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Newcastle Face Difficulties Renewing Best Players’ Contracts

There was a meeting yesterday between Steven Taylor’s agents and the Newcastle club, and the Journal reports this morning the talks went well, and that’s good to hear.

Jose Enrique – contract runs out in summer of 2011

And the general feeling now in the club is that Steven Taylor will sign the new contract, and we hope it’s a 5.5 year deal that both Mike Williamson and Nile Ranger signed yesterday.

Newcastle seem to be doing exactly the right thing by offering long term contracts to their good players, and once we have Steven signed up, the club will turn to those players on the big contracts, who were signed before Mike came in, or just after Mike Ashley bought the club in the summer of 2007.

Some of the good players, who are on high wages at Newcastle are Joey Barton and Jose Enrique, probably two of our very best players right now, and two that Chris Hughton will hope the club can tie down with new contracts  fairly soon.

And both players have waxed lyrical about Newcastle United, with the Spaniard saying he wants to finish his playing days on Tyneside, and the lad is still only 24.

Hughton alluded to a potential problem the club may have, with renewing some of these contracts, when they are quite big like in the cases of Jose and Joey:

“The club is very much aware of when player contracts are up. We are conscious of when José and Joey’s contracts are up.”

“It is risky to let them run them down and the ideal situation is to secure the players at the club for a long period, as we have done this week with Nile and Mike.”

“But some situations are easier than others. I haven’t spoken to Joey about it at all yet.”

Both Enrique and Barton were signed by big Sam Allardyce in the summer of 2007 on five year deals, and we have to say we are pleased with the good cooperation that seems to be going on now  between the Newcastle Board and Chris Hughton. It even looks sometimes that the club is being well run. 😀

Of course in all of this Chris’ contract ends next June, so we have to hope the club will take care of Hughton, who is building a new regime on  Tyneside, and who seems only worried about his players’   contracts – such is the innate goodness of the Londoner.

Another difficulty the club has, is that after their shock relegation, they are now demanding clauses in the new contracts, which mean the wages will be reduced if the club is relegated to the Championship again.

This was one problem with Steven Taylor’s deal, and we don’t know for sure whether in Steven’s case, the club removed that clause.

These clauses were never in the contracts before the club was relegated in May, 2009, and that caused the wage bill in the Championship to be huge, and was way above the reduced revenues being brought in.

But owner Mike Ashley – t0 to his credit – loaned the club another £30M, which saw the club through last season, and it worked well of course, because Newcastle were immediately  promoted back to the Premier League.

Joey Barton’s wage has often been reported to be around £60K/week and Jose’s at around £45K/week, and of course they have to be only rough estimates.

So for both players there are just 19 months to go on their contracts, and the club soon must think about offering new deals to these two top players.

Alan Smith is in the exact same category, but with Alan not being in the first team, we don”t know if Newcastle will be keen to offer Alan a contract that matches the £60K/week he is said to be getting on Tyneside at the moment.

But it wouldn’t surprise us too much, if Alan even accepted reduced wages to stay on Tyneside,  as he seems to just love the area.

Joey has played 61 times for Newcastle, and Jose has played 108 times for the Magpies, and Smith has played 85 times, and we’d love to see those appearances be a lot more in the years ahead.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 4, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Not sure about wanting to see Smith get more appearances as he really hasn`t lived up to it at all.
    Not 1 goal in 85 games and lots of yellow cards and poor passes.
    I reckon he should have been tried up front for several games to get a goal and confidence but now we should get cash for him,maybe Fat Sam will fork out for him 🙂

  • Lew Davies

    Dec 4, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #2

    U seem to know an awful lot about these confidential contract negotiations Ed. !!!

    “But owner Mike Ashley – t0 to his credit – loaned the club another £30M, which saw the club through last season, and it worked well of course, because Newcastle were immediately promoted back to the Premier League.” – puke.
    What are u on?

    Can quite easily see us losing Jose, as he will be offered a decent deal elsewhere no probs.
    No one wants Smith on those wages, so thats not a problem. I thought the same about Barton, but he has played well so far this season, so I imagine he would get an offer elsewhere too. Think he would prefer to stay here though, but not for less money.
    Then again its cheaper than having to go out looking for and buying a replacement, if our younguns aren’t up to the job by then.

  • jesus was a geordie

    Dec 4, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #3


    I’d say it’s fairly naive to expect that Ashley put no money into the running of the club last year. We had half our income slashed and still had a wage bill in the top 7 of the Premier League.

    Can’t see us losing Jose, it would take a massive U-Turn on his part if his recent interviews are to be believed. Besides, money-wise, unless he goes to a top 6 club, I can’t see anyone paying him more than us, and if he goes to one of the bigger boys, I’d say it would be for want of success, not a bigger bank balance!

  • rc.souvik

    Dec 4, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #4

    1)”Jose Enrique – contract runs out in summer of 2011″

    2)”for both players there are just 19 months to go on their contracts”

    both statement of yours contradict one another!!!!

  • Lew Davies

    Dec 4, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #5

    Yeah well they’re kinda linked aren’t they.
    If it was me then I would just pay him the going rate to keep him here. But not leave it to the last minute to sort it out. Thats all.
    If we let our high earners go to more “successful clubs” purely for financial reasons, then we will never be successful ourselves.
    It worries me that Ashley wont see it this way is all.

  • Lew Davies

    Dec 4, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #6

    summer 2012 actually. lol

  • jesus was a geordie

    Dec 4, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #7

    Aye, common sense and business sense are both important – judging by our actions with regards to Ranger and Willo’s contracts I think both have been shown and hopefully the same will go for Jose and Barton.

    Willo and Ranger were obviously on low wages due to the fact they were unproven in this league. Then, just before the transfer window we give them 5 year contracts, both a statement of intent (we want to hang onto them) and a show of faith (we’re happy with the way they’ve played). I can’t complain at all, just hope it continues!

  • judz1991

    Dec 4, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #8

    Did anyone see Soccer Saturday, the boys on the panel were absolutely raving Jose, and Le Tissier even said he rates him one of top 3 left backs in the league which i completely agree with. He’s a class act he’s so much quicker, so much stronger than 2 years ago and best of all he knows the language and he’s settled. Really need to keep him at the club, if he wants 60k or more a week then give him it Mr Ashley because we have a potentially world class left back, i won’t be surprised when he’s Spains first choice left back soon.

  • Solaidback

    Dec 4, 2010 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #9

    are you all forgetting that the club will have a budget & need to keep the wages to a minimum or we’ll be back where we were before we got relegated, currently due to gate receipts not being in the 52000 region, we don’t have the same revenue as before we got relegated, so we need to keep the wage bill as low as possible or risk getting back into debt……

    So a big NO to giving out top wages like before, if the players love the club as much as they say, then no one should be on more than 50k a week, no one & if they want more then they can frak off elsewhere, there’s always other players who’ll be as good for that sort of dosh… 🙁

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 4, 2010 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #10

    trouble i see,
    if we continue to make progress like we are,, amd dare say reach europe in a season or 2, some of our young players, carol esp will be looking at the likes of rudolf rooney and saying 200k hmmm i get 30k just a guess, loyalty wont play any part, he will be off for the first 100k he gets offerd, 99% will do the same,,
    look at shearer, i love this club,,held it to ransom a bit, clause i have to be the highest paid player at the club,, now thts loyalty,,

    money rules ,, full stop

  • chuck

    Dec 4, 2010 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #11

    Ashley`s dealings with the club like most of the playing staff and those in management, have been based on self interest.
    Lets get that clear !
    Secondary are things like loyalty.
    No different from the average persons relationship with the company he works for.
    Errm, sure it`s in the interest of the club to be profitable and running a tight ship is part of it.
    So is having people in top management who know what it`s all about.
    Hughton, his coaches, scouts, physios, etc.
    And keeping the playing staff happy and productive is essential.
    In which case there will be variations in wage scales, with obviously stars earning more then those not quite at that level.
    Which means” different strokes for different folks”.
    I certainly would`nt pay much attention to statements from people like El Toro, who declares he wants to end his career here on tyneside.
    Just let Barca or Real put in a bid and he would be off like a shot.
    And face it how many players have we witnessed kissing badges and professing loyalty to the club, only to do the same thing the following season at their new club.
    A combination of bull***t, Showbiz and dosh!

  • chuck

    Dec 4, 2010 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #12

    What kind of siplistic statement is that ?
    Because we no longer draw maximum crowds, every player should then be satisfied with a salary cap of fifty grand.
    Just what kind of side would that result in ?
    Man U. tried that bull***t over ten years ago (when negotiating with R. Keane) it did`nt work then and it aint gonna work now.
    The fact is if you want to watch a decent side, you gotta pay them the market price.
    I guess Ashley does`nt agree with you, as there are a number of our players (and with Taylors dsignature one more) who are currently earning over your suggested cap.


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