Very strange news being reported today that Scott Parker. Newcastleâ€™s captain doesnâ€™t want to leave Tyneside for West Ham – and wants to remain at the club as club captain. This is a surprise because we had thought that Scott and/or his wife wanted to return to their London base â€“ but that doesnâ€™t seem to be the case.Â This all seems very strange to us.
Skipper Scott Parker
This is what the Journal reported a source close to the player – as saying:
“Scott wants to stay at Newcastle but he doesn’t feel as though the club want to keep him.”Â Â “He had a few problems with some sections of the club’s supporters recently but he was keen to come back and prove them wrong next season rather than leave.
He was not the only player frustrated by what happened last season and he wanted to put things right. He was the club captain and it hurt him to receive abuse from his own fans. However, Scott is not a quitter and he was excited by Sam Allardyce’s arrival and what it meant for the team.
But he feels the club is making it difficult for him to stay because they already have a replacement lined up.”
His replacement is Joey Barton and the two characters couldn’t be so different. Scott is a veryÂ committed player for
Why would Allardyce want to bring Barton is for our captain Parker â€“ who doesnâ€™t seem to want to leave?Â Â We donâ€™t quite understand this one unless Allardyce sees something in Barton that we donâ€™t. The moves are scheduled to go through today â€“ but this will puzzle a lot ofÂ Newcastle fans.
Newcastle are insisting on protecting themselves by including a clause in the Barton contract,Â to protect the club if Barton is charged by police and jailed over his bust-up with Outman Dab late last season. The move is for â‚¤5.5M with Parkerâ€™s move to West Ham being for around â‚¤7.5M. So it looks likeÂ Barton will arrive as Scott Parker departs St. James’ Park
It was inevitable that Barton was on his way out of Manchester because of his disciplinary problems â€“ but this seems a very strange and odd move by Allardyce â€“ especially it being his first official move in the transfer market for Newcastle.
We are puzzled by this â€“ please let us have your opinions and analysis of this one.