News on Saturday morning that Newcastle United have paid up the contracts of French ‘stars’ Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan.

Two disastrous transfers by Newcastle United and sadly they are just two of many under Mike Ashley’s ridiculous transfer policy.

The Chronicle have broken the story and say that both Obertan and Marveaux have now left the club, rather than waiting until the end of June when their contracts expire.

Giving far too long contracts to players who aren’t good enough, then not being able to offload them due to paying them Premier League wages when they are Championship…at best.

Ironically, on the day of Alan Pardew’s return to St James Park, at the time the Obertan signing was widely reported to have been one of the few transfers that Pardew had any real say in.

The now Palace boss getting his way on signing the Manchester United flop, rather than the usual Graham Carr selections.

During his five year stay, Obertan managed just 33 Premier League starts and two goals.

Sylvain Marveaux has somehow managed to repay Newcastle with even less of a return, just 13 Premier League starts and one goal.

The United squad is still littered with a number of similar players who we will never get rid of, Gouffran has another year of ill deserved Premier League wages to look forward to, whilst Emmanuel Riviere is believed to have another four.

Just over two months ago we saw yet another disastrous Graham Carr signing, with Henri Saivet already now deemed not good enough to get into the matchday 18 and nowhere near the first team. This being despite Newcastle having a dearth of quality right throughout the squad – Saivet having another five years to go at St James Park.

Let us all hope that Rafa Benitez is still here and deciding transfers this summer, no matter what division Newcastle end up in.