Report: Newcastle players' wages won't reduce if they're relegated

Clauses haven't been put into players' contracts that would see their wages reduced if the side is relegated to the Championship, a report suggests.

Newcastle United's players will not see their wages reduced if they lose their Premier League status, according to a report in The Times.

The paper reports that new signings Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend are on contracts worth around £50,000 per week and their wages - along with others at the club - will not be reduced due to the lack of clauses in the event of the side's relegation from the Premier League.

Last night's defeat to Everton means that Steve McClaren's side remain right in the thick of relegation trouble - two points adrift from safety with 14 games of the campaign remaining. 

The report cites that fellow relegation strugglers and North East rivals Sunderland have made several signings in the transfer window but have included such clauses in the contract of their players, and also that Newcastle did a similar thing in 2009 and haven't learned the lesson from it. 

Fortunately for the side they managed to bounce straight back from that relegation and win the Championship comfortably the next season.

Of course, the simple way of preventing this becoming a real issue is if Newcastle do enough in the closing stages of the season to beat the drop but it would be interesting to see what happens in terms of personnel if they were to be relegated - whether the wage bill would be too much for them to cope with or if some of the big earners depart and are given offers to play in the top flight.

One thing is for sure, it is a risky approach from the club's hierachy.

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