Allardyce Forces Parker Out – Barton Moves In

Very strange news being reported today that Scott Parker. Newcastle’s captain doesn’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 – but that doesn’t seem to be the case.  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.”   “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 very committed player for Newcastle even if last season wasn’t his best at Newcastle. Barton of course comes with a terrible record of anger and woe from Manchester City – who seem only too willing to dump him. 

Why would Allardyce want to bring Barton is for our captain Parker – who doesn’t seem to want to leave?   We don’t quite understand this one unless Allardyce sees something in Barton that we don’t. The moves are scheduled to go through today – but this will puzzle a lot of  Newcastle fans.


Joey Barton

Newcastle are insisting on protecting themselves by including a clause in the Barton contract,  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 ₤5.5M with Parker’s move to West Ham being for around ₤7.5M. So it looks like 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 – but this seems a very strange and odd move by Allardyce – especially it being his first official move in the transfer market for Newcastle.

We are puzzled by this – please let us have your opinions and analysis of this one.

17 comments so far


    Jun 4, 2007 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #1


  • Soren

    Jun 4, 2007 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #2

    Clearly if Parker doesn’t want to leave we should keep him. He’s a good player and a fighter. If he stays, I maybe think his captaincy has taken a little dent, I mean, if Sam doesn’t truely belive in him. Maybe it’s too late to keep him. Sad though because he is commited player.

  • Aaron D

    Jun 4, 2007 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #3

    This story comes out about Parker wanting to stay a day after he’s argees personal terms with West Ham for aparentely £72,000 a week. It’s probably so that he doesn’t get booed as much when he returns to St.James next year and that he doesn’t get tagged judas. This story could of come out weeks ago, seems strange to me too!!

    I still don’t think Barton is the right replacement either i’ll give me till January before his first bust-up, on the other hand he might want to prove him self, cause if he has problems again at NUFC then no one will want him.

  • Brian

    Jun 4, 2007 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Barton is a shouter on and off the pitch, thats something we were lacking last season, probably a better all round player than Parker, scores more goals.

    Lets see if a new opportunity for him will help calm him down, if any one can manage him it has to be Sam.

    Its a good deal for us.

  • gordon

    Jun 4, 2007 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #5

    It amazes me that the blogs are puzzled by this have they not been paying attention for the last 2 seasons.

  • Ross G

    Jun 4, 2007 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #6

    As i have mentioned before Im gutted Parker is going, and now he seems not willing its even more frustrating. One major talking point in this however is that it signals Mike Ashley’s imminent takeover and ambition. Why would Parker suddenly want to stay, and why would Barton join us over West Ham and Everton with one being in the money and the other being in Europe respectively. It shows that assurances have been made to the players that we have the money and ambition to win something. As Barton mentined inan interview on Skysports he wants to win trophies and thats where he will go. I must say I laughed when it seemed today that Newcastle had won the race as we haven’t won a trophy for years. All I can say to this is Mike Ashley has told of his ambitions to Sam who has mimicked them to incoming players as well as the likes of Owen and other current players. This would answer the cry to stay by Parker and the sudden choice by Barton to come when yesterday he was stating his possibility of staying at City. I have hope that we may retain Parker and get Barton although hugely unlikely. Barton is however a better offensive player. He scores more and again I liken him to Gerrard and has a huge passion. Again I think Sam will change our side into a 433. I still think Anelka may arrive as he played well off Davies on the left. This would then allow us to play Owen/Dyer/Martins on the right upfront and this would mean we would sell on of our major strikers e.g. Owen/Martins. Sam liked two more holding midfielders with one advanced with Campo and Speed behind Nolan. This can be repeated with Emre and Butt holding deeper behind Barton. Or if Gudjohnsen arrives Butt and Barton behind Gudjohnsen with Viduka the target and Anelka on the left, Owen on the Right.

  • Andy B

    Jun 4, 2007 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #7

    Parker was woefully short of form last season, his second touch was often a tackle trying to win back the ball – I also think that it was quite obvious he & Butt can’t play in the same midfield

    As for Barton – a lot of players have ‘baggage’ – it’s up to the manager to get them to perform on the pitch – Barton is certainly a firey character but with Nicky Butt providing some maturity I can see them forming a great partnership

  • aviluck

    Jun 4, 2007 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #8

    For a player like Barton, £5.5m is a bit risky. Nevertheless he is a better player than Parker. It remains to be seen whether he has the same commitment like Parker.

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  • Len Smith

    Jun 4, 2007 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #10

    Ross, sounds like a side that would get results. What would we do with our large collection of wingers then?

  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Jun 4, 2007 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #11

    Anelka! I bloody hope Le Sulk is not coming to Newcastle! I believe BSA should go for younger players as the majority we have been linked to have been over 27.

  • Ross G

    Jun 4, 2007 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #12

    Our wingers will stay maybe Duff will eventually move on, but they will provide another option of 442. I still think there will be one shock exit on the cards (Not including owen or martins). Not sure if that is Duff, Solano, Milner, However if the takeover occurs I have reason to believe we will add some fanatastic additions although we will have to wait to see these. Our links to older, cheaper or free agents shouldn’t disgruntle the fans as it is well known we have a very weak squad. These players will come in to provide competition and back-up unless they perform incredibly and so they will start. It think sam will bring 3/4 CB, 2LB, 1RB, 1/2CM, 2 ST, and maybe a winger. Dont be surprised to see an older keeper come ona free also.

  • Cathal

    Jun 4, 2007 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #13

    keep parker, barton is going to jail anyway!

  • Steve

    Jun 4, 2007 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #14

    It’s quite obviously for cash – if newcastle force the sale then we are obliged to give a percentage of transfer fee / and possibly part of his current contract however we don’t need to pay him a thing if he orchestrates the move himself!

  • david-the blackinthemagpie

    Jun 4, 2007 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #15

    Barton the great

    Since i have been a long term admirer of Joey Barton over the past two years, I am jubilant that he is heading towards the Toon Army. My fellow toons, who are hesitant over Barton- i recall a comment made by another toon on the BBC.CO.UK forum remember a very outspoken battleaxe leaving Notingham Forest to Man Utd 14 or so years ago…

    no doubt Barton has disciplinary problems, we now have a manager who fears no players, and will excomunicate any that does so no matter how high or low ( you listening Owen, your a professional among prima donnas). his football qualities are also not in doubt, he is a hardman, Gerrard who i pay the most respect to in the English game in my judgment could never intimidate Barton, i feel on only a few can, and they dont play in the premiership. he can drive a team forward, he is dedicated a born leader, and from his comments one can see he is hungry (my toon fans we need hungry players, not dandies like Dyer et al though i hope we keep dyer)and i think barton let every one at the City staduim know how he felt, and this is one reason he may have clashed with some. he is ambitious, we have an ambitious manager who also is not easy to intimidate.

    Barton we be a major force, linking up with quality players such as Martin and Owen and emre, Barton will make a midfield fearsome, noone likes to play against him.

    I m sorry for Parker, he is a solid and dependable player, but i would be lying if isaid he has a star that separates him from the rest. but Barton does and we should be thankful that finally we gona have General in midfield who iam sure will run a whip across the newcastle team

    I was sining Filipe Scolari….but sam is our man and he is impressing me so far- do let us down sam

  • OLLY

    Jun 4, 2007 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #16


  • J.

    Jun 13, 2007 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #17

    Barton Is The Most Underrated Player In The Premiership !! Look What He Brings To The M.City Midfield. His Tackles, Commitment, Work Rate And Passion You Can’t Fault. Maybe He Does Have A Temper, But That Make Him The Player He Is. He’s Proved He Can Perform At A Higher Level, With His Performance In His 1st Game For England, And Him Still Being Young, Has Time To Improve, Whereas Parker Has Reached His Peak, And Will Very Soon Start Going Downhill. Imagine Emre & Barton, Linking Up With Martins, Viduka & Owen…Big Sam Knows What He’s Doing 😉


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