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An amazing 21 Newcastle player contracts need sorting

7 years ago

An amazing 21 Newcastle player contracts need sorting, with any number of first team players seeing their deals shortly coming to an end.

I was just checking out some player details earlier and was surprised that his deal was coming to an end, I then noticed another, then another, so I looked a bit further.

I know you are always going to have some players whose contracts are running down but 21 does seem a bit extreme.

The accepted position these days for Premier League clubs is not to let players get down to the final year of their contract and risk losing them for nothing, if they then decided to run the deal down and bank bigger wages through their next club not having to pay a transfer fee (if younger players left then there would be developmental compensation payable but they would be almost certainly much smaller amounts than any transfer fee).

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At this moment in time, half the Newcastle United squad see their contracts run out in the next year and a half.

Ten end in June 2014 and another eleven in June 2015.

June 2015 Ryan Taylor, Rolando Aarons (media claims that there is an extra one year option), Hatem Ben Arfa, Sammy Ameobi, Facundo Ferreyra (Loan), Jonas Gutierrez, Jak Alnwick, Remie Streete, Adam Campbell, Lubomir Satka

June 2016 Rob Elliot, Shane Ferguson, Kevin Mbabu, Haris Vuckic, Gabriel Obertan, Steven Taylor, Mehdi Abeid, Sylvain Marveaux, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon

While clearly some players will be allowed to leave by Newcastle, such as June 2015’s Ben Arfa, Ferreyra, Jonas and June 2016’s Ferguson, Vuckic and Marveaux,  You have a big vital core of the squad with their contracts winding down – players such As Coloccini, Ryan Taylor, Aarons, Obertan, Ameobi, Abeid, Steven Taylor, Williamson and Santon.

In fact all of United’s senior centre-backs see their contracts end in the next year and a half.

At a rough estimate I would assume that Alan Pardew would want at least half of these players to be staying at the club beyond their current deals, so it does beg the question as to why so many contract situations haven’t been addressed yet.

I can’t help but think that there could be some mileage in this being linked to Mike Ashley’s recent 2016 declaration, the Newcastle United owner hinting that he could be looking to sell the club in summer 2016, when he used the Fans Forum to put put a statement saying he would definitely still be at the club until summer 2016. The question obviously being why make that statement if you have no intention of leaving.

To a new buyer, having as few players as possible contracted long-term would be a major advantage as it would lower the financial commitment they were agreeing to take on, leaving them more leeway to make their own choices as to player recruitment and the relevant financial commitment.

Certainly if the club don’t start making major inroads on sorting a substantial number of these Newcastle player contracts out, then it will be very strange.


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