Newcastle United staff and players have reportedly been promised bonuses if they finish in the top ten.
The Chronicle has reported the extra incentive John Carver and Newcastle United have for finishing in the top ten by the end of the season.
The paper claims Mike Ashley will reward Carver, his backroom staff and the playing squad with bonuses if they stay in the top half of the Premier League.
Carver should sense an opportunity not just from a personal financial point of view, but in terms of the club’s aims.
If Newcastle can quickly consolidate in the top half, there’s no reason why they can’t attack the Europa League qualification places looking ahead to the spring.
Table positions are arguably more important than ever before because of the higher amount of prize money clubs receive for the best possible finish.
Ashley will also be keen for a top ten finish because it strengthens the club’s position in terms of their commercial sponsorship contracts, potentially allowing them to reorganise agreements if they secure European football.
However, for now the priority will be to get back into the top ten and stay there for the rest of the season.