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.