Barton’s Contract To Be Canceled by Newcastle

Embarrassed Newcastle United officials are looking at various ways of ending Joey Barton’s five-year contract at the club, if he is indeed found guilty of assault and affray.


Joey Barton – contract will be canceled by Newcastle United

We expect Newcastle to announce fairly shortly that, if he is found guilty, they will cancel Joey’s contract. There’s no other respectable way out for the Tyneside club, in this matter.

We had talked about Joey being on a zero tolerance policy at Newcastle United and we’re sure he was told in no uncertain terms when he joined Newcastle in June, that the club would not put up with any of his previous aggressive behavior, both on and off the field. The 25 year-old midfielder is of course spending New Year in jail in Liverpool, and it couldn’t get much more embarrassing for our club.

Barton was remanded in custody by Liverpool magistrates yesterday, leaving Newcastle’s board with little choice but to pour over his contract, but surely they will have left some provision in his contract for this possibility. Newcastle United have already negotiated a get-out clause in his contract, if Barton is found guilty next year of assaulting his former City team-mate Ousmane Dabo.

Now facing this additional, but less serious charge (common assault), which carries a maximum six-month prison sentence, Newcastle are considering their options, well before Barton’s next remand hearing on Thursday of next week.

We expect Newcastle to cancel Joey’s contract but retain his registration to protect their investment in the player. Then they could demand compensation should another club take Joey on. The case would then be similar to former Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu, sacked when he tested positive for cocaine in 2004. He later joined Juventus and then moved on to Fiorentina, but Chelsea won the right to a claim of £15M in compensation. We’re sure Newcastle lawyers are studying this particular situation very closely.

This incident will come as a major embarrassment to the Newcastle manager, Sam Allardyce, who had vowed to control the one-time England international. But the player has let down himself, his club, his manager and not least of all, the entire Newcastle United fan base.

Barton, 25, was arrested in his home city of Liverpool at 5:30 am on Thursday morning, after police were called to a fracas outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Liverpool. Joey is said to have been shouting after being goaded by the other customers. He was then asked to leave, but CCTV operators alerted police, after seeing the alleged fracas outside the restaurant at just after 5.30 am.

Two men claimed they had been attacked by Barton and police arrested the young footballer along with his brother Andrew, who is 19 years old, and a woman. One of the alleged victims is said to have been knocked out, and was taken to hospital but released after treatment.

Barton appeared the next day in the dock looking rather disheveled. He kept his eyes down throughout the 68 minute proceedings, speaking only once to confirm his name and address.

Crown Prosecutor Jayne Hughes said:

“He is already on bail for previous offenses and the Crown would oppose bail on the grounds that he may reoffend.”

Defending solicitor Gwyn Lewis did apply for bail but this was rightly rejected, since Joey is already on bail, from his previous fracas in April at Manchester City’s training ground with Dabo.

Joey has had every chance at the famous Newcastle club, but this is beyond the pale. Newcastle chairman Chris Mort will be challenged will have to act with authority and some speed in this matter. We think an announcement that Joey’s contract will be canceled by Newcastle, while keeping their options open for future compensation, will be made shortly. The proviso will be if Barton is found to be guilty.

There’s no other reasonable path the club can follow in this matter.

Comments welcome.

47 comments so far

  • Cockney Magpie

    Dec 29, 2007 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #1

    I personally hope this does not happen i think Joey is a huge talent and could be an important player, it will be a shame if we get rid of him

  • Coolsmurf

    Dec 29, 2007 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #2

    he can find a job in the boxing ring once released if he can get out of trouble in jail…

  • AlexW

    Dec 29, 2007 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #3

    im sure its not all doom and gloom for joey barton, after all he is a pretty lad, and am sure they will take him in with open arms at prison 😀

  • Hammy

    Dec 29, 2007 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #4

    Cue heart felt statement:

    ” I have let myself, Sam, Nufc, Mike and Chris AND MOST IMPORTANTLY THE FANS DOWN…
    I don’t know what I was thinking, me and the lads were just sharing the proceeds from the Stevie G raid when we fell out over the cartier watch, I already have one but this one was special…….please forgive me I know I am a complete arsehole. I promise I’ll never go out again, I want to prove that I’m not just a common thug who just happens to be a half decent footballer. Please please please please…
    give me one more chance…..”

    Oh hang on…there’s me dinner just getting slid under the door….

  • Leo

    Dec 29, 2007 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #5

    hahaha hammy legendary that was… had me smiling

  • Sinead

    Dec 29, 2007 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #6

    Oh God love him, like I know, it’s his own fault, but surely everyone deserves a break or so now again, maybe it’s just a case of him being in the wrong place at the wrong time, I know what he did wasn’t great like but he’s only young, that’s a bit too cruel.

  • Nick Dryden

    Dec 29, 2007 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #7

    Sinead he’s 25! Shows no remorse and openly admits he’s not scared of jail. Fine, get him in there, get the compensation, everyone’s happy.

  • Hadrian

    Dec 29, 2007 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #8

    gutted for the lad, as much as it was a dumb thing todo .
    im as hotheaded and get as stressed out as barton .
    he’s obv had a row with sam and went out to get shitfaced .
    diff between me and him tho i suppose is 45k a week in my pocket to find some other way of blowing off steam .

  • John in Warwick

    Dec 29, 2007 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #9

    Cockney Magpie – I could not disagree more.

    Forget football ability. Forget talent. Forget financial matters.

    Do we want a violent, unhinged (yes he is unhinged), thug at our club?

    Discipline is NOT performance related.

    In any business in the UK punching colleagues, repeatedly getting arrested, jailed, verbally abusing people is not acceptable. His potential as a footballer is IRRELLEVANT.

    As loyal toon fans we gripe about play and results, but we are not so desperate as to need a monster like Joey effing Barton on our payrole or on our pitch.

    Furthermore, swap positions for a moment….

    Here you go son…have the best job in the world, have £45K per week for it – that more than most people make in a year. Have 52000 people cheering you on and supporting you even when you are crap. Have a big house, any women you want, any car you want, holiday anywhere you like, best medical facilities in the world, and a club that will treat you like royalty.


    Sound like a good deal? No? OK Joey, bye bye lad.

  • Rob Kirton

    Dec 29, 2007 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #10

    John in Warwick:

    Agree with everything you have said except one comment “any women you want”. Joey *ahem* bats for the other side, and that possibly has been the cause of some of his problems with other players.

    I think we all got the gist of your message though

    In the past I’ve defended him to a certain extent. However he has now betrayed the faith the club have put in him. For that alone he should be sacked, and quickly at that.

  • Len

    Dec 29, 2007 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #11

    A leaopard never changes its shorts, a small prize to anyone who can nail that quote.

  • Paul

    Dec 29, 2007 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #12

    Total charver scum.The sooner he goes the better. He has a compulsion to assault people,on the pitch,off the pitch,on tour,at club functions.He can’t stop himself.
    To think that we let Parker go to bring in this Pikey makes me cringe

  • Paul

    Dec 29, 2007 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #13

    What the hell was he thinking?

    Needs to lift his game…

  • George

    Dec 29, 2007 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #14

    I am sick to death of do gooders saying keep Joey Barton he has a great talent. So what. Does that give him the right to knock the living shite out of anyone. NO.
    Why is it so called stars and their supporters seem to think that just because who they are they do not have to pay a penalty. Wrong. In fact their penalty should be greater.
    Joey Barton should have to pay up his contract to NUFC as it is him who has broken club rules on discipline, no-one else.

  • Steve_48

    Dec 29, 2007 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #15

    I have only one comment [at you Ed] how could you possibly consider using the words “McDonald’s” and “restaurant” in the same sentence, take a more professional stance please in future 😉

    In some respects though perhaps ole Joey was investigating his next position on being sacked from Newcastle…. he might even gain 5 stars on his badge

  • Cockney Magpie

    Dec 29, 2007 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #16

    John in warwick we are football fans we support the team. So Joey has a bit of a bad temper on him so what if thats how he is thats how he is. What he does outside of the pitch is between him and the manager not us. You cannot deny he is a brilliant player when in form so do u really think its worth losing such a player just because he had a little scuffle in his private life? i dont, its not like he did it on the pitch wearing a newcastle shirt is it? i say we forget it and let Sam deal with it, we do not need anopinion on the players private lives

  • Bobby Ollox

    Dec 29, 2007 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #17

    We are not talking about some tortured football genius, forwhom you can overlook the flaws , and just admire his sublime skill on the park – this is not George Best, this is not Eric Cantona – This is Joey Barton – a know nothing, half talented, instantly forgettable journeyman – he hasnt proven himself at anything, let alone at Newcasttle.
    Write off the £6M, sack the idiot, who cares if he goes and signs up for someone else – it would be worth it to buy back a little bit of dignity for Newcastle United Football Club.

  • ObaFan2

    Dec 29, 2007 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #18

    Stan Colleymore’s been a right prat in his time but the letter by him in todays mirror is quite surprising and worth a read and seems sincere.

    However, he(Barton) only has himself to blame, given the best opportunities in life but resorts to violence and contempt for his employers. I only hope there are provisions in his contract or any contract to cover for this type of behavior by employee’s. I’d expect to be sacked if I behaved anything like that.

    It’s a shame tbh, another talent going to waste and very difficult to understand as I lived for playing football when I was younger and to imagine you get paid huge amounts of money for playing a game !

    What a waster.

  • Marc Kobrin

    Dec 29, 2007 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #19

    another bowyer type rubbish

    get rid of him – should never have sold parker, but barton is a rubbish, thug, who doesnt deserve to wear the NUFC shirt

    good bye

  • Eve

    Dec 29, 2007 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #20

    Apparently he got into a fight with Sam before or after (can remember which), after I think, which involved him, politely asking why Geremi was picked ahead of him.

  • John in Warwick

    Dec 29, 2007 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #21

    Hey Cockney, you may have no pride, dignity, or moral standards but I do, and I believe (look at the responses) that the Club and it supporters do.

    You may consider it a “little scuffle in his private life” but actually it’s much, much more than that.

    This was the final proof that Joey Barton is incapable of behaving like a decent human being. He must have known that he was on his last chance, and his thug tendencies were still unstoppable.

    Finally if you believe that he won’t eventually end up causing dressing room/team/manager problems then you are very niaive indeed.

    I for one would not want to support a club that condoned or tolerated this type of conduct. No self respecting clubs do.

    We do not need success at this price. We are the most supported “second favourite” club in the land because we are mad, brilliant fans with a good rep. and a decent club image. When we get success it will be with all of those attributes in place….I hope.

  • morpeth mag

    Dec 29, 2007 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #22

    lets face it if we can cancel his contract the only person getting out of jail is the club! from what we have seen of the prick so far he’s shite! use the money to bring in a quality flair player,something this lad has none of.

  • eastlandsblue

    Dec 29, 2007 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #23

    The lads an arse, it might also be a plan to have a meal with his lovely brother. city did well to get rid for 5.5 mill, but the people at Newcastle, including Fat Sam knew what baggage he carried and took a very big gamble. It looks like both the manager and player could be looking for employment in the new year.

  • Murvar

    Dec 29, 2007 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #24

    It would be very unwise for the club to come out now and say he’s finished; it is possible that he will be acquitted fo all these charges and then where would the club be in relation to him? Their only way of getting anything for him is to get him playing, and playing weell in the first team – WE@VE SCORED!

  • Chris Bunton

    Dec 29, 2007 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #25

    How much did we pay for him..7 mill?? It would be a disgrace if we cancel his contract and let him go on a free…what waste! Business is business, he should be fined heavily and dropped but we should only get rid i we can get our money back…I say keep him, u never know if we get a decent managerhe could be an assett

  • wsq

    Dec 29, 2007 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #26

    there’s only one scotty parker!

    told you.. the story about ankle injury b4 the wigan game is a fib! source ->

    he had a bad game, he got told off! and therefore someone started to sulk!

    another big big stupid sam decision. we could’ve saved our money in a low risk investment with the same kind if not better returns in Scott Parker.

    lalala up ures!

  • wsq

    Dec 29, 2007 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #27

    there’s no such thing as a common assault. well if a player doesn’t want to be abused or provoked, going out in the middle of the morning in a chav infested city is asking for it!

    he could be at home getting some good sleep but instead he’s downing junk food getting pi$$ed..

    whose at fault for not being a pro?!

  • steve c

    Dec 29, 2007 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #28

    Bolocks he is no asset. He stubs a cigar in a players face he punches ten bells of shit out of another and now he is out at 5am fighting.
    He is just a scouse twat and we should get rid.
    I wonder if you would be saying the same if it was a member of your family he,d assaulted.

  • Seggy

    Dec 29, 2007 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #29

    1 chance given
    1 chance used

    we can now (presumably) afford to write off $6m. He’s an embarressment, just like the other two wassac’s we got rid off.

    We don’t need this kinda crap, its held the club back long enough.

    A complete twat!

  • john

    Dec 29, 2007 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #30


  • Duncan Disorderly

    Dec 29, 2007 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #31

    everybody deserves a chance. He had it and like the moron that he is, he’s wasted it. I say “throw away the key” and let’s focus on the players we have left.

    If he were an NFL player, the league would ban him for bringing the game into disrepute. Footy players are role-models and should be treated as such.

  • i still hate allardyce (not as much though)

    Dec 29, 2007 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #32

    Barton is very unlikley to stay at newcastle now. it is twice as likely because there is two things he could be convicted for. He isnt fit to stay because he hasnt played well at all then goes and gets himself arrested. he supposedly had a argument with allardyce and sam wont take any s**t off anyone.

  • Steven

    Dec 29, 2007 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #33


  • bod

    Dec 29, 2007 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #34

    i have to say this not one of you know the full story on this would it not be sensible to wait and get the full story before you judge him and also im sorry you people saying one scotty parker come on he spent more time in the physios room and when he played he was always on his arse yeah 100% commited but like smith nowt else

  • GlennOZ

    Dec 30, 2007 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #35

    SACK THE SCUM SCOUSER!!! SHOULD HAVE NEVER PAID 6 MILLION FOR HIM, nor 100k, should never have gave him a contract to sign!!!


  • Simon Ridley

    Dec 30, 2007 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #36

    Joey Barton is a class player and if we get rid off him we are f++++n stupid, so hes made a few mistakes who hasnt. He’ll have been prevoked so the stupid little scouser t++t deserved to have been knocked out, and I bet most other peolple would of done the same thing if they had the bottle. I hope I see Joey Barton in a Toon shirt soon. Come on Joey.

  • Galowgatecorner

    Dec 30, 2007 at 4:49 AM

    Comment #37

    Lock him up for six months let him out for his June trial and he will go down for a long time.

    Fat SAm should be sacked for paying £5.8m for him and handing over money to City for his golden goodbye.

    Charver trash let him rot in jail.

  • scotty

    Dec 30, 2007 at 7:03 AM

    Comment #38

    It’s hard enough for the club to move forwards at the moment without this kind of bad publicity.

    All I can say that it seems Sam has taken a gamble and lost to this prat who surely has just added one of the few nails left to go in the big man’s coffin.

    One step forwards then two back……………… Welcome to the comedy club of the premier league which is Newcastle United!!!

  • ende

    Dec 30, 2007 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #39

    Ed, what the hell is your problem? I’ve come to expect MUCH better out of you than this crap. In the same breath you say…

    “Joey Barton – contract will be canceled by Newcastle United”


    “We expect Newcastle to announce fairly shortly that, if he is found guilty, they will cancel Joey’s contract”

    With a title such as this articles, one would expect the posting to state as a FACT that Barton is gone… not that you merely EXPECT him to be gone, as though your speculation is fated to become fact. I don’t care how sure you are about it, nothing is fact until it happens. I expect this sort of crap, sensationalist reporting from the UK sports media, but not from you! Shame on you Ed!

  • UTD111

    Dec 30, 2007 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #40

    Obou afan2 – OK I can accept you read the Daily Mirror but a) you believe whats in there?? and b) you admire Collywobble the wife beater?? AAAARRRRGGHHH!!!!


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