A few words of advice for Danny Simpson

Heading out of NUFC?
So Danny Simpson has taken to the press to reaffirm his commitment to Newcastle and state that he doesn’t want to leave the club.

He says that he would willingly sign a new deal and would be happy to stay, providing he reached parity with some of the other NUFC stars.

Now I can see Simpson’s point to an extent. He’s been a virtual ever-present since he arrived on loan from Manchester United in our Championship season. He then earned a permanent move to Tyneside, has made the right-back spot his own and has been a big part of our success since relegation although how much of his success has been due to the fact he is our ONLY real option at right-back is up for discussion.

The question is what sort of parity he is looking for? Is he looking for parity with the likes of Fabricio Coloccini? Or is he looking for parity with the likes of Steven Taylor? Of course we don’t know what parity would be however and any speculation would be purely guesswork given the fact that player wages are no longer public knowledge at St James’ Park.

If you go by rumours, Simpson has been offered somewhere in the region of £25,000 a week in wages. He signed with us for £10,000 a week which was raised to £15,000 a week after promotion. Essentially what he has been offered is, rather amazingly despite the huge wage packets of some players, the average Premier League salary.

Now I’m not saying he is greedy for wanting the best for himself as, in all walks of life, it is essentially what we all try and do. However he should keep in mind the words of Derek Llambias who said just a few weeks ago something along the lines of “our first offer is very close to what our final offer will be,” which should at least be considered by Simpson right now.

Opinion on Simpson is split. Some believe he is really good, and the stats from this season prove that, while other believe he has creases in his game which need ironing out. I’m in the latter camp in truth, but whilst I do acknowledge he has played a part for us I also don’t think he is irreplaceable by any stretch of the imagination.

All in all it will sort itself out one way or the other over the summer. Either he’ll sign a new deal or leave the club and we’ve seen before that the club are not afraid of being ruthless.

If Simpson tries to play hard ball there will only be one winner, and I wholeheartedly believe that Simpson will end up regretting it in the long run.

This one is going to run for a while yet…

About toonsy

A lifelong Newcastle fan and current webmaster of this very 'blog who has the sole aim of creating a place by Newcastle United fans, for Newcastle United fans.

110 thoughts on “A few words of advice for Danny Simpson

  1. As we don’t have the revunue to compete with some clubs we need tighten up in this area, if simpson gets overpayed then there will be others wanting more, i don’t want him to leave but the risk of losing him may well pay dividends for other negotiations in the long run

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  2. No club should be held to ransom over a player, certainly not one of Danny Simpson’s ilk. I think its fair to say that were he sold, it wouldnt be to any of the teams who finished abvove Newcastle this season. My advice to him… sign the contract, and count yourself lucky you’re being offered one! Right backs aren’t the most difficult to come accross

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  3. Personally I think he is a decent enough FB. However I think and I think the club thinks that there are better RB’s available for the money. I think that the club are offering a decent squad players wage, whilst Simpson is reasonably asking for a starting first team players wage. Personally the club holds the cards here and so I see Simpson leaving, which is a shame, but he has never been fully appreciated by the fans here.

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  4. I hope he stays but “parity” doesn’t exist in football Danny boy, wages vary wildly from player to player. I doubt going to the press is going to get you a higher offer, indeed it’s more likely to get the current “final” offer taken off the table.

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  5. £25k a week…after taxes and agents fees, he’ll take home about £10k a week. £520k a year. And that,I assume, is before bonuses. Poverty must be rife in the Simpson household……

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  6. He’s not good enough for a top four team and that is definitely where we want to be. Not bothered about the wages etc it’s the quality that counts.

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  7. Agree with Rich 😯

    He is in the wrong game if he thinks he is going to get the same wages as his co workers 😕

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  8. A player living off his Man U reputation, if his game had improved since he came to us he would deserve higher wages but he hasnt and doesnt. We can do much better at right back and as history has shown with this board, anyone who fannys on with contract offers is normally out the door.

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  9. i think Simpson is a good player however it wouldn’t be the biggest loss to the squad.

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  10. I have to say,when a player tries on the old pleading poverty routine, it doesn’t garner much sympathy from fans. Danny don’t confuse your paycheck amount with your capabilities… 😎
    You would be on 10k a week if that was the case… average wage for an average player..

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  11. If Rich was paid for his capabilities on the park, he would owe the club around 50k by the end of the season 😆 😆 😆

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  12. Anyone who watched us much last season could see that Simpson and Willo were the weak links. Should have replaced them in January but the club is never going to get everything right and even if we had we’d have probably finished 4th and been the most disappointed supporters in the league!

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  13. Toonsy, another well balanced article mate. I agree with you that it’s unfair to call the lad greedy until we actually know what he’s wanting. To be fair to him, he hasn’t gone to the press saying ‘I want this or I’m gone!’. He has said he wants to stay at Newcastle but I think it’s fair that he would want to be paid as much the other first teamers.
    It’s all well and good working out how much he’d get after tax and suggesting he’s being greedy. When Colo was negotiating his contract he made sure he was still getting enough to fund his orphanage back in Argentina!! Yet the call from the fans then was give him anything he wants!!. Yet with Simmo, it’s ‘we have to be careful coz if we overpay him they’ll all want more’
    I understand Colo is a better player and more important to us, and that Simmo has alot of improving to do, but he’s still young and has potential.
    If he goes he goes, that’s between him and the board. I hope he stays but if he does go, then I think it should be with the best wishes and thanks of the fans coz he has certainly earned his wages this season.

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  14. A marmite player so far as the fans are concerned. Me, I want him to go. Stands off, distribution awful (usually back to Krul), rarely wins a header and can’t even do a decent throw in. Sunderland didn’t want him. Says enough. I should thank him for his contribution and effort though, but not worth £25000. Think the club are being generous.

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  15. To be fair to the lad hes denied knocking back £25k a week, The only people pushing that figure are the rags and ****efactories like talksport.

    He is replaceable but id still like to see him stay and have as little upheaval as possible, I personally think he has improved since we signed him and he was solid last season saving us a fair few points…

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  16. I can empathise with him to be honest. He’s played pretty much every game for us and is currently first choice, and to him he’s an important cog in our wheel, therefore wants similar pay. BUT, I reckon this will drag on until we sign ourselves a better Right Back who’s likely to be first choice, then it’ll be a case of “here’s your competition Danny boy, 25k a week to fight for your place, take it or leave it.” I think he’ll take it, eventually. Remember we had all this drama with Steven Taylor a while back which turned out to be *******. Fan after fan calling him greedy/get rid of him blah blah… Players’ salary negotiations have **** all to do with us anyway, it shouldn’t really concern us as fans. He’ll be an idiot if he goes, yes. But he’s just ‘negotiating’, this is what happens in any business.

    Storm in a teacup. You can tell there’s not much news about. 😀

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  17. Think a 10k bump in wages is a fair offer meself,but if he dont sign cant see him geting any more else were so think he will sign it meself

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  18. Indeed it will Prem. I commented a a few days ago about the ruling. It’s a funny onion. I think we still have 5 or 6 players under 21 in our ’25 man’ squad as it is. The way the rule stands, squads can still have teams with no English players in them and if we keep buying young we could have a 40 man squad before we know it. 😯

    I think our buying policies of buying young foreign players (cheaper than English) makes a lot of financial sense. I would have thought their value can only increase once they become ‘English’ too. It’s not that difficult to fit in with this ruling really, especially with the U21 clause. I don’t think the ruling will bear too much influence on any player we buy who is over 21 either. We’re currently pretty safe I think.

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  19. Toonsy I sort of agree with most of what you say,
    But I can’t believe some of the comments if it wasn’t for Danny boy clearing of the line a few times we wouldn’t be in Europe, but its clear to see that some don’t really think thats good enough.
    Not a bit of wonder he doesn’t go on twitter anymore, as some comments would make you think what da ****s the point, he’s getting called greedy etc and he isn’t worth so much when truth be told no of us know Jack ****.
    Funny it was the same when Saylor wasn’t signing his new contract, he was a greedy bastad that was trying to screw the club to which he had no real loyalties too blah blah blah 👿

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  20. There’s better out there. Our record of signing up gems for between 4-7 million lately means we should be looking for a replacement. One who provides the odd assist an goal preferably…

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  21. Agree with Simpson by the way. From his personal standpoint he must be looking for assurances that he’ll get a game. If they pay him as a first team player that’s a good indication, if they want him cheap it suggests he may spend time bench warming

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  22. I think a lot of squad players come to accept that when their club is playing in Europe though Moreno, bench-warming that is. I think there’ll be a lot more jiggery pokery going on next season with regards to squad rotation. I think the board just want him on the cheap and are testing his resolve, like they did with Saylor.

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  23. Wow a defender that can clear the ball off the line. What an amazing skill set.. Stand on the line and kick the ball if it comes near you.. The boys in my under 8’s are quite good at that also.. Simpson has done a job for us and not much else..

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  24. Could have a few of your boys in our 25 man squad then Aussie, with the U21 ruling. Nationality wouldn’t be an issue. 😉

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  25. We have been here before payingtop wages to average players. He lacks too much in his advanced support play to be regarded as a key player for us and is certainly not a guaranteed starter once we get somebody in to compete for the shirt next season. I think thats why he sat ot the end of the season. Pardew was trying to see if Perchy is good enough to compete for the right back role with a new signing once Simmo is shipped out. Sadly I dont think he is, but with young Fergie ready to step up and Raylor perfectly able to cover, I think we Simmo is very much replaceable this summer and he has believed the hype.

    Would like to see him stay and compete for the shirt, but he’s no more than a very good squad player in my opinion who has the potential for sure, but is a long way off from realising it still. You dont get top whack unless you are the finished article – and he’s not.

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  26. Maybe you are right Rod

    I just don’t rate him highly enough to want to keep him as anything other than second choice. Will he do that? Doubtful as he is a confident lad.

    I think the players like him and he contributes to the good feeling in the dressing room though so he would be fine as second choice

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  27. Rodz, I think that’s a good call, wombats are nicer than kangaroo, higher fat content in the meat.. much better energy food..

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  28. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for wombat steaks then Aussie 😯 😆 …those marsupials sure do have their uses.

    Moreno, I’d agree he’s no world-beater, but he’s a good squad player IMO. If he wants to go to QPR for a starting place in a **** club for marginally more pay then that’s his choice. I rate him higher than Ryan Taylor as a right back.

    At the end of the day I wouldn’t be that arsed if he left, as he’s obviously one of our expendables, but until I see the club buying a better right back, or two, I want him to stay.

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  29. Rodz, you hit the nail on the head “he’s a good squad player”. I don’t want him to leave purely for that fact.. No because he would be a major loss.

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  30. Mark Davies is early 20’s I think Aussie,? Bit more presence and engine than Guthrie, although not as neat on the ball. Would make a tidy addition to the squad and British too 😀 I do think we still need better passing ability amongst our ranks though and Gosling is similar to Davies – so not sure where that leaves him if the latter comes in… ❓

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  31. AMF divnt worry aboot memory loss its through talking to richie as much he has that effect on people 🙂

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  32. I remember him now, didn’t he have an injury for a bit or was that Eagles.. I need to brush up on my bolton players.. actually forget that it won’t happen 🙂

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  33. As for simpson I would like to keep him.

    He is a pretty good player on a very good team. I think we can and should upgrade at RB (or LB, and moving Santon over to the right) but I would like to keep Simpson as cover. He would get plenty of match time with the crowded schedule for next season and gove pards more flexibility in using Perch an Raylor in midfield.

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  34. Troy used to know all the players wages when he used to be Bobby, maybe we should ask him what Simpson is on, he is bound to know 🙂 🙂
    MDS – good man 🙂

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  35. I wish someone would tell all these footballers that there are folk living with pay freezes and redundancy and no job security or no job even. Look I know it’s a short career and they need to make hay whilst the sun shines but bloody hell , they live such charmed lifes . Even with our stingy wages with the right investment and commom sense these lads can be set for life and never have to worry about when the next bill arrives again. To be honest I like all our players but I can’t stand this pay me or I go mentality ,if that’s the case then f off I’m afraid and good luck. Rant over.

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  36. I don’t think Simpson has the quality to justify the extra money. The stats (tell half a story IMO) suggest he is the best RB in the league, so how come England won’t touch him with a barge pole and never have when they are so short of RB’s (there is one in the current squad). Fact is Hodgson would rather play a centre half out of position than Simpson!

    For me the only thing he has going for him is the fact that he plays a lot of games and stays injury free. Without the England call up he is not really in a position to make demands and the only way for him is a step out of the door and downwards. Which is a shame but I think we can do better and already have better RB’s on the books in Santon and in the future James Tavernier.

    So it’s bye bye Simps from me I’m afraid. And yes he will regret the day he leaves NUFC.

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  37. Three hours later and you guys are still discussing Simpson. Honestly he’s not worth it. Let him go!
    Have we signed anyone yet?

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  38. MDS 🙂 nice one, I had forgotten about that, classic..Well off the mark that old rumor:-)

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  39. Simpson said in court when pleading to avoid a driving ban that he would be looking for a new club in the summer and needed his licence, the manager has said he is disappointed that he has turned down a good offer from the club, how does Simpson now say he wants to stay at the club?
    Ever since this contract wrangle came out, his form has gone backwards and he has been playing with a face like a smacked arse, very un professional and I find it very difficult to have any sympathy for him, like Barton, Nolan and Carroll before him, its all bull****, if he really wanted to stay and his heart was in the club, we wouldnt be having this discussion, he would have signed up.

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  40. Batty, Apart from the stadium name malarky, there isn’t a whole heap of stuff to get fired up about at the moment.Just trying to get the juices flowing 🙂 🙂

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  41. Groucho May 22, 2012 at 10:40
    A marmite player so far as the fans are concerned. Me, I want him to go. Stands off, distribution awful (usually back to Krul), rarely wins a header and can’t even do a decent throw in. Sunderland didn’t want him. Says enough. I should thank him for his contribution and effort though, but not worth £25000. Think the club are being generous.’

    Don’t hold back, tell him what you really think. 😀 😆

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