Allardyce Seen Willing to Swap Skipper Parker for Barton

We reported yesterday that West Ham United had made an offer of £8.5M for Scott Parker. With West Ham just avoiding relegation last season Alan Curbishley is rebuilding the team and has always admired the ability of Scott.

He sees him as an excellent acquisition and Parker spent 7 years with Curbishley during his formative years.

Since Reo-Coker is likely to move on – Scott could well be West Ham’s captain next season.


Skipper Scott Parker

Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce seems ready to change the midfield he inherited – as well as building a new defense before the season starts in earnest in August.

Parker, who is currently recovering from a hernia operation, had a rather difficult season at Newcastle and even came in for some criticism from some Newcastle fans.

Curbishley is obviously on the look-out for a new midfielder with Nigel Reo-Coker expected to move on after handing in a transfer request.

It would have been hard to imagine a year ago – after Parker’s tremendous first season – and then being made captain – that he could be leaving Newcastle one year later. Scott has appeared 73 times for Newcastle with 70 starts and six goals – and quite honestly we will be sad to see him go – if indeed this deal goes through.

Newcastle have been reported for several days to be lining up a move for Manchester City’s Joey Barton as a probable replacement for Parker – as Sam Allardyce obviously will continue his policy of getting the best out of players with less than stellar reputations.

Newcastle fans are certainly wary of Barton – given some of the nonsense we had to withstand from the likes of Dyer, Bowyer and Bellamy during Bobby Robson’s reign at the club.


Joey Barton

The deal depends on Newcastle coming up with the full fee up front (£5.5M) – but we don’t see that as being a problem.

If Sam Allardyce wants to take a chance on Barton he will be backed by the club – but no doubt the fans will be concerned about Barton’s past behavior – and will wonder if this is a sensible buy for Allardyce – so early in his tenure.

However, Big Sam has never let this stand in his way and his excellent handling of El-Hadji Diouf at Bolton stands him in good stead in his ability to deal with Barton.


Dabo after Barton Confrontation

Joey Barton is a good player – there’s no doubt about that – and he will only get better at Newcastle – so it seems like a good move – at least for him.

But we all know he has a history of violent behavior and late last season was suspended when he had a confrontation with his team mate Dabo on the training pitch – and Dabo was incapacitated as Barton punched him several times.

If he plays well at Newcastle the fans will soon get behind him – as long as he is willing to completely curtail his aggressive tendencies – both on the training pitch and on the playing field.

He has already been given several chances at Manchester City – who seem to have tired of his antics – and put him on sale at a cut price deal.

This seems a dangerous move for Big Sam early in his manager role at Newcastle – but I suppose we have to trust him – but Barton must be given zero tolerance at Newcastle for any return of his vicious behavior.

Comments on this story are welcome.

21 comments so far

  • kev

    May 31, 2007 at 6:34 AM

    Comment #1

    I think Barton will be a great signing and is someone who i’ve always like the look of. Although he does have history behind him, you just need to look at the sale of Bellamy which was supposed to unify and improve the team but did it work? Players like this need a manager of Allardyce’s ability in sorting them out. If Roeder was still in the job, he would have been walked all over as some of the players did with apperent good attitudes, Allardyce won’t let this happen.

  • James

    May 31, 2007 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #2

    Allardyce will get barton playing at a high standard and with controlling his temperment and will be a great signing. Parker has done nothing memerable for newcastle so i say goodbye,unless we can get a west ham player in the deal let him go.

  • GraemeR

    May 31, 2007 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #3

    Barton has TOO MUCH BAGGAGE – although 8.5 for Parker seems a good bit of business for once.

    The midfield does seem to be in need of a tune up – last year we never really bossed a match from midfield and there is definetly a lack of creativity. On paper (yeah yeah the games played on grass) they should be capable of giving anyone a game yet that is not the case – was it lack of motivation, tactics or just the general malaise seeping through the club? I would like to think that SA can get rid of the motivational and tactical problems and the imminent departure of the Fat One will certainly give the club a lift.

    Barton – No Way
    Parker 8.5 – Yes Please

  • GraemeR

    May 31, 2007 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #4


    What WHU are you thinking of? Reo Coker / Ferdinand ? I would not want eitrher of them at SJP – they are both fully paid up members of the Bling Brigade who think they are bigger than the club – even though they contributed to a very poor season for WHU.

  • James

    May 31, 2007 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #5

    I was thinking of Lucas Niell or maybe even Dean Ashton in some sort of a swap deal because we need a shearer player upfront with either owen or martins.What do u think??I rekon Big Sam could control barton anyway.

  • GraemeR

    May 31, 2007 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #6

    Definetly would go for Ashton – Lucas Neil possibly.

    I still have my doubts about anyones ability to curtail Bartons aggression – the blokes mental

  • joe

    May 31, 2007 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #7

    Barton could force hisway into the England set up under guidance from Big Sam. He’s a strong player and the fans up here will love him. Neill would be a great option as part of the Parker deal. Ashton would be fantastic but can’t see them letting him go. Anyway, Viduka for free seems like a great deal!

  • George Davison

    May 31, 2007 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #8

    Let Parker go please. Parker is not the kind of player we need up here. Just think back to our season. How often did Parker infuriate us with his inability to release the ball quickly. How often was Parker seen going backwards and then trying to find a team mate. And what made it worse was the fact he could have made a perfectly good pass strait away but his delays lost any advantage we may have had. Was it not noticable that when Nicky Butt was in the same role, we did play a lot better on those few occaisions, because he had vision, something that Parker seems to lack.
    If i have one worry at this moment it is that i would not like to see Joey Barton here. We need players who are going to stay on the field not end up in an early bath or in this case in a police cell. Do we really need players with such bad reputations.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 31, 2007 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #9

    James – the news is that Allardyce is trying to get Lucas Neil as part of a swap deal for Parker – but quite a few other clubs are after him – also Aston Villa are in for Barton.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 31, 2007 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #10

    GraemeR – think you could be right – it takes a second for Barton to blow up in some situation – and he’ll be in deep trouble.

  • Phil P

    May 31, 2007 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #11

    If Sam can curtail Barton’s naughty streak he’ll be fantastic signing at 5.5mil. Ive been impressed by him for the last two seasons, he can boss the midfield, pick his passes and has a good eye for goal too. The big factor is that ‘if’ though, only time will tell. Viduka for nowt seems good too, could it get the smoggies relegated? 😀

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  • joel gledhill

    May 31, 2007 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #13

    i disagree with most of u about j.barton i think he could be a good backbone for the midfield,basically a young nicky butt(when he played for man united).I’ve seen him play he is quite quality,he scores goals,and he is manchester city’s key player.i know he has bad temperments on pitch and off pitch,but thats what we need is just a bit of ruth-ness in the mid-field. thats what most of the fans what to see,some one who doesn’t back out of a challenge and some one who gives the opasition a scare because they know about his tempers.

    write back to say what you think about my paragraph.thankz.

  • joel gledhill

    May 31, 2007 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #14

    is well what does everyone think about mark viduka?

  • Ryan A

    May 31, 2007 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #15

    Dont u think that selling parker is goin to be one of those andy cole mistakes? This man is committed to this club so why let him go? Viduka has a Shearer style of playing and is a very good deal, But we need another big name striker so that we 5 in all. Then try bringin colocini asap, i like his style of playin and boy!! is he one tuf tackler… ben haim, baines, r. carlos and M. salgado are all good buys and availible too…what about giles barnes instead Joey “Dal”ton? And grab that Poyet as well… watch this kid play, he makes soccer looks easy!!

  • Aaron D

    May 31, 2007 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #16

    None of the signing we will be aparently be making are any better than the previous seasons, now we are nearly as rich as Chelsea we need to be making great signings not good ones.

    2006 – Duff, Martins, Onyewu, Rossi, Siberski
    2005- Parker, Emre, Krul, Moore, Luque, Owen, Solano
    2004- Boumsong, Faye, Johnsen, Babayaro, Carr, N’Zogbia,Butt, Kluivert, Milner.

  • Ryan A

    May 31, 2007 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #17

    wat abt scholes n gigges from man u? I dnt think they will be playin coz nani and Owen H. has come..

  • Aaron D

    May 31, 2007 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #18

    We have been rumoured with Giggs before, after the seasons they have had i don’t think they will be left out completely, and i think they would both like to end their careers at Old Trafford too.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 31, 2007 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #19

    aaron D – we also need to Big Sam a chance – he obviously has pointed to what he thinks are weaknesses in our current lineup. He will also have a lot more players it seems – so he can swap and change – and we don’t have too many games next year with not being in Europe. Let’s give him any benefit of the doubt – but he knows we have to do very well before Xmas.
    As always we’ll have to see – but he’s making a lot more changes than we thought he’d make.

  • James

    May 31, 2007 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #20

    7 million 4 parker is not 2 bad,I say we bid arond 5 mil and give them parker for ashton

  • Evan

    May 31, 2007 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #21

    Alright. I do not want to see Parker leave. I don’t know if any of you forgot, but this guy is ecstatic to be playing for Newcastle. He is completely committed to the club and has tremendous potential, even at his age. Let’s not forget that he won the PFA Young Player’s Award just three years ago. Further, as good a talent as Barton may be, he has a track record of going bonkers. This wasn’t one incident, but more than one. Sure, he was playing under Stuart Pearce, but I don’t think he will be intimidated by Sam Allardyce. The biggest consequences for Barton will be not playing and possibly a fine if another bust-up occurred at Newcastle. Do you really think this wasn’t going through his mind when he smacked Ousmane Dabo? He knew he wasn’t going to play after that, and he didn’t give a damn. What makes you think he’ll give a damn with Sam Allardyce in charge? It;’s unfortunate that such a talent had to be coupled with such a temperament. If BS is willing to take the risk in selling Scott Parker for a psychotic Joey Barton, who could potentially ruin the mood in the lockerroom, then I question his tactics for bring success back to St. James’ Park.


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