One of the many problems Newcastle have to contend with when we make a very poor signing – is that it’s often difficult to move the player out, because we sign them on long contacts and give them huge wages at Newcastle.
We saw that in the past with players like Xisco, who cost us £5.7M from Deportivo and tend to stay the full length of their contract – in Xisco’s case the full five years.
Newcastle have to loan them out to get some other club helping to pay their wages.
Emmanuel Riviere – a failure at Newcastle
Xisco played only 9 times for us in the five years he was a Newcastle player and scored only one goal, which happened to be in his very first game against Hull City in September, 2008, after Kevin Keegan had left the club.
Not a good signing by the Director of Football Dennis Wise – and he didn’t even tell Kevin he was bringing the Spanish U-21 striker in.
Not good by Dennis in many different ways.
And even in the case of loaning these players out, it’s difficult because of the high wages.
And that’s exactly the situation now with Lorient, who want to take Yoan Gouffran and Emmanuel Riviere on loan – two Frenchmen who have not done well on Tyneside.
Lorient Vice-President Alex Hayes has said this in the French publication Le Telegramme:
“They are not easy deals because these are players who are struggling in England, but at the same time have big salaries.”
Newcastle want Lorient to pick up the wages of the players, but the French club are currently resisting that proposal.
Newcastle should keep Gouffran for the final year of his contract – he can do a job for us this season – but Riviere has turned out to be yet another poor signing by Graham Carr; we paid out £6M to Monaco for him two years ago.
Hopefully, with Rafa now in charge of all football matters at the club, these poor signings will become a thing of the past.
Rafa is also doing something very interesting – he is bringing in players to fix weaknesses in the side.
What a concept that is.
But it’s something we never used to do in the past, as daft as that may seem.