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Radical Bonus Scheme For Newcastle United Players

8 years ago
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As the season neared its end, much talk centred around the Newcastle United bonus scheme rewarding players for simply finishing in the top ten.

Fans wondering whether players and the managerial team should reward players for finishing tenth, which surely nobody would regard as success, but merely the very least we should expect of a club of our stature and resources (even taking into account the lack of ambition on and off the pitch from Mike Ashley).

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However, it then emerged that the 10% bonus the players and coaching staff (and other unspecified staff within the club) received for their efforts in 2013/14 could have been so much more.

It has since been reported that each position would have paid an extra 10% of their wages as a bonus.

So 10th = 10% bonus, 9th = 20% and so on, right up to apparently 100% if we’d won the league…

With some fans doubting exactly how much effort certain players were putting in on that second half of the season, surely it would be a great idea to extend this idea further.

Fair enough keep this 10% for 10th and then increments as you go up, but what about doing it the other way as well?

So if Newcastle finish 11th next season they would lose 10% of their pay, then lose 20% if finish 12th and so on – right down to losing everything if they finish bottom.

Surely that would concentrate the minds of the players and we wouldn’t see any repeat of the feeble surrenders that we enjoyed most matches after Boxing Day.

Yes you would still see defeats but I bet it would guarantee players fighting tooth and nail and ‘encouraging’ their teammates to do the same.

If the players really want to convince fans that they are desperate to make up for their failings of the past season, let them sign up to this radical scheme and maybe we really will start to have some belief again.

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