There’s news all over the papers today on how annoyed Sam Allardyce is at Manchester City about the payment of Â£300K Joey Barton thinks is owed to him and Sam has blasted City. This is holding up his transfer which we all thought was complete last week.
Let’s see what Sam said and also let’s play this down a little – some follow-on reports about what this means to the deal seem a huge over-reaction to us.
Allardyce – Furious with Manchester City
This what Allardyce said last night about Manchester City and the Joey Barton deal:
“They are out of order. This is a private matter, a confidential issue that should not have been made public. I’m flabbergasted and want the situation resolved.
“I am just trying as Newcastle manager to secure a player of this kind and quality and the deal has been held up. I cannot understand it because City didn’t pay anything for this player as he came through the youth system and are selling him for over Â£5m.
“It’s not really for me to comment.
That’s probably right not to comment on this but – hey – Sam being Sam – he goes on to comment in any case:
“All I know is that this is a matter for Joey to sort out and I hope it is resolved as it has stopped him putting pen to paper.”
“I found Joey a very bright person who wants to develop his game. He is very positive, well-spoken and focused and wants to win silverware with Newcastle and develop his international career.”
Some reports this morning are saying the deal is in danger and also that West Ham want to come in and trump the deal – and give Joey a much better offer. All this is nonsense and any idea that Sam himself would ditch the deal and go after another midfielder is just not on.
The unfortunate thing is that this may become a drawn out affair – since Barton’s agent Willie McKay has asked the Professional Footballers’ Association to intervene after City dug in their heels. The PFA has been asked to mediate in the case – and let’s hope they can do this quickly. City are saying they will not pay Joey because he asked to interview at Newcastle (and West Ham) – and that is paramount to requesting a transfer.
Isn’t it sad these things cannot be sorted out more quickly.
We can well understand Sam’s frustration – but we’ll just have to be a little patient about Joey – who is having a holiday in Dubai as we reported yesterday.
Allardyce is confident he can get the best out of Joey on the field – once this transfer goes through – and we agree with that.
Comments always welcome.