Date: 13th September 2017 at 10:01am
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We saw some twisted logic in the papers the other day in that Mike Ashley allegedly offered a £20m bonus to the players if the club won The FA Cup.

Aside from the initial thoughts that it was another PR effort from Keith Bishop and co or that if £20m was actually spent on the squad then chances of actually doing so would increase, it still left the fact that the bonus issue was unresolved.

Today sees clarification that the bonus sheet has been signed off with most of the media including our local Chronicle and Shields Gazette saying it’s sorted after Ashley phoned Jamaal Lascelles to sort it once and for all.

True or not, it just continues to show that aside from Ashley, the rest of his ‘generals’ are a waste of space as more often than not, if it’s not Ashley getting involved to seal a transfer deal sharpish, it’s stuff like this although most of us still have the ideology that it’s Ashley’s final say that puts a spanner in the works anyway.

As it is though, it’s said that the players have agreed on a £4m kitty to be shared if they avoid relegation by finishing 17th. Each place above that which sees the club earn £2m per place, sees the players share half.

This means for example, us finishing 10th would see the club earn £22m prize money but in a new bonus deal it would be £11m each. 9th would see £12m each and so on with a top 4 spot being worth £17m each.

Doing a Leicester would see £20m into the player’s fund. Not bad at all if it’s true.