Sam Allardyce is hopeful Joey Barton’s move to Newcastle will go through in the next couple of days. Joey chose to sign for Newcastle earlier this week without even talking to West Ham United â€“ who were also interested. Sam talked about Barton’s transfer and his past boorish behavior yesterday.
A Smiling Confident Big Sam
Sam talked yesterday to SkySports about Barton’s move:
“I think it’s nearly there. We were hoping it was going to be completed – it’s not quite there yet,”
“So maybe in the next couple of days we’ll clinch that to add to what would be a very, very good week.”
We agree there â€“ itâ€™s been a really good week and fans have been impressed with the speed and persuasive powers BSA has shown. He obviously has the respect of the players and that will be a big draw as Newcastle attempt to attract top class players to the club.
Joey Barton also impressed Newcastle fans when it was revealed he had agreed terms with Newcastle at least â‚¤10,000/week less than what West Ham were offering. That augers well for Joey’s future at Newcastle.
Of course Barton coming to Newcastle has caused some dismay with some fans â€“ because of his past behavior â€“ both on and off the field. Sam addressed this yesterday to SkySports as follows:
“He’s got a little bit of baggage off the field, yes. I think he admits that himself.”
“In my time at Bolton, we had lots of people come with that sort of reputation but have found that, with a little bit of gentle care and handling, hopefully he’ll mature and we’ll see the last of those disturbances.”
Wonder what Sam means by gentle care and handling?
Weâ€™ll see how Barton does â€“ time will tell – but itâ€™s starting to look like Joey is very keen to make his Newcastle career a huge success â€“ both for him and for Newcastle.
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