Was Booing Simpson The Right Thing To Do?

Last updated : 09 April 2018 By Footy Mad - Editor

The section of Newcastle fans who booed Danny Simpson on Saturday should perhaps look at the facts behind the player leaving in 2013.

The Magpies offered the right-back a new contract at the end of the 2012/13 campaign, but Simpson opted to move to Championship QPR instead.

He was the lowest paid player in the squad by miles earning less than half the wages of Gabriel Obertan, Mathieu Debuchy, Sylvain Marveaux, Yoan Gouffran, Vurnon Anita and Davide Santon and a fifth of the big earners like Demba Ba.

Image result for Danny Simpson NewcastleAfter achieving promotion with the west London club, Simpson then joined Leicester City and has since won the Premier League and played in the Champions League with the Foxes.

As a result, Simpson is adamant he made the correct move five years ago.

“I left the club and went and won the league so... I do understand the reaction,” Simpson said.

“I left that club when I turned down a contract and left on a free. It turned out OK for me but I understand it from their point of view.

“At the same time I played nearly 140 games for them and gave it my best. For the last I don’t know how many years I was part of a team that was successful for them.

“We finished fifth and reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League. It didn’t go too bad. I left and made the decision, and it was the right one.”


Simpson believes Newcastle’s defensive organisation prevented the Foxes from claiming a positive result, despite Jamie Vardy’s late consolation goal.

“I think we knew what kind of team we were up against,” the 31-year-old added.

“It was pretty much 11 defenders and they pretty much win the ball back, hit the long ball and that was the first goal. We didn’t start the greatest.

“The lads kept going but I think when they have 11 behind the ball and you are 1-0 down against a team like that it is difficult to get chances and break them down.”

Leicester fans were adamant the Foxes should have been awarded a penalty when Paul Dummett appeared to trip Riyad Mahrez in the area during the first half, even if replays suggest the Newcastle defender got a slight touch on the ball.

But Simpson is convinced a spot kick should have been awarded - and he believes that would have changed the course of the game, too.

“That is the thing. That is a penalty and it is 1-1 and it changes the game. They have to come out. The whole game changes,” Simpson said of the incident.

“I think you see straight away we didn’t get it and it give them a lift. If it goes 1-1 the game changes and they have to come at us.

“I didn’t speak to him [referee Stuart Attwell], but he knows and he would have known at half-time.

“But he has a linesman who is 20 yards away from it. They are a team so if he couldn’t see it then he has to ask his linesman.

“The decisions are the decisions and you have to move on from that and try to get back into the game.”