We’re not saying for one minute that getting relegated will be a good thing for Newcastle United.
Alan Shearer – please clear the decks in the summer
But if we do end up getting relegated tomorrow, there are some positive ways to look at it, and one of them is to take the opportunity to clear the decks at Newcastle.
We hope Alan Shearer will be in total control of the club in terms of managing the players, and everything else he wants to be in charge of.
There will be no Director Of Football or any trouble makers, like Dennis Wise from now on, and we don’t expect too many Londoners to join Alan, apart from some of his old playing buddies – like West Ham born Rob Lee perhaps.
But it will be a prefect time for Alan to pinpoint who Newcastle will sell in the summer, and the club surely will take stock and get rid of the many players who are on big wages and have done so little for the club this season.
Those players include captain Michael Owen (right at the top of the list), Mark Viduka, Fabricio Coloccini, Jonas Gutierrez, Claudio Cacapa (remember him?), Geremi, Xisco (worth £5.7M?), Smith (injured yet again recently), Joey Barton (no room for thugs under Shearer), Martins (he’ll be a loss we ahve to admit), and loan player Nacho Gonzalez, who has been the biggest waste of time on Tyneside for any player, for many years.
He could be the best player in the world, but he’s been no use at all to Newcastle this season, because he hasn’t played.
This Uruguayan appeared only twice as a substitute and since early September, says he has an Achilles injury.
We have never known a loan player be such a complete waste of time, but he earned good money. To think Newcastle had to pay for this player’s services, when he did absolutely nothing certainly smells of a bad business deal the club made – on the last day of the transfer window, no less.
Smells of desperation to us.
The club should learn from this for the future – any time a loan player gets crocked, he’s sent packing and the deal is off. What a concept that is!
Dennis Wise probably made the deal, because it smells of his utter incompetence.
Some of the players listed have contracts running out (Viduka, Owen, Cacapa), and some wouldn’t want to play in the Championship Legaue because of the upcoming World Cup next summer, as only one reason, (Owen, Coloccini, Gutierrez, Martins), so we really do think those players will all be unloaded should we go down.
An estimate of the wage bill that will save for those 11 players is £615K/week.
That’s close to £32M a year, and we wouldn’t miss most of them.
So hey, that’s a good place to start, and we’ll be left with a good squad base on which Alan can build in the summer.
And the strange thing is that players at the club will have to earn their money next season – and not only that, but they will need to turn up to training on time. These are mind-boggling new concepts for players earning on average around £60K/week, and with these new stringent rules, Alan may even find it hard to recruit players in the summer. 😀
Yes, Alan will make changes for next season all right.