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6 Year Contract Offer Exposes Ashley and Kinnear’s Desperation

6 years ago
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The naive few were fooled in the past by claims from within the club of five year plans which supposedly proved Mike Ashley had some clever long-term strategy for Newcastle United.

However, I think pretty much everybody has come to accept that the club lives from day to day with decisions made up as they go along.

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Paul_Dummett_Newcastle_United_NUFC_600Back in the relegation season of 2008/09, the brilliant Shay Given decided that even he had had enough of what was happening at Newcastle under Ashley and demanded a move. He left for Manchester City in the January and Newcastle United reacted instantly by giving Shola Ameobi an extended contract. This was clearly a move by Ashley and Kinnear to appease the fans after Given’s departure, the supporters though watched in disbelief as Shola had done nothing at all to justify another contract (contracts!).

Moving forward to the present day, it has now being revealed that Newcastle United have offered Paul Dummett a six year contract.

Firstly, I would say I’m really pleased for Dummett and like the rest of you would love to see him, and the other local lads, come through.

However, on the other side of the equation I think this move by Ashley and Kinnear is a patently desperate move to try and get some cheap popularity votes. Especially at a time when the running of the club is being increasingly exposed as a total shambles.

Great for Dummett if he gets this six year contract but he is simply a pawn in the shoddy running of the club.

In the summer Dummett’s contract came to an end and Newcastle gave him a new one year contract, so what has happened in the meantime to merit this six year one?

This is not a criticism, just reality. The young left-back has had a few decent outings in the Capital One Cup, he did well as an emergency centre-back against Liverpool, then had a bit of a nightmare when he was thrown in against Sunderland in that same position.

The reality is that surely he is third choice behind Santon and Haidara, who looked again a very useful player last night before having to be substituted through injury.

A bit like the Shola contract back in 2009, surely the bottom line is that this six year contract would be going to a player who will play very few matches, unless players are sold in front of him…

A bit like giving Pardew an 8 year contract rather than proper backing in the transfer market. A six year deal for Dummett does not equal ambition, the six year element of it, rather than say two or three years, is surely just a desperate attempt to show there is any ambition at Newcastle United under Ashley.

Why aren’t they announcing they have agreed a permanent deal with Remy to be finalised in January?

No doubt some of you who comment on here and are happy to argue black is white, will maybe claim that a Remy deal may well be happening behind the scenes on the quiet.

Well all I can say on that is I haven’t spoken to a single Newcastle fans in recent weeks who believes there is any real commitment by Mike Ashley to try and make Loic Remy’s stay a permanent one. This despite Remy looking like our only real goal threat in most of the matches so far.

Paying what it takes to finance the deal AND convincing Remy (as well as Cabaye, Krul….) that the club is going places, would show Newcastle have ambition.

Selling a six year deal to a twenty two year old who has made a handful of appearances and who loves Newcastle United on the other hand, isn’t exactly the hardest sell in the world.

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