10th or better for Newcastle players to land bonuses

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NEWCASTLE United’s players and staff will be quids in – if the club finishes 10th or higher in the Premier League.

Director of football Joe Kinnear has disclosed the bonus scheme in place for employees in the match programme for today’s home game against Norwich City.

Last season’s season would have paid out had the team finished 12th or higher.

As it was, Newcastle ended the campaign in 16th place.

Kinnear made reference to the scheme after praising the squad for “magnificent” wins over Tottenham and Chelsea.

“While supporters see the togetherness on the pitch they rarely see the great unity that exists in all other areas of the club,” wrote Kinnear.

“I want to emphasise this by making reference to the bonus scheme agreed at the beginning of the season, which for this season will only pay out if the team finishes in 10th place or higher.

“Everyone who works here has bought into this concept. Me, the football staff including the manager, the directors and all the eligible administrative staff employed at Newcastle United – we are all together.

“What has been especially pleasing is the willingness of the players to sign up to the same scheme as our employees.

“Last season, our players would have received a bonus for a 12th-place finish or higher. You might think that after the season we had last year, there may have been some reluctance to raising the bar this season, but the exact opposite is true.

“A group, led by captain Fabricio Coloccini and other senior players on behalf of the whole squad, agreed unanimously to a tougher target.

“For that I want to sincerely thank them. I’m delighted with their positive mindset and their belief in their ability as a squad.”