Newcastle United have removed yet another player off the wage bill with Mike Ashley pushing the transfer of Davide Santon to Inter Milan.

The move went through this morning on an initial loan basis, with reports that the deal includes a trigger whereby if the Italian plays a certain number of matches this season then a £3m+ permanent deal will be automatically generated.

Davide Santon posted comments on Facebook saying how much he’d loved it at Newcastle and thanking the fans and so on, with the post later deleted as the deal was initially delayed.

However, it was a different story with Santon’s Geordie girlfriend and mother of his child, Chloe Sanderson.

Talk about a woman scorned, she gave it to Mike Ashley with both barrels by posting the following on her Twitter account, comments which were also deleted a short time afterwards;

“Just to put it out there, Davide declined Inter Milan’s first offer but was pushed out by Newcastle United to leave..

“Disgusted with how Davide has been treated, fully fit for a while now with no chance to play – a club whose only intentions are to make £££”

While the fans were undoubtedly split on Davide Santon, there was an overall feeling that Alan Pardew had failed to get the best out of the Italian’s undoubted ability, with the defender being ‘Pardewed’.

There are big parallels with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, another player who came here with a great pedigree but who ended up in no-man’s land under the former manager, then removed from the wage bill while players with lesser ability are retained.

Surely no coincidence that as well as the former manager himself, three of Newcastle’s biggest wage earners have been taken off the wage bill by Ashley, with Hatem Ben Arfa the other to no longer be paid by Newcastle United.

Like Ms Sanderson, I have a strong feeling that Davide Santon has been cynically pushed out of the club, with money the primary reason – not ability.



  • toonterrier

    No surprise there then. The money grabber has no interest in our football club other than as a cash cow. Stll early yet but probably more to go before the window closes.Watching sky five and they are talking about several of the young lads being loaned out including Bigi and Goode probably on the way to Rangers.

  • magpie9

    Selling is the prime word in fatsos football vocabulary.

  • jimblag

    Our club is pathetic now. If he didn’t want to go he should be able to just stay at Newcastle, but any manager we have has his balls in MA’s vice and will be banned from picking him. If I was a young kid looking for a club to support, there is no way I’d pick such an unambitious selling club. It’s a travesty the way we’re run, I’m not a big, huge Santon fan but this just says it all really.

  • GToon

    He cant sell them quick enough can he. Does he think its some kind of board game where the winner is the one with no players left? Wonder how Carver feels. Bet he isnt so glad the pie eater turned up against Hull now. Shame. One step forward, two steps back.

  • amacdee

    GToon “One step forward, two steps back”  Thats the club’s motto isnt it ?

  • No Brainer

    Absolute rubbish the guy was given plenty chances and the fella didn’t take them the childish term pardewed just sums you up Porter.
    Nearly all fans i know have been vocal in their call for Davide to be replaced by Haidara. 
    What is clear he is that the club have moved on a third choice player.
    With his girlfriend having to now contemplate the opportunity live as a footballers wife in a new city with a completely different family culture. It is hardly surprising she is a bit peeved. 
    Its tough times ahead for her I hope they both cope well with it. Footballers lives look so easy but circumstances like this show its not all plain sailing. Either for him not good enough to play for the team he uprooted himself for and her having now uproot herself and child from her family for her partner

    Best wishes to both he seems a nice kid but far to nice against the mackems last year

  • No Brainer

    jimblag Why oh why if a player has very little chance of playing then why should i as a paying fan keep on contributing to his astronomical wage.

  • amacdee

    toonterrier Yeah like we’re overflowing with CB’s ? Why bother having any young, pacy, defenders when we’ve got the incredible hulks ?

  • Demented_Man

    Interesting comment about Santon being fully fit for a while but not allowed to play.  I wouldn’t trust those shysters in the boardroom as far as I could throw them.

  • No Brainer

    Demented_Man Is it not that he hasn’t been picked as there are better options. Seriously both dummett and Haidara are both better

  • amacdee

    No Brainer He’s only got no chance of playing because the Fatman wanted him off the wage bill – pure and simple ! He had plenty of years in him and he could fill in at either RB or LB but money talks in Fatmans world and poor old Davide was earning too much !

  • DZA187

    Spot on – Players forced out and some simple fan still goes out and buys a wonga shirt to support the board, how wonder the fatman is laughing.

  • No Brainer

    amacdee No Brainer Can you repeat that are you saying

    ‘You would pick D Santon before Haidara and Dummett’

    He is not a good cover for RB truly awful as for years ahead of him it was 17 months left and we all know a foreigner in the last year of his contract would be taking the free route

  • amacdee

    “They are a business not a club. And as long as they keep losing players with the passion Davide had.
    “They are killing NUFC, and killing the support from the fans who stick around after all the ****.”
    So we assume that Santon or his GF wont be coming back then ?

  • SimonM68

    Davide needs to be careful with her mind…. if he ever ‘strays’ she sounds like a candidate for revenge porn!
    I’m pretty neutral on him to be honest – he was adequate at best for me.  Don’t think it’s fair to say he was Pardewed as he had a good run in the team at fullback and was superceded by (marginally better?) players.
    The key for me is we will exit the transfer window with a weaker squad than we had entering it. That can’t be good.  Disappointing when kids would rather rot in Spurs’ reserves than get regular first team football, but we are no big draw these days are we…

  • Carver for North Korea

    SimonM68 and just who are the better players ?

  • NatTurner

    No Brainer Are you asserting that you knew that Santon has been fully fit for a while?  The club said that?  In my opinion Santon was the second best fullback at the club after Janmaat.  Similarly MYM was the second best CB after Colo.

  • Carver for North Korea

    No Brainer Demented_Man dont be so fooking stupid he`s the bast left back by a mile

  • amacdee

    No Brainer  amacdee
    How the rest of the squad see this only time will tell !

  • jimblag

    No Brainer amacdee Dummett needs to be a CB so you can count him out and Haidara is about as good as Santon. So Santon was good cover, plus he’s shown loyalty in the past and has roots in the region so you would hope as a club you would reward such things instead of pointlessly having a revolving door of players.

  • NatTurner

    Carver for North Korea Our fans have short memories.  When Santon was in the teams Italian clubs were coveting him.  We were afraid he would get sold.  I’ve heard of no clubs trying to sign Haidara or Dummett.

  • tyneside tommo

    No Brainer Demented_Man You cannot be serious? SpecSavers need the likesof you.

  • No Brainer

    amacdee seriously passion Davide had you have got to be kidding he is a good player but never passionate.

  • No Brainer

    NatTurner No Brainer He was on the bench against Everton so I would assume he has been fit since at least 27th December

  • No Brainer

    NatTurner Carver for North Korea no club has made a bid in the past that we know of and no one I know has him as their number 1 LB

  • StephenBowers

    Don’t think anyone new Santon’s best position. I thought the opposition pushed him on his weak left hand side.
    May turn out to be a mistake .
    I would like to think the incoming cash is invested in the paper thin squad but somehow doubt it.

  • Sherrybobbins

    Terrible, shortsighted thinking this. We’ve now got two full backs, two fit Centre backs plus dummet who can cover across the back four until the end of the season. Nice bit of business for Ashley though eh? Except that we’re getting less than we paid for him so even financially it doesn’t make sense.

  • NatTurner

    No Brainer Fair enough but on the bench doesn’t necessarily mean fully fit, especially at paper thin NUFC.

  • No Brainer

    NatTurner No Brainer By that criteria he may well have been injured since 2012

  • No Brainer

    Carver for North Korea No Brainer Ha Ha Ha sad child

  • SimonM68

    Demented_Man Hey – he could have played in the FA Cup then!  I’m angry now too!

  • SimonM68

    Carver for North Korea SimonM68 I like Haidara – he’s better going forward. I did say ‘marginal’  I get that it’s not clear cut and (like most things) a matter of opinion. Dummet – god loves a tryer eh…

  • Hughie

    Davide is not a left back and I ‘m not convinced he can hack it in the PL.. Frequently turned on his left side, and can’t cross with his left foot going forward–simple!!. Colback can play left back if necessary, not to mention soon returning Ryan Taylor. The Toon coaches must have cottoned onto Santon months ago, before he was injured. Saw him recently for the Under 21’s and he didn’t look as if he could give a **** — was very poor at that level. Even when playing as an occasional right back, not good enough defensively. One of many recent imports who has joined the costly exit queue. Sorry Mr Carr but your stock is falling. Santon,  Marveaux, Ben Arfa, Mbiwa couldn’t hack it in the PL. Who signed Luuk de Jong and Ferreyra? So that is 8 million revenue for Pardew and Mbiwa, saving on wages for Ben Arfa and Santon, presumably something for Campbell and the other kid who are on loan at the Heed, and potential further savings on Vuckic and Bigi at Rangers it seems,? Add another 3 million or so for Santon in the summer, minus JC’s extra wages and that should add upto about a  £10.5million profit from this window, with a greatly reduced wage bill.  No excuse not to invest heavily in the summer– where have we heard that before—ho ho ho???

  • Mal44

    Not good enough for us but good enough for Inter Milan. I wouldn’t mind if someone else was coming in but it’s probably just too late, despite a gigantic effort by Charnley, to get our target over the line. Looks as if we’ll end the window as usual with a weaker squad.

  • David Pickering

    Whilst agreeing it is somewhat stating the obvious. Unfortunately for her I don’t believe her boyfriend will be missed. Simply put, he’s not good enough and is terribly injury prone.

  • mrkgw

    I can only hope that Mike Ashley takes on Rangers and is forced to sell up at Newcastle. His reign has been a complete disaster for us all.

  • Carver for North Korea

    David Pickering Not good enough for Nufc but goes to Inter Milan ! 
    get a reality check pal

  • No Brainer

    Hughie Ben arfa certainly wasn’t one of carr’s  but i have to agree about santon and Mbiwa

  • Tony Mark Elsender

    its like she doesnt know who he is

  • No Brainer

    Carver for North Korea David Pickering really you know nothing our reserves would beat them at the moment did you watch them last night

  • vbhgft

    Santon joins Mbiwa, Marveaux, Perch, Best, Simpson and Guthrie as the previously vilified and latterly canonised. 

    Leave Newcastle and you instantly become world class.

  • Jimminie Crickett

    Not sure about the sense of this deal. We’re selling a player who is still young and has potential for half what we paid and we could use him as well… Well done charnley…

  • Jimminie Crickett

    Not to mention, by all accounts, he wants to be here…

  • Malcolm Colledge

    Santon will not be missed.

  • Alan Richardson

    He will be if Haidara gets injured.

  • likelylad

    Inter Milan have a por team.
    I have yet to hear you say anything decent about the toon. You post all over the place but its all negative wumming.
    You aren’t even a true fan. You support another team as well. Why don’t you wind up their fans?

  • likelylad

    People on here whinge about everything.
    We have a full squad so need to get rid of some players even at a loss.
    Otherwise we wont be able to buy anyone in the summer for our new head coach.
    We should be top of the world. Who would have thought 10 years ago that Rangers would be the toons feeder club.
    We will send them on loan there until they are good enough to play for us.

  • Druid_granny

    WTF! Why not sell Dummet, Santon is ten times better than him, 5 times better than Haidara, Rhyan Taylor, sell him but not Santon. One of the smartest guys in the team, it’s an outrage , i hate Ashley but more than him i hate  football team without any “brains”! It’s sick! Dear Newcastle United FC board you are nothing more than amateurs  !

    P.S. He was one of the two real defenders that play in the team at the moment.

  • Carver for North Korea

    likelylad take a fooking hike you Moron you wouldnt know a player if he kicked you up the A$$

  • Carver for North Korea

    likelylad ive read your posts & your a complete idiot

  • Carver for North Korea

    No Brainer Carver for North Korea David Pickering
    BRAIN DEAD !!!!

  • gmtoon

    I just can’t stand WAGS getting involved.  I bet Davide went beetroot when he realised what she had done.  We’ll probably read in the Sunday Papers in the summer how he left for Milan on his own and hasn’t phoned since.

  • amacdee

    likelylad A full squad aint the same as a quality squad. With Santon and Vukcic off, this is all thats left

    http://www.nufc.co.uk/page/Teams/PlayerProfile/0,,10278%7E37149,00.htmlhttp://www.nufc.co.uk/page/Teams/PlayerProfile/0,,10278%7E32677,00.html 
    Defendershttp://www.nufc.co.uk/page/Teams/PlayerProfile/0,,10278%7E28619,00.html http://www.nufc.co.uk/page/Teams/PlayerProfile/0,,10278%7E19453,00.htmlhttp://www.nufc.co.uk/page/Teams/PlayerProfile/0,,10278%7E54643,00.htmlhttp://www.nufc.co.uk/page/Teams/PlayerProfile/0,,10278%7E44710,00.htmlhttp://www.nufc.co.uk/page/Teams/PlayerProfile/0,,10278%7E29564,00.htmlhttp://www.nufc.co.uk/page/Teams/PlayerProfile/0,,10278%7E58196,00.html 
    Midfieldershttp://www.nufc.co.uk/page/Teams/PlayerProfile/0,,10278%7E14912,00.htmlhttp://www.nufc.co.uk/page/Teams/PlayerProfile/0,,10278%7E41088,00.htmlhttp://www.nufc.co.uk/page/Teams/PlayerProfile/0,,10278%7E39124,00.htmlhttp://www.nufc.co.uk/page/Teams/PlayerProfile/0,,10278%7E41840,00.htmlhttp://www.nufc.co.uk/page/Teams/PlayerProfile/0,,10278%7E45882,00.htmlhttp://www.nufc.co.uk/page/Teams/PlayerProfile/0,,10278%7E70217,00.htmlhttp://www.nufc.co.uk/page/Teams/PlayerProfile/0,,10278%7E38404,00.htmlhttp://www.nufc.co.uk/page/Teams/PlayerProfile/0,,10278%7E51171,00.htmlhttp://www.nufc.co.uk/page/Teams/PlayerProfile/0,,10278%7E44277,00.htmlhttp://www.nufc.co.uk/page/Teams/PlayerProfile/0,,10278%7E37705,00.html 
    Forwardshttp://www.nufc.co.uk/page/Teams/PlayerProfile/0,,10278%7E40907,00.htmlhttp://www.nufc.co.uk/page/Teams/PlayerProfile/0,,10278%7E40862,00.htmlhttp://www.nufc.co.uk/page/Teams/PlayerProfile/0,,10278%7E65290,00.htmlhttp://www.nufc.co.uk/page/Teams/PlayerProfile/0,,10278%7E39962,00.htmlhttp://www.nufc.co.uk/page/Teams/PlayerProfile/0,,10278%7E55678,00.htmlhttp://www.nufc.co.uk/page/Teams/PlayerProfile/0,,10278%7E46107,00.html

  • No Brainer

    Carver for North Korea
    muppet

  • No Brainer

    amacdee likelylad I see only the need for a CH
    B

  • vbhgft

    SimonM68 Demented_Man Who? Santon? He DID play in the FA Cup!

  • vbhgft

    Very odd how Santon’s girlfriend seems to be spouting much of the rhetoric that clogs up NUFC website message boards and then, guess what, her post disappears! Account hacking is highly probable here. I can’t imagine many WAGS blathering on about how Ashley is cheating the fans etc etc. Surely she should be too busy counting her own sizeable fortune?

    Secondly, Santon was no bloody good and put in several witless displays. Man City at home in 2012-13 and Sunderland last year spring to mind. He played left back yet never, and I mean NEVER, crossed with his left foot. He was embarrassingly predictable and so easy for full backs to deal with. Yet, as with so many others, he gets sold and gets lionised to a ludicrous extent that you begin to think yourself that maybe he was the world beater so many say. Then you jolt back to reality and think “no, he was shite”.

  • NatTurner

    amacdee If we had a full squad and then unloaded Santon we are no longer full.

  • Hughie

    likelylad Sorry kid, but if you read most of my posts there are many positives–Santon out is a positive, and Pardew out, a Geordie MD a Geordie head coach is all very good news for those of us who have attended SJP through thick and thin over 50 years. I’d like to add Graham Carr as a plus, but the verdict is on hold, possibly because a fair proportion of  the players he has turned up were mishandled by the aforesaid Pardew, or possibly because they were never going to make it in the PL? Try to say something remotely intelligent when you post next time eh, rather than slagging off fellow fans?

  • amacdee

    vbhgft You’re either very stupid or a plant. Judging by the second paragraph I’d suggest its the latter.

  • amacdee

    NatTurner Yup thats why I mentioned it ! We have neither a full squad nor a quality squad whereas likelylad seems to think otherwise.
    25 players of whom 10 are PL quality

  • amacdee

    mrkgw His reign hasnt been a total disaster for him and his shitey company though. That’s all he’s bothered about. Like Rangers we are just vehicles for his Shlte Direct brand.

  • amacdee

    No Brainer Twas a quote from his GF, take it up with her you grumpy muppet ;-)

  • gmtoon

    The Bar Newcastle Airport

    “Hiya Daveed just to let y’ knaa me Mam’s coming wirrus us, wait til the girlies hit Milan!, ah cannit gaan withoot me Mam, wa besties y’knaa”
    “Eh ciao babes wadda ya mean your Mamma, mamma mia, peeps donta drinka lika dat in Milan, issa the child okay”
     “Whey aye, the bairn’s just here, MAM MAM where’s the bairn?”
    “Do you want us to bring y’ summthin from Greggs?
    “Ello Ello issa breakin uppa”
    “Daveed can y’ hear us”
    “Ello Ello nathin oh well”

  • Carver for North Korea

    vbhgft A$$HOLE

  • Carver for North Korea

    amacdee vbhgft he`s the resident Moron

  • vbhgft

    amacdee vbhgft So you rated Santon,did you? Did you watch the games I mentioned? Probably not.

    Seems like you’re the stupid one. He was an average player at best.

    No doubt you’ll be bemoaning the loss of Vuckic and Bigiramana next, as they were “world class” too.

  • vbhgft

    amacdee vbhgft I am a plant? You come on here day after day slagging off the team you claim to support and I am a plant?

  • Karl Armstrong

    I hope her Italian is better than her English

  • amacdee

    vbhgft I rarely slag off the “team” as you suggest. Except when those team members are letting the rest of them down. 
    However I reserve my major criticism for a regime that puts everything and anything before the feelings of the fans. Money is at the root of all that Fatman holds dear, passion for the club is non existent. Apart from the desire to ensure that NUFC stays in the cash rich Premier league and keeps his tatty retail company in the headlines.

    When did fans start accepting that the wellbeing of a retail chain was more important than the future of this once great club ?