Barton Must Drop Transfer Demands To Get Newcastle Move


The delay in the Joey Barton deal is due to Barton and his lawyers demanding a loyalty bonus of ₤300K because Joey did not ask for a transfer. This delay is starting to look bad for Barton and this impasse must be settled quickly otherwise his move to Newcastle could be put in real jeopardy.

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Joey Barton

Manchester City are saying Barton effectively asked for a transfer when he requested to speak to Newcastle and West Ham when both bid the ₤5.5M that triggered a release clause in his contract. Manchester City believes they are on strong legal ground and even Barton’s legal team are said to want to drop the demand.

A source at City indicated that Alistair Mackintosh, the club’s chief executive, and John Wardle, their Chairman, are ready to fight Barton tooth and nail over this – and even block Barton’s transfer to Newcastle if necessary. The source was quoted as saying:

“City are not going to budge. We think we’re on solid ground with our fans who got sick of Joey a long time ago and are now saying why should their club be asked to pay for one of its best players to leave,”

This cannot drag on too much longer because Newcastle fans – already somewhat unhappy by the signing of bad boy Barton – do not want this aired in public – which will show just how fed up the Manchester City management and fans have become with Joey Barton. He has already accepted at least ₤10,000 a week less from Newcastle than West Ham were willing to offer – so money it seems is not the prime motivator for him.

Joey should drop these demands quickly – before Newcastle starts to have second thoughts about the move.

That’s our view on this – what do you think?
Comments welcome.



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10 comments so far

  • craig chisholm

    Jun 10, 2007 at 5:00 AM

    Comment #1

    i think that barton is a class player in terms of ability. without a doubt. on the pitch he will be relentless in the pursuit of winning us games. he will not pull out of 50 -50 tackles, ever.
    unfortunatley, the man appears to be a complete knobber. i have no idea if this is going to turn into an inspirational signing or a complete balls up.

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  • Brian

    Jun 10, 2007 at 5:50 AM

    Comment #2

    Barton needs to drop this quickly, there will already be a lot of Newcastle fans opposed to his move to the Toon, this will only give them more ammunition to use against him. In footballers terms 300,000.00 is not a great deal of money.

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  • jon

    Jun 10, 2007 at 6:02 AM

    Comment #3

    i agree with man city and their fans-hes being greedy he should be happy at his new chance given what he done-hes lucky he isnt out in the cold and out of a job the greedy prick-nufc fan here too!

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  • phil

    Jun 10, 2007 at 6:20 AM

    Comment #4

    i can’t help but feel this is going to be a bad signing. the lad is obviously a fantastic player and exactly what we need on the pitch. but the very last thing this club needs is another tosser (bowyer, dyer, bramble, bellamy) who is going to cause more trouble for us

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  • Ahmed Bilal

    Jun 10, 2007 at 6:23 AM

    Comment #5

    I think this is all rumor-mongering. This sort of talk also happened during the Ashley Cole – Gallas swap last summer. I doubt that Barton is that big an idiot, or that he needs the money.

    The delay could be because of the Barton-Dabo situation, or it could be for any other reason. This one doesn’t make sense.

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  • Phil

    Jun 10, 2007 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #6

    I agree Ahmed if he was that bothered about the money he would of went to WH. Unless he is doing it on principal as it is only 5 weeks wages for him, would you leave your job and not take severance pay if you were entiteled?

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  • Arthur Prince

    Jun 10, 2007 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #7

    I do hope it ghets sorted quickly . Looks like BSA will have to talk to JB and smooth things so the transfer goes ahead PDQ. I am glad Ahmed thinks it is rumour -mongering as he seems to have his finger on the pulse . BSA has other things to sort out rather than poss lose his first signing to legal wranglings . Ed -do you know what is happening here ?

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 10, 2007 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #8

    Arthur – no I don’t – but if it is the loyalty thing he should drop it quickly. My gut feel is that it will get sorted out very quickly – once Barton and his lawyers read the Sunday newspapers and see all the bad press.

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  • matt w

    Jun 10, 2007 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #9

    i really think Barton is a great footballer. he has the ability to put the ball in the back of the net so can contribute goals from midfield which is something us newc fans havnt seen for a good few years. i know he has a lot of ‘rage’ issues but if there is someone to calm him down its got to be BIG Sam!

    i do hope your right Ed, and that Bqarton just drops it and moves on with his life. hes got enough bad press from the media, and this is like adding coal to the flames…. hurry up and become part of the TOON Joey

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  • LewDavies

    Jun 10, 2007 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #10

    I’m surprissed fat fred and big sam aren’t involved in sorting this one out. It doesn’t all add up though, 300k is not a lot of money and to possibly lose his move to nufc is just not worth it.
    Hope it all gets sorted out this week

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