Sam Allardyce was after Mikael Silvestre of Manchester United in the summer, along with team mate Wes Brown, as two defenders he would loved to have signed for Newcastle United.
Mikael Sylvestre – seems right about Joey Barton
But the experienced Frenchman rejected Sam`s offer, and made it very clear to everybody why he didnâ€™t want to come to the Newcastle club.
Sylvestre is good friends with Ousmabe Dabo, who was battered by Joey Barton in early April during a Manchester City training session. Joey will face criminal charges on this assault – scheduled to start this June.
Mikael said he was unwilling to play in the same side as Joey Barton, and it now seems like Sylvestreâ€™s words have a sense of truth to them as Barton is again in trouble and rehab following his latest attack. That was against a couple of folks outside a McDonaldâ€™s restaurant in Liverpool at 5:30am on Thursday morning, a couple of weeks ago.
â€œWhen I said I wouldn’t go to Newcastle because of him, I was surprised by the reaction of people. But for me, it is normal to say what I think.â€
â€œHe should not have been allowed to stay in the game for what he did. It’s hard to make a judgment of someone like Barton, but he needs treatment. Now I know I made a good choice by not going there.â€
Whether he will now be allowed to stay in the game of football is debatable, but of course nothing will happen until the trials have been duly completed. We have to consider Joey innocent of the charges, until proved otherwise.