ST0002_Steven_Taylor_Newcastle_United_NUFC (2)A crucial match against Stoke today and the points are still to be put on the board – but what a great undercurrent in the preparations for today’s match, from the Newcastle United perspective of course.

United’s position in the Premier league table might not have changed radically (yet…) but the transformation in hopes and expectations, in just over a month, has been remarkable.

I don’t think many fans had any great expectations for the Europa League having seen the embarrassing display at Brighton in the FA Cup. It wasn’t an embarrassment getting beat by the south coast team because after all they are just one division below Newcastle, what was a total disgrace though was the performance of a team who after all were supposedly first team squad players.

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It looked as though United were not going to risk first team players in cup competitions and that the squad players coming in were clearly not going to get us anywhere once we played the better European teams in the competition.

However, we have just seen a Newcastle eleven largely made up of squad players and who more than held their own against a club who are spending £30m on world class players and who were second favourites for the competition.

What makes it all the better though is that today, Alan Pardew could be able to bring in SEVEN first team players who didn’t start in Moscow.

Papiss Cisse was out through illness, Gouffran and Debuchy weren’t eligible to play, but the manager chose to rest/leave out Tiote, Taylor, Jonas and Santon from the team that started against Anzhi.

Clearly, at least some of the squad strengthening should have happened in the summer but for the here and now – to be able to come off the back of such an excellent European result and potentially be able to add seven of your first choice eleven into the starting line-up against Stoke today…surely you can’t get a much more ideal scenario.

No excuses today – three points.

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9 comments
newcastle7
newcastle7

No matter what happens the accounts tell a true story over a period of time despite the coming and going of players so just get over it.Support the team on Sunday go to the game and take your mates with you

RexN
RexN

@newcastle7 Thanks for the advice. Rather than support the team on Sunday, (most of who are unlikely to be with us next year) I choose to support the long term interests of the club against what Ashley has done to it. You and your friends are welcome to join us.

Sean Kelly
Sean Kelly

as I've said before, the chronicle could and should be doing a great deal more with regards to this aswell. instead of their so called celebrity journalists tweeting absolute shite day in day out whilst sitting on the fence.

LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder

I wonder if the club really did fine Pardew for his 'head-butt'....I suggested at the time it be donated to charity... 


... would that show up in any form?

IntravenusMP
IntravenusMP

@LeazesEnder It 'may' be within the charitable donations and it 'may' be within the salaries however,  but for directors, a company must not divulge individual salaries to the outside world. 

Sickandtiredstill
Sickandtiredstill

@toontooncouk 

Rex -How can players signed in Jan '13 (12/13 accounts period) and players after June 30th '14 (after the 13/14 account period closed) be in the latest accounts?

The money was spent before or after this accounting period. I don't get this one.

IntravenusMP
IntravenusMP

@Sickandtiredstill Becasue when highish earners like Sissoko arrived in January 13, we paid them for services Jan/Feb13-June 13 in the 2013 accounts but Jul 13-Jun 14 in the 2014 accounts so that would help explain why the wage figure was higher. Obviously, as the employer, NUFC are not going to (& must not) divulge the salaries of individuals but it's just an explanation of the higher wage cost.  

RexN
RexN

@Sickandtiredstill Sorry about that. It was to do with the players' wages on one hand and amortisation on the other.


The players signed in January 2013 had 6 months wages in 2012-13, and 12 months wages in 2013-14. That is a partial explanation about the increase in wages. The other side to it is the extra amortisation as compared with the previous year, which is what I was trying to highlight.


As for signings after the end of June 2014, there is a possibility (not explained by the club) that any commitment made can be listed under `accruals'. If a pre-contract agreement has been made but the payment will be made when the contract starts, this is legitimate. There were reports that Colback tried to get out of it when West Ham offered a higher wage but that the agreement ( I believe leaked by sources close to West Ham) suggested that Colback's agreement with NUFC was watertight.


It's fair to say that different clubs may have different policies as to how to account for this sort of thing. It makes for an interesting technicality post-Bosman, particularly with a club that likes to get players cheaply.


I hope that helps.