Mike Ashley Has Quickly Cleared Up One Problem At Newcastle

We were told last week the players were not in agreement with the club on the bonuses to be given out for this season.

The deal the players were offered was they would get £1M for finishing in 17th place and then another million for each place we finished above that.

The argument between players and club was too reminiscent of days of gone by when the players and management never saw eye to eye, and it was getting to be a problem.

But the players knew other PL clubs were offering better terms.

It seems the deadlock was quickly ended by a direct call from owner Mike Ashley to Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles last Thursday.

The new bonus structure was quickly agreed, and now the squad will share £4M if the club finishes in 17th place and avoids relegation.

Mike Ashley – solved the player bonus deadlock

And then an additional £1M for each place above 17th, so for example, if we finish in 10th place that’s £11M to be shared among the players and that’s on top of their already massive wages.

Mike Ashley said over the summer he will not put any more of his own money into the club, but that didn’t stop him from offering the players a £20M bonus for winning the FA Cup next year.

If he is offering the players that, we wonder what Rafa and his coaching staff are on as far as a bonus structure is concerned for this season?

The players and Rafa Benitez himself are happy the matter with the players has been resolved amicably.

This is one of the few times that Mike has managed to fix a problem at the club rather than cause one.

But he still deserves credit for it.

We hope it continues and he would do well to fully support Rafa Benitez in this January’s transfer window.

Getting three good players through the door would be a lift for everybody concerned at the club, including Rafa Benitez.

And as we all know he is crucial to Newcastle’s future – he is Newcastle’s future!

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • optimistic prime

    Sep 13, 2017 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #1

    Did they get it in writing?

  • hibbit

    Sep 13, 2017 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #2

    hope Jamaal recorded the call !!!

  • Harley

    Sep 13, 2017 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #3

    Good. If it’s one thing current footballers need it’s more money.

  • sing in the corner

    Sep 13, 2017 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #4

    Good luck to anyone who can earn an unbelievable living from playing a sport.
    But I am staggered by this whole bonus idea. Nothing but outrageous greed!

  • pablos left foot

    Sep 13, 2017 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #5

    Think the general opinion now is that we have a pretty decent side, especially the new players who were brought in for tuppence ha’penny, ( that”s old money). Imagine what Rafa could do with some healthy investment. I’m just saying, y’know.

  • toontaff2

    Sep 13, 2017 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #6

    Sing, good for them, to be fair!

  • pablos left foot

    Sep 13, 2017 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #7

    Dammit! I’ve awakened the matter of the summer transfer window, a subject that should be put permanently to bed now!

  • Geordie-john

    Sep 13, 2017 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #8

    Excellent comments lads. I’ve had a little chuckle for a change. For the 2 ladies that sometimes read these comments . Wish your Dad a speedy recovery and it’s nice to hear that he is still committed to the club

  • lesh

    Sep 13, 2017 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #9

    In calling Lascelles direct, Ashley’s gone over Rafa’s head when one would have expected him to relay the message and his maximums Rafa leaving him to deal with the players. Naughty Ashley but at least it’s sorted.

  • ctommo

    Sep 13, 2017 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #10

    A bonus for finishing 17th is a joke. The wages the players are on, earning a living in front of 50000 a week, and playing for the club should be enough of an incentive to finish as high as possible. I could understand a bonus of top 6 or even top half, but avoiding relegation is ridiculous.

  • ashleysmate

    Sep 13, 2017 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #11

    Who would have a managers job??!
    Players on crazy wages and bonus, yet if a team does badly its the manager who gets it in the neck


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