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Pienaar's Contract

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Okay, so the window is now closed and it has been, even by our high standards, a low-key end to the window ? and that's saying something. Now that it is shut, I would like to particularly focus on Pienaar and "will he, won't he" sign a new contract?

A few things that need to be discussed.

  1. Everton have made him a great offer, if we are to believe reports of £60k per week. However great this offer may be, I feel we may need to go another £5-10k per week to get the deal signed. I personally think that Pienaar is worth this as I class him in our Top 3 Players along with Arteta and Fellaini. Also, it is his last contract and if we can get him signed long-term it will settle him and we will get the best years of Pienaar's footballing career gracing the pitch each and every other week at Goodison Park.
  2. The alternative. Well, this is for Mr Kenwright to dig in his heels not stump up the extra let's say £10k per week and Pienaar gets offered let's say £100k per week and signs a pre-contract agreement in January with for example Spurs.
Look I know people talk about loyalty and all that but those days are gone. Do we really think, that as much as we all love Arteta, that he would have signed on for any less that the whopping £75k per week he is now getting?

Now the extra £10k per week would work out at £2.6M over 5 years... which, don't get me wrong, is a lot of money. The alternative, however, is to lose an asset worth £12-15M and get nothing but a Thank You card when he leaves for reserecting his career that had gone to shit in Germany.

Bill, stump up the bloody cash, for god's sake! It makes sense thinking with the heart and the head.
Brian Murphy, Dublin     Posted 02/09/2010 at 11:52:47

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Sam Hoare
1   Posted 02/09/2010 at 14:54:16

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I concur. When you think about much it would cost to replace a man who was last years player of the season surely the differential is worth it.

If Arteta is on £75k then i should think Stevie P feels entitled to at least £65k.
Chris Cook
2   Posted 02/09/2010 at 15:01:22

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With Yobo gone, surely we can add atleast 20k from his wages extra
Nick Entwistle
3   Posted 02/09/2010 at 15:06:27

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Arteta is a better player and has put in the years. Pienaar is in the second pool of quality players (actually I think Arteta is the only one in the first pool, perhaps with Saha) and shouldn't be on the same... not yet.

To be fair though to Everton, they're sticking to their guns and probably don't want another situation where Campbell and Ferguson both on £40k per week sapped the club of money for a long time.
Not saying Pienaar's performances will be on their intermitant level, but you pay what you can afford.
Anthony Hughes
4   Posted 02/09/2010 at 15:21:49

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I know it might be cutting off your nose etc....but i say fuck him, good player there's no doubt but as an attacking midfielder i don't think he's even in double figures for goals since he come here and that isn't good enough to justify any more money than what is an extremely good offer. Let him fuck off to Spurs and be Luca Modric's understudy and see how he likes keeping the bench warm each week.
Andy Mack
5   Posted 02/09/2010 at 15:21:38

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Since we haven't already sold him, we may as well up the wages and try to get him signed on a long term, even if we then turn around and play the same game and sell him next xfer window.

Although maybe the players and agents mind is already planning on how to spend that fat signing on fee he'll get if he leaves for nothing at the end of the season.

Having said that, the long term lucrative contracts we've given to Arteta and Saha haven't exactly upped their game.
Chris Keightley
6   Posted 02/09/2010 at 15:47:07

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Pienaar, an asset worth £12-15M, worth £100k a week! I stopped reading at that point. £60k/wk was a great offer from a club who have supported him and shown faith in him and got him into a position where he could be linked with a big money move. I say if he doesn't sign soon, say goodbye for £6-7M in January. We only paid £2M for him, good return if you ask me!!!
James Cadwaladr
7   Posted 02/09/2010 at 15:50:59

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£60k a week for Pienaar if he doesnt want to accept it after what we have done for his career he can go and swivel as far as Im concerned. Why should he have parity with Arteta?

He isnt as good and he never will be. I also dont think that the problem is the money i think its the length of contract on offer. It may be worth offering the extra year, learn from our mistake this time round and get him sold for a nominal fee i.e. 2-3m which will be his worth at that age.

Solution - offer the same wages, 12 months longer, sell him with 18 months left for whatever his value is. This way we make some money back and are not going to spend any more like we would by giving him more dough every week.
Franny Porter
8   Posted 02/09/2010 at 15:54:11

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Its a difficult one this, on one hand its good to have principles and tell him to like it or lump it as we wont be held to ransom. On the other hand, if we have no money now and not likely to have any soon, arent we cutting of our own noses to spite our faces.

You could look at it like, if we where to buy another player, to replace him, of equal qulaity, would the selling club let us buy him for 10k a week installments? I doubt it...
Terry Hayes
9   Posted 02/09/2010 at 15:58:19

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The day I believe that any footballer is worth £60k a week is the day I'll take up knitting... Diabolical money.
Joseph Hand
10   Posted 02/09/2010 at 16:01:59

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it would be an absolute catastrophe if Pienaar were to leave Everton for nothing on a free transfer next summer. We would be left with a massive hole in our side and a severe lack of creativity. And we wouldn't have a penny available in order to replace him.

I say give him what he wants now, whether that be £75k per week or not. Then, in the summer, offload him for £12-15M so that we don't have to pay his silly wages next season. And use the money to replace him with a younger player who is in their early 20s and more than happy to earn £40k a week max.
Ciarán McGlone
11   Posted 02/09/2010 at 16:06:23

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Arteta has been consistently good throughout his career. Pienaar has been very inconsistent in his time here... and it could be argued that he only played well once it was contract time.

Personally I think he's already decided to run it down...
Chris Stewart
12   Posted 02/09/2010 at 16:26:29

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Terry Hayes #9 -

Nail. Head.

Couldn't agree more.
Gary Hegarty
13   Posted 02/09/2010 at 16:32:22

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Agree with Ciaran on this one - the lad seems to have decided that he fancies a change and only came out with his "fair" statement when contract or transfer talks were quiet to get himself heard again.
Good player undoubtedly but one who has drifting nowhere until rescued and if £3m per year aint enough to survive then let him fleece someone else.
How many games has he single handedly taken control of?? You can count them on....well.....a single hand.
Paul Smiith
14   Posted 02/09/2010 at 16:41:24

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What we all seem to be forgetting here is that come January, he can sign a pre contract agreement and leave for nothing......who in their right mind will stump up £5/6m for a player they can have for nothing 6 months later. I'm afraid its offer him a bit more and he signs or we will get nothing for him.
Gavin Ramejkis
15   Posted 02/09/2010 at 16:43:22

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He can only sign a pre-contract with a European team come January not someone like Spurs. The club should be playing hardball though and make the contract a take it or leave it shot, if he doesn't sign it we transfer list him in January. No player is greater than the team and letting parasitic agents dictate terms will set a dangerous precedent. The very same thing appears to have happened at the skunks, Taylor is reportedly on 40k a week but his slime the one and only Stretford is demanding 60k a week which would break their new pay structure. As he is still at the skunks the posturing of Stretford claiming to be able to get him what he wants there or elsewhere appears to be complete bollocks. Pienaar's agent played the same game and no one came in for him.
Craig Taylor
16   Posted 02/09/2010 at 17:02:55

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If the offer reported is true, its a bloody good one. Its a lot more than he is getting at the moment, and every week he doesn't sign it he is losing out!

He was quality last season, but he has done a number of consistent seasons like Arteta and Cahill to warrent their status.

If he wants to go else where for more money then fine, but I think he is actually easily replaced.

Do not get me wrong, I would like him to stay, but not if he is going to drain as much as he can out of the club.

Craig Taylor
17   Posted 02/09/2010 at 17:07:04

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Sorry that was meant to say ...but he HASN'T done a number of consistent seasons..........
Ian Sephton
18   Posted 02/09/2010 at 17:19:20

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If he signs a new contract and we then sell him against his wishes for a hefty fee, are we not obliged to pay up his remaining contract?

I thought this was the reason why Johnson and Lescott weren't allowed to leave until they had formally handed in a transfer request, therefore relinquishing any claims to their remaining contracts.

Barry Johnson
19   Posted 02/09/2010 at 17:43:22

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The South African newspapers say he is holding out for £75k per week. Is he really worth that much?
Jeremy Benson
20   Posted 02/09/2010 at 17:39:57

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Why should we up our offer?

The transfer window closing has told us (and likely him) one thing - no-one actually wanted him enough to bid a decent, acceptable, transfer amount (thats being kind - there may not have been any firm offer at all, just media speculation).

He didn't have the best of World Cups, and to be frank, he has been pretty average in his Everton career so far save for the last dozen or so games last season (we've all seen that before....). People seem to be forgetting that. He hasn't set the world (or even the Premier League) alight.

Don't get me wrong ? I don't want to lose Pienaar. But up till recently, he was very firmly behind Arteta in fans creative midfield pecking list.

It could of course be, people might argue, that shrewd clubs (or player) are waiting for the end of contract for a free move. But that's pretty rare to be honest ? the very best players there's too much competition to risk losing to another club.

No, I think the reality is that it's been a discerning, and quiet transfer window; clubs spent all the tv money a couple of seasons ago, are now raising finance to cover themselves to the next lot, and that puts us in a strong position to retain Pienaar for a reasonable amount.
Andy Burke
21   Posted 02/09/2010 at 17:12:53

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Can't agree with your more Brian.

Personally, I don't know why people seem to have a bee in their bonnet about this Pienaar contract issue.

I don't think we should do it for all players but for him, if he want's £70K, then give him it. Like it has been said, the worst case scenario is that we sell him next year for a decent fee rather than have him go on a free.

In relation to these comments about a £60K a week offer, does anybody know that this is the case?

Erm, let me see..........Oh of course not. Therefore, the majority of the comments above are pure conjecture.

Finally, Pienaar inconsistent?! WTF? I often wonder if people see the same game as me. After a short time settling in, for me at least, he has been one of most consistent and better players.

Anthony Fox
22   Posted 02/09/2010 at 18:46:24

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I think the papers suggested he was offered £50k a week but wants £60k.. Yobo was probably on £50k and he couldnt even get in the 21-man squad!!! I think we should offer a little more and get the man then concentrate on football. If it doesn't work out then sell him for £8m plus... What are we waiting for???
Jeremy Benson
23   Posted 02/09/2010 at 18:56:31

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How are we going to sell him for £8m+?

The transfer window has closed.

My understanding is that when a player is within the final year (I think its 6 months or so before the end) of his contract, he is able to sign a pre-agreement with another club for a free transfer at the end of it - and thats what players are doing now. That would mean in the Jan transfer window, he'll be pretty much able to sign for a club for free.

No-one is going to pay £8m for him then.
Chris Sillett
24   Posted 02/09/2010 at 19:24:56

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Moyes should've dragged Pienaar and his agent into his office the day after the final match last season and told them "This is our offer, you have had ample time to consider it, it isn't going to be improved, so are you going to sign it: Yes or No?"

Obviously the answer would of been 'No' so from that moment on he should've been transfer listed for a REALISTIC amount, not these ludicrous claims of £15 million + you see and hear. Nobody (ok maybe Man City) is going to pay over the odds for a player with only 12 months remaining on his contract, foreign clubs can even agree a deal to get him for nothing the following summer in January!

The money raised from his sale could've been spent on a player who would've been signed up on a four year contract with wages matching Pienaar's current salary. Now it looks more and more likely we will lose Pienaar for nothing and can anyone honestly see Mr Kenwright providing enough money to find an adequate replacement?

I think it's another case of Moyes's stubborn approach to transfers, similar to the Lescott fiasco, which i thought he handled poorly.

Jamie Tulacz
25   Posted 02/09/2010 at 19:47:42

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Terry (#9) exactly! Someone summed it up well a while back by saying that he could pay my mortgage off in a couple of weeks with that sort of money!
Andy Crooks
26   Posted 02/09/2010 at 20:11:23

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At present we have in Arteta one world class player at the club. Rodwell might be another. Pienaar? Has the world gone mad? His career was going nowhere before Everton. If he is arguing (how do we know?) that £60k a is not enough, then take a stand and leave him in the reserves. I wish he was a fraction as good as he believes he is.
Craig Taylor
27   Posted 02/09/2010 at 20:22:10

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Andy (#21) Can I just highlight that my point on consistency is on a season by season basis not game by game.

Sure he was very consistent last season but he hasn't done it for us for more than this one season (Yet!).

NB to editors, any chance we can have a bold, underline facilty in order to make things a bit more clearer for people?
Michael Kenrick
Editorial Team
28   Posted 02/09/2010 at 20:27:16

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Craig, you can use letter codes b and u in the so-called HyperText Marrkup Language (HTML) to do the following: for [b]bold[/b] and [u]underline[/u] ? but use angle brackets instead of square brackets ? and you get bold or underline. Simples!
Rob Murphy
29   Posted 02/09/2010 at 20:48:36

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I've been saying it all summer, the fucker couldn't pass the ball to a blue shirt until his contract was up for discussion, then he's player of the season. Fuck him. Good player ? yes; irreplaceable ? no.
Brian Williams
30   Posted 02/09/2010 at 21:04:06

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Joseph (No.10)..I think that's a brilliant idea (financially) if we COULD offload him for that sort of cash!

That to me would show to one and all that the club is bigger than any one player!

It would also show that we have someone shrewd doing the thinking in the club too!!!
Craig Bellew
31   Posted 02/09/2010 at 21:01:13

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Jeremy post 20 - absolutely spot on. As far as I'm concerned if he doesn't sign what's on offer, then let him go.

For him to hold the club to ransom is scandalous and shouldnt be allowed. IMO he has affected games on a far to infrequent basis and for him to be holding out for more money should not be tolerated.

I like him as a player and think if his mind is in the right place, then he can be a world beater, but that mind right scenario is never forthcoming on a CONSISTENT basis.

I had hoped we would've cashed in, in the summer window, but we have now made a rod for our own back and will have to let him see out the remainder of his contract, cos let's face it, he aint going to sign a new contract thats been on the table for some time now.

We have seen the best of him in a blue shirt and the sooner we realise he is going for nothing in Jan or the following summer, the less we will see these threads, because no matter what WE SAY, he is going and we can then push on with what is best for OUR CLUB !!
Peter Laing
32   Posted 02/09/2010 at 21:34:56

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Ok, for argument's sake, Pienaar holds the club to ransom and gets his purported £75k per week and parity with the Club's top earner, Mikel Arteta. Everton have now set a precedent, we pay Mikel £75k per week, we pay Pienaar his proposed £75k wage demand.

All of a sudden, David Moyes has a queue outside his office: Fellaini, Heitinga, Cahill and any other player wanting to up the ante and break the Club's wage structure.

I was led to believe that Heitinga signed last season for £60k per week and he was then the Club's biggest earner. My personal opinion is that Arteta had to be given top dollar given the fact that in the eyes of everyone connected with the Club including the player's is the 'main-man'.

Unfortunately for Everton, we simply do not have the financial resources to be offering Pienaar that kind of money, and to be frank if he can't live on £60k per week given his background and impoverished upbringing then he needs to find a Club who is willing to pay what he is demanding.

David Crowe
33   Posted 02/09/2010 at 21:42:22

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Might not be the money that's putting him and his agent off. I can see it being a security clause on it that the club has put in place to ensure they can't lose him easily and I can see that gobshite of an agent not liking that at all.
Anthony Fox
34   Posted 02/09/2010 at 21:45:24

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Jeremy 23 ? I did mean if we give him a contract now but if it doesn't really work out long term with him on £60k then we can sell him £8M+ next summer or when the window opens.
Larry Boner
35   Posted 02/09/2010 at 23:24:32

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Everton broke the bank to get Cahill, Baines, Rodwell and Arteta signed to extended contracts, I think this is why we have spent zilch in this transfer window. They have even forced out Yobo to save his wages, even though it leaves us short at CB.

Moyes has stated that he will let Pienaar run down his contract rather than sell him and that is what has happened. I can't see Pienaar being on more than £20k/wk at the moment, if he is holding out for a 5-year contract @ an extra £50k/wk, that would cost Everton a cool £20M over the length of his contract, not counting bonuses.

He will be 29 in March 2011, 3 years later he will be virtually worthless on the transfer market. I would rather he had been sold as soon as the market opened up, but, typical Everton we do nothing until too late.
Save the money and use it to try and get someone like Marco Marin, or N'Zogbia, who was asking for £25k less per week, of Birmingham and who is only 24.

Jimmy Hacking
36   Posted 03/09/2010 at 00:10:58

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I have never rated Pienaar particularly highly. I don't think he deserves more than about £40k a week in the current climate. I certainly don't consider him to be one of the top 20 midfielders in the Prem, which is how he clearly sees himself with his silly demands.

Three inconsistent seasons, one good (over-rated) one... hmmm... reminds me of certain pint-sized Hull reject.
Eric Myles
37   Posted 03/09/2010 at 02:10:41

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To all those who are saying he isn't really that good.
Who was our Player of the Season last season?
Who was the only creative player on the field when Arteta was injured?
Who will we look to when Arteta gets injured again?
What would we do without him and no replacement bought 'cos he walked on a Bosman?
Chad Schofield
38   Posted 03/09/2010 at 01:40:33

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larry how did you arrive at £50k a week extra over 5 years coming to £20m? 50,000 x 52 = 2,600,000 x 5 = £13,000,000.

Now I am not trying to justify footballers' salaries. I do think at an educated guess though that Pieneaar is likely to be more on around £40k a week. Again this sounds like, no it is, an obscene amount of money... But in relation to his profession it is not. For 99.999% of us on here it is more money than we earn, but we are (most likely) not professional footballers. The average wage in the UK is about £25k a year... Now to some of us on here that will be much more than we earn a year, whilst other people are going to see that as a percentage of their annual earnings.

I really don't want to patronize, but you receive what is deemed appropriate to your skill set. Now before we get onto ethics of how people are remunerated, I would like to add that my fiancee is a children's nurse and after a number of years doing so, earns less than the average annual salary, for treating kids with cancer (i'm seriously not sick enough to make this shit up just to make a point). I earn more than that, for a far less deserving job, but remain below the Higher tax threshold... Just in case people begin to think I'm bragging.

So effectively Pieneaar earns more than my annual salary every week. Yes, it's sickening. He's had an option to take near enough our annual household income as a wage for playing football, each and every week for the next x years and yet it has not been a satisfactory offer... What a greedy fuck, right?

But let's just base the figures on average wages a minute. So let's pretend young Stephen (I appreciate I'm in grave danger of the whole patronizing thing here) works at some The Office-style job, he's worked his way up and is on £25k plus the odd bonus but at 28 years old wants to start putting some money aside... Oops! hold on, his professional career's going end at max realistically in the next 7 years, he has a maximum five year contract offer so really let's base this on a guy in his late 50's... But he's also not just some young buck, no, no he's pretty high up the food chain, so average salary? Really?

And while he's been with his current employer and claims to like it there, he's on £25k p.a while he's just heard that some clown in the blue corner of Manchester is receiving FIVE TIMES that amount - for doing the same job!!! But they're a flash in the pan company who've achieved fuck all, so why worry about them... <>P>I mean the company Stephen's at came in the top four in their regional sales figures not so long ago, shame about the nationals, and had a decent product launch 2 years back but got pipped at the post by a rival multi-national... but at least they're normally in the top 50% of companies for that area.

However, Sandra from accounts let slip that one of his team members (albeit one that's been at the company longer) is on close to twice his wage. He knows the company are fairly frugal, but there's lots of other companies who are readily investing and prepared to pay more than the average wage for someone with his skillset.

It's your last big payday before you retire from the career that you've done since being a child. Do you stick with what is still probably an average salary overall for your job title, or do you go to a company that will give you a big golden hello plus double or triple your salary?

Elgin Joshua
39   Posted 03/09/2010 at 03:14:24

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Know I will be in for some slack here. But honestly, yes Mikel is very good but how often has he changed the game for us too?

I don't think the current squad has anyone who can really change the game as an individual. Not Mikel, not Pienaar and certainly not Timmy. Our success is down to teamwork. The Pienaar ? Baines combination has been our main source of supply last season.

So I really think it is not fair to compare individuals and determine who should get more here.

As for Pienaar holding out for more, it's understandable. He's not getting any younger, and it's a short career. It's a "how much am I worth to you now" question that only BK can decide.
Tommy Gibbons
40   Posted 03/09/2010 at 05:28:13

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To Chad (#38), What a load of bollocks fella! The average waged person (£25k) earns appx £1m in a 40-year working life. A number of us will earn less than that; a few a bit more than that. Pienaar and his ilk earn that (at £30k per week) in 33 weeks... That's 33 fuckin weeks... and you're going on about his last big pay day! Please, give it a rest over how much we pay these players while the rest of us live in the real world.
Garry Martin
41   Posted 03/09/2010 at 06:28:17

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What if Spurs dont get through to the knock out stages of CL, they will probably be looking to reducing the squad size.........what then Mr Pienaar ?
Mike Gwyer
42   Posted 03/09/2010 at 07:56:23

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Personally I don't think it's the weekly pay that holding everything up. With Pienaar now able to go on a free he will be expecting a signing on fee of somewhere between 1 and 3 million pounds, so going forward, Everton will have to include this payment to make him to stay.

Boo him, why bother, he's too minted!!!
Neil Vaughan
43   Posted 03/09/2010 at 08:48:52

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Brian... you're kidding yourself if you believe that ANY club anywhere in the world is going to offer Pienaar £100k a week... no chance

It looks obvious that he will leave in the January window...Personally I think he should remeber where he was before we signed him ? Borussia Dortmund RESERVES.

The offer he has been made is a great one... so sign or Fuck Off, I say.
Tony J Williams
44   Posted 03/09/2010 at 08:55:50

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Chad, one last big pay day!!.....yeah the multi millionnaire Stephen Pienaar really needs those extra pennies doesn't he?

I mean he has a new Ferrari to buy doesn't he?

Footballers (and their slimy agents) are amongst the greediest bar stewards ever. Yes, they have a skill... but no-one, and I mean absolutely no-one, can justify the scandalous amounts being paid to footballers today. Even the shittty benchwarmers are on more a week than I am on a year.

Greedy bar steward should takes his deal of £60k (if this is true) and live in the lap of luxury until he dies and then pass his remaining millions to his kids (if he accepts they are his and hasn't battered the mother or been pissed up when driving and killed them) Imagine that? A team standing by a player they could easily have sacked but now he wants mo' money
Chad Schofield
45   Posted 03/09/2010 at 07:10:16

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Tommy, I appreciate that he's not going to starve to death, but rather than looking at the precise figures I was trying to make the point that he is currently on an average wage for his profession at the level he applies that trade. Arteta's on (if figures used are correct) double his money, Frank Lampard four times his money and Toure from Man City on five times that. Teams suchas Villa and Tottenham are paying their top players more than we do and many of their average players receive more than Pienaar's asking for.

Pienaar himself does not decide that what the going rate is for a footballer in the EPL is. Yes, the figures are obscene but comparing what we earn in comparison is a bit like holding third world country wages at $2 a day (roughly £40 a month... £480 p.a) up in comparison.

Operah Winfrey's got a reported personal worth of something like $2,400,000,000 (or 2.4 billion), Carlos Slim Helu overtook Bill Gates as the richest person, according to Forbes, with $53.5 billion. Sports star wise look at Tiger woods, baseball and basketball stars.

I'm not trying to justify anyone's earnings or the disparity of wealth... But people saying he's only worth this or that, have probably never dealt with that sort of money ? which for that matter I haven't either.

Ronan Mathews
46   Posted 03/09/2010 at 09:31:56

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Why didn't we sell Yak? It would've freed up money for these sorts of situations. JB and Saha are first choice strikers.
David Hallwood
47   Posted 03/09/2010 at 09:22:24

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Peter Laing 32# has got it spot on with what is going to happen now the wage structure has been broken. Not only Fellanin, Heitinger, but all of them will be wanting a rise, and even if it only equates to 1k a player(yeah right) this is a 20k pw that the club has to find or a million a year, with no corresponding rise in income streams.

The debate about whether we should pay Pienaar x,y or z misses the point of can this business afford or absorb these extra costs, and judging by the lack of transfer activiety the answer seems to be no.
Oiver Molloy
48   Posted 03/09/2010 at 09:33:12

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Pienaar's agent will already know what he can get him from the likes of Spurs.
The game is all about money guys as we know,and the more money any agent can get for their client the more they make!
It's like selling your house,normally you sell to the highest bidder.
No-one knows what he has been offered,but its obvious it isn't enough.

And Chris POST 24..

If Moyes hadn't have dug his heels in with Lescott we would have got £9million less for him than mc orginally offered.
I mean £24million for Lescott,what a fantastic piece of business!
Andy Burke
49   Posted 03/09/2010 at 09:59:00

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I am with you on this one but bloody hell, (#38) what a post! :)

I agree with everybody that footballers are on an obscene amount of money but to me, this is not the point here. The point is that looking around at the market, Pienaar believes he is worth more.

What should he do. Go back to the club and say, 'oh. actually, I have just realised that this 40k a week you pay me is an obscene amount of money so I want you to reduce my wage to about 5k a week, which is more than enough for anybody. In fact, you know what balls to this, I will play for Everton for free because I bleed blue blood and really owe the fans my life. Also, in addition I would really like to give back about 3 million 'cause it's just sat in the bank, I can't possibly spend it.'

Does that sound reasonable? It seems like some of you wouldn't be happy unless that was his offer.
Anthony Hughes
50   Posted 03/09/2010 at 10:38:13

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Andy it doesn't matter what a player thinks he's worth it matters what the club thinks he's worth. I'm sure some of them think they're worth 100k a week or more but that doesn't mean we should pay them that.

He's had a fucking good offer which Everton believe suits a player of his standard, he's a good player but he's not in the top tier of elite midfielders in the Premiership.
Danny Broderick
51   Posted 03/09/2010 at 10:53:45

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But can we afford to let him go? If he goes, it would cost us £10 mil to replace him. If he stays, that is £10 mil we won't have to spend (money which we don't have anyway). So even if we have to sump up more than we would like, surely on that basis alone it is worth doing?
Also, his partnership with Baines is our main attacking threat - if this is broken Moyes will have to pull a rabbit out of the hat, because I don't see the likes of Billy stepping up to replace him...
We will be worse off if he goes. When Lescott went, the money offered ensured we were not worse off. This time round, we won't be getting anything and will be considerably worse off...
Nick Wall
52   Posted 03/09/2010 at 11:02:31

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He's going to be with us for many months yet. Circumstances can change in that time, attitudes can change. Moyes's main priority should be doing everything he can to win our next six games. If that doesn't act as an incentive for Pienaar to sign, nothing will.
Lee Smith
53   Posted 03/09/2010 at 10:39:13

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As I often say to my mates when we discuss this topic, you are only worth as much as your employer is prepared to pay you. If there are employers out there willing to pay suitably qualified and skilled people such large sums of money to kick a call about then that is their business. It's an obscene amount (compared to the 'normal' world) I know, but private businesses can say their employees what the hell they want. That's not to say I won't be laughing my arse off the next time one of these clubs spending way beyond their means go under!
Oiver Molloy
54   Posted 03/09/2010 at 11:10:11

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Anthony 50....,
What is the good offer then?I believe when mc offered £15m for Lescott that was an amazing offer and so did everyone else!,but Moyes dug his heels in and got another £9m. if you get me!
Pienaar has been one of our better players,and he's a typical Moyes player in that he works his socks off for the team,that type of player is hard to find.
You can not blame the guy for getting the best deal he can.
Lets compare Cahill with him.would he worth the the same wage as he's on,assuming that would be at the top end of the clubs wage structure.
What do you reckon?
Chad Schofield
55   Posted 03/09/2010 at 11:03:01

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It does matter what the player thinks he's worth, otherwise an agreement would have been reached. IF he signs now, and it's a big if, he's kissing goodbye to a lump sum that he'd receive from moving on next Summer.

I'd love an Audi R8, but I can't afford the £80,000 base price tag. It doesn't matter how much I stomp my feet and complain that it's an obscene amount of money for a car - that's what it costs. The fact a Bugatti Veyron costs ten times that of the R8 is irrelevant as I can only afford something around a quarter of the R8's value (which some may argue is a waste of money anyway).

Anyway, I'm going to stop writing about this now as I think I sound like a sanctimonious prick who's borderline revealing a bit too much about my personal life - too much whiskey and not enough sleep.
Anthony Hughes
56   Posted 03/09/2010 at 11:57:19

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I think working your socks off for the team should be an absolute basic requirment of any player before we even start talking about other skills. As for Cahill, he has scored over 50 goals in his time at our club, many of them important and match winning goals, so whatever he's getting paid i'm sure he's worth it, how many times can we say that about Pienaar whose goal return isn't good enough. I don't want to look like a Pienaar hater because i'm not, i rate him as a player just not as highly as he rates himself
Oiver Molloy
57   Posted 03/09/2010 at 12:15:14

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Anthony 56:
How highly does he rate himself Anthony? This is my point. You are assuming because Moyes said "He's been made a very good offer" that this must be true.
Anthony Hughes
58   Posted 03/09/2010 at 12:28:20

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Oliver, so you think Moyes is telling porkies and we haven't made him very good offer, are we calling our manager a liar and Piennar and his agent are innocent parties just trying to earn a few bob extra? We all know what footballers and their agents can be like.
Lee Kidd
59   Posted 03/09/2010 at 12:41:20

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I'll pin my colours to the mast - Pienaar has had one actual good season for us and a few average ones bordering on outright poor. For the most part in a blue shirt he's looked flashy, but ran down blind alleys, lost possession and had very little end product, scoring nowhere near the amount of goals a truly classy midfielder would get in the Premier League in his position.

Further to that, he's entering the latter end of his career, with three years left at the top level in my opinion. He's worth nowhere near the ludicrous £15m bandied about even if he had five years left on a contract.

If he leaves for nothing, the only thing I'd be upset about is not receiving a fee for him. As far as losing him, it won't be that much of a concern for me. Tying up the Arteta contract was 1000% more important to Everton.

If he does sign, I'll still hold the exact same opinion of him - a slightly above average player who should count himself extremely lucky to be earning anything close to £50'000.
Guy Rogers
60   Posted 03/09/2010 at 12:59:03

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** Chris Sillett 24

Yes definately right, you either go that way or Moyes must feel that there is a greater than lets say 70% chance of Piennar not signing a pre contract agreement with Spurs in Dec and re-sgining with us (but how would that be possible why would we suddenly make an increaded offer then, that we have not been able to do so far). If he was to do that then he will be booed form pillar to post pre christmas which means we would have had him for say 3 another months...which makes the decison not to do what Chris Steele says above an absolute shocker!!! You know spurs will make him an offer just to piss us off!!!
Oiver Molloy
61   Posted 03/09/2010 at 13:10:22

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Anthony, 58...

No, Anthony, I'm not saying Moyes is telling porkies, but it's obvious both parties do not agree.

I am simply stating that Pienaar has every right to try and get the best deal he can from the club, just like Moyes did with Man City for Lescott and there were many punters that believed the original offer was a very good one!

It's all about opinions but, until we hear what the club is offering, no-one can really say it's a very good offer. I think any footballer who is earning £5k a week is a very lucky one, but that's not the point is it?

Michael Kenrick
62   Posted 03/09/2010 at 14:06:45

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For god's sake, people... I am fed up of reading this:

He cannot sign a pre-contract agreement WITH SPURS in January! It has to be a foreign team.
Tony J Williams
63   Posted 03/09/2010 at 14:30:51

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Amen Mr Kenrick
Oiver Molloy
64   Posted 03/09/2010 at 15:12:33

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Micheal 62..
He can sign for us though !,
Ronan Mathews
65   Posted 03/09/2010 at 15:20:35

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It seems Pienaar will not leave on a free. After the Lescott saga, Everton will know how they are going to try to manage this and it looks like he's not going to be sold.

With Yobo gone, some money might be put into Pienaar staying, but the whole thing seems a risky business. The club is relying on Moyes's skill of playing these transfer games.

Once again, why didn't we sell Yak?!?! Whether he is or is not still at his peak or fit doesn't matter to me, seeing as he is a third choice striker! We would have pocketed £6mil or so and then there would be no problems with Pienaar, Arteta..... Plus, if something does happen e.g another Pienaar wants more money, we can deal with that. Along the line that extra bit of money might just help to bring a Donovan.....

Dean Adams
66   Posted 03/09/2010 at 19:09:34

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So lets pretend that by late December we have reached the later stages of the League cup and are in the top four. What kind of prick will Pienaar feel like knowing that as it stands, nobody else was willing to pay a fee for him and he has showed no loyalty to the manager who saved his career?

Great player he is not, but a reasonably hard worker he is on occasion, but again not always hence the Villa goal.
It may be that we only offer him a 3 year deal and he wants 4 or 5!

Larry Boner
67   Posted 03/09/2010 at 23:19:20

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Chad, £75k over 5 years is just shy of £20m, sorry if I did not explain myself very well, but his contract would be £20m, then add on his win/draw bonuses etc.
Much though I like Pienaar, thinks are now getting out of hand, we will be putting the club on the very edge of oblivion if we carry on like this, as our business acumen is zero.
We could have sold 3 players during the window, Yakubu, Yobo and Pienaar, plus other lesser lights, as Liverpool did, its called wheeling and dealing, I think, but we did fuck all as per usual, even if we had garnered only £10m from these three players we could have brought someone in (Donovan ?) and saved on 3 players wages.
Instead we find ourselves behind the 8 ball, Yakubu not playing, Yobo gone for nothing and Pienaar playing out time while his agent organises a free transfer for him, while we pay him his £20 - 30000/wk.
Eric Myles
68   Posted 04/09/2010 at 01:54:32

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Michael, he might not be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with a Premiership side in January, but he can still transfer to one in the summer.
Eric Myles
69   Posted 04/09/2010 at 02:07:37

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Chad #38.
I understand what you're saying. In my line of work people don't get out of bed for 25k a year and I have mates that earn that sort of money in a month. Not me mind but I'm always looking for a transfer to someone that will pay me that, much like Pienaar.
Ronan Mathews
70   Posted 04/09/2010 at 03:32:44

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Larry #67 - Spot on. The club has the attitude that this is our year for something to happen. They want every player to stay, even Yak?! I agree that it is just around the corner from something big but we can still improve.
We still need a right back, winger (coleman looks exciting but too young) and a striker (since louis is always injured). If we gathered 6mil or so for Yak, a couple more for Yobo, we would be sitting on something at least like 9mil. With that money we can then set Pienaar straight, or BK or Moyes can put in a bit more for a Donovan, Remy......

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