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Newcastle's new regime will slam the door on release clauses in star players' contracts.

 

United are powerless to prevent Michael Owen (left) or Obafemi Martins (right) from leaving Toon in the event of a big-money offer for either player.

 

Martins' departure could be triggered by a bid of £13 million, while Owen's depreciation-based clause is currently worth just over £9 million.

 

And that has seriously upset new manager Sam Allardyce and his long-term planning at St James's Park.

 

But while other United insiders insist release clauses are commonplace in major deals, new deputy chairman Chris Mort has vowed they will no longer be allowed at Newcastle.

 

 

"The guys who brought these players in felt they did what they had to do to get them through the door, so I'm not going to criticise that," said the man now in day to day charge of running the club.

 

"But clearly, going forward, we would prefer not to have those kind of provisions.

 

"But we still aim to have some top players here, as the club always has had."

 

Meanwhile, the mild-mannered Mort has warned he is willing to use power of veto against Allardyce on transfer matters.

 

But the new power behind the United throne also maintained that Big Sam IS seen by billionaire owner Mike Ashley as high profile enough to take the club into a famous new era.

 

Asked if he was willing to say no to Allardyce, Mort added: "Yes, absolutely. If I want to do my job properly.

 

"I'm not going to come in in any confrontational way, but Sam and I are going to work together.

 

"Mike and Sam have met, but I think the relationship will be more through me than them directly.

 

"Sam's clearly going to lead the charge on who the player targets are. He has the skills to do that.

 

"And he has to be given time. I think one of the difficulties the club has had is it's lost some stability over the years. If we can give him some stability, I think that would help him to take the club forward.

 

"Sam is a big enough name to do that."

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