted to see what Rafa could have potentially done next season with control oh well guess we will never see that day now. For all of you who say it’s not over yes Everton could do us a favour but having seen them yesterday that looks pretty slim.

    Let’s be serious if you can’t beat a team like villa then you don’t deserve to be in the prem. colback what a chance a simple placing of that ball in the corner was only needed. First point for villa in 12 games or so had to be the toon to give it to them.

    We must get relegated and continue to slip cause I would rather go down 3 divisions then to have Ashley as the owner. Tears have been shed for my beloved Newcastle but something has to change hopefully our future will have somebody who truly wants to take us forward.

  • NoahJ

    May 8, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #17


    someone somewhere yesterday hit the nail on the head in that we are lacking a nolan-type player- i.e. a captain and leader. we’ve relied on the likes of coloccini (who has conveniently been injured for 3 months with a calf strain), and sissoko (who has consistently demonstrated he wants to play elsewhere).

    Shelvey is a talented player, but his style of play breaks up attacks and imbalances the team. he also cannot kick with his left foot.

    Perez hasn’t been the same since he signed his long-term deal

    wijnaldum- he is lauded by critics who watched the televised match against norwich in which he scored 4, and therefore is apparently great. he has been woeful.

    cisse- I have been saying for well over a year now (and look back at previous blog comments), he is simply nowhere near good enough, and as much as I love benitez, I think it’s unjustified playing him again and again- he wastes 60 mins of scoring time before he is subbed, and we’re not good enough to necessarily score in 30 mins

  • davis_toons

    May 8, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #18

    I hope Jonjo Shelvey moves on..but its hard..where on earth can you get other clubs to pay 80k per week for him.

    Its always only Newcastle that will do such a deal. Even Swansea couldn’t afford it. He comes with a pay increment. Its only at Newcastle that you will find such a deal.

    A fool club that buy players for the sick of buying…sorry to be direct but its only the management to be blame. Sad.

  • davis_toons

    May 8, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #19

    So what if we can be promoted again?

    Another 7 or 8 years of repeated football drifting like that is not going to get us anywhere even if we were to be promoted again.

    Another manager for “Hard to Beat Football”? Is that what we are asking?


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