Dave Posted April 18, 2009 Share Posted April 18, 2009 http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/sport/270361/WISE-MEN-FACE-AXE.html NEWCASTLE are ready to ditch the three flops Dennis Wise persuaded the club to splash out £21million on last year. Fabricio Coloccini, Jonas Gutierrez and Xisco are all out of St James' Park once the season ends. Wise, who was axed as director of football when Alan Shearer arrived this month, was behind the deals - signings which led to Kevin Keegan quitting as boss in September. Toon owner Mike Ashley is also getting rid of technical co-ordinator Jeff Vetere and chief scout Lil Fuccillo. Argentine defender Coloccini, 27, cost £10.5m from Deportivo but has been dropped by new boss Shearer. Fellow Argie Gutierrez, 26, was supposed to be free but Ashley ended up paying £5m for the midfielder. And striker Xisco, 22, has started just three Premier League games since his £5.7m switch from Depo. The Toon can only expect to recoup a fraction of the money they coughed up for the trio. Ashley also had to shell out over £1.5m to get rid of Wise. The exits of Vetere and Fuccillo are part of plans to clear the decks for Shearer. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1171775/Shearer-just-10m-kitty-stays-Newcastle-season.html?ITO=1490 Alan Shearer will be handed a transfer budget of just £10million if he decides to stay on as manager of Newcastle United after his stint in temporary charge finishes at the end of the season. The club's financial plight will force the former Gallowgate hero to choose between using his heart or his head when deciding whether to continue. Although publicly Shearer insists nothing has been decided, a source underlined the task awaiting whoever fills the St James' Park job next season. Shearer said: 'There are still people working for those particular targets. I think it would be wrong of the club not to do that. 'I'm sure we'll put our ideas across and see what happens. But that part of the club is still working.' Multi-millionaire owner Mike Ashley is hoping to persuade Shearer to stay on but is unwilling to pour any more substantial funds into the club he would still sell if the right offer came along. Newcastle shelled out an astonishing multi-million pound to land Argentina central defender Fabricio Coloccini and £14.5m for Kevin Nolan's transfer fee and contract when he moved from Bolton. Apart from the two articles being hilariously contradictory, can anyone shed any light on the bits in bold? Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
Create an account or sign in to comment
You need to be a member in order to leave a comment
Create an account
Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!Register a new account
Already have an account? Sign in here.Sign In Now