Newcastle Likely To Sack Joey Barton


The Daily Mail is reporting this evening, that Newcastle United plan to sack their midfield player, Joey Barton.

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Joey Barton – Newcastle to sack him before end of month?

Barton is currently serving 6 months in jail, for an altercation against a stranger in Liverpool on 27th December, outside a McDonald’s Restaurant at 5:30am.

The news being reported by the Mail is that Newcastle United are willing to sack their player, unless he takes a 50% pay cut in what is thought to be his wage packet of £55K/week. That’s around £2.86M per year.

We had heard that Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan wants to keep Barton at the club, despite Joey being found guilty last month, and jailed for 6 months for assault and affray.

Kevin is currently on holiday, but the club no doubt will have been in touch with him if they are indeed to sack Barton.

The incident for which he is in jail, took place when he was a Newcastle player.

Of course Barton faces another trial at the end of the month, where he is charged with assault on his former Manchester City team-mate Ousmane Dabo last May 1st, 2007.

The Newcastle higher ups of Owner Mike Ashley, Executive Director Dennis Wise and vice-president Tony Jimenez, are not happy about this situation at all, and may dismiss Barton even before his next case begins on June 30th.

Stuart Pearce, the Manchester City manager at the time of the Dabo incident, will be a key witness for the prosecution at the Manchester Crown Court.

As well as Pearce, many of the Manchester City players who witnessed the training ground incident will also be giving evidence for the prosecution, and it doesn’t look too good for Joey.

Barton, who was signed by Sam Allardyce under protest from Chairman Chris Mort and Owner Mike Ashley last June, still has 4 years of his lucrative contract left, but Newcastle believe his conviction and imprisonment give them legal grounds to sack him for gross misconduct.

There’s not much doubt that legal precedent is on the club’s side, because in normal business employment, anybody who lands up in prison, is immediately sacked from their job.

That is usually written into their conditions of employment.

That would justifiably allow Newcastle to end Barton’s contract forthwith, and apparently Chelsea did exactly that after Adrian Mutu failed a drugs test in 2004.

Only yesterday, a FIFA tribunal informed Aidrian Mutu that he must pay Chelsea £9.4M (12M Euro) over the incident, as compensation for the transfer fee the club paid for him to Parma.

Muto’s lawyer has already announced that Mutu, now at Fiorentina, will contest the fine in civil court.

As has been mentioned before, Newcastle would retain Barton’s registration to recoup some of the £5.8M they paid the Eastlands club for him last summer.

That means the Tyneside club would get a transfer fee from any club that wanted to pick up Barton’s registration, and have Barton play for them.

Barton has not been paid any wages since he was jailed.

Newcastle seem willing to go half way, but only if he agrees to a 50% cut in his wages, but even that will not be honored, if he is found guilty in the Dabo case.

Newcastle are absolutely right to think the upcoming trial will put yet another stain on the club’s good name, and will certainly not help their efforts in recruiting players to the club.

We think that’s true, but there are now huge questions, in retrospect, as to why we signed him in the first place.

He was hardly a golden boy last summer, after foolish and aggressive antics over a few seasons at Manchester City.

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94 comments so far

  • John

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #1

    all bull..its the mail..There the one that ran with the wage cap as aparently they were at the meeting with Ashley and keegan . They just make stuff up as they go along. There just going down the wage thing again to try and get the domino effect with every other papaer..How ridiculous would we look as a club by saying you can stay only if you take a 50% wage cut..It looks like we endorse the behaviour…crazy talk

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  • alex

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #2

    Get rid, everyone knew he was a risky signing but gave him a chance. Mediocre player and a thug.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Keep him. Just broker a deal with him that he cant claim his wages and his contraxct is frozen till he gets out of jail.

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  • John

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #4

    another point…If keegan wants to back the player that should be the end off it. He’s the manager and he’s the one who has to get the team to perform…

    If keegan wants him , it should be he’s decision…If the board doesn’t back Keegan whats the point..Ashley may as well become manager then

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  • liamtoonbirchy

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #5

    get ilner in to replace him then yeah

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #6

    You mean Inler? Mentioned him many many times on here.

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  • ToonKing

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #7

    no no no. would be a mistake. Give him a fine , cut his wages, whatever , but keep him. Joey is a good player and one we will need in the future.

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  • John

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #8

    he was’nt anything special today…The standard off that swiz game was very low copmared to tht Turkey Portugal game…

    Would’nt take no players from switzerland or Cech ( apart from the left back and Cech )

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  • Tigerboo

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #9

    So we are so disgusted by his behavior that we are prepared to sack him…but hold on a minute…we are so tight that if he takes a pay cut he can stay and play!

    FFS, sort it out!

    Is this a moral stand against Barton or a pathetic excuse to cut wages.

    Don’t get me wrong, I hated Fat Freddy, but I’m starting to have serious doubts about this new regime.

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  • liamtoonbirchy

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #10

    so tom have we got a chance he was good today is he a DM or CM? couldnt tell with him and gelson there but he looked a DM. who he play for? perfect addition for our central midfield.

    and sorry for not noticing him talking about him, ive never seen him play before and you mention so many people lol its hard to keep up anyway good spot

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #11

    Udinese, hes a DM.

    John – You obviously havent seen Inler is Serie A, an absolute revelation.

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  • liamtoonbirchy

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #12

    i disagree john the czechs werent on form but swiss looked good going forward ilner gelson barnetta behrami and frei were good

    no chance of the left back he plays for ac milan

    kazim and moutinho would be great to sign from the other game, the only good and realistic targets because portugal have quality that is out of reach. SUPER PEPE

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  • liamtoonbirchy

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #13

    isit possible though tom? 8m be enough?

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  • Angryman the angry fantasist

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #14

    Joey has been playing OK as of late, so lay off the holier than I sh*t. Ed this is just pap to get everone worked up so you can get your 5 million hits!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #15

    Dont know how much they will want but Juventus and Inter Milan are interested and i think they paid 6 mil for him, so probably not 8.

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  • tommyy

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #16

    NOO way, Gelson fernandes is shocking. I havn’t seen much of Inler, but what i have seen he is usually much better than he was today. Barnetta dissapointed me aswell.

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  • liamtoonbirchy

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #17

    barton will stay keegan has faith

    anyone think we will sign zigic? i dont want jose to leave but we need a big striker but cant we just pay 6m or so for him.

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  • John

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #18

    No I don’;t really follow seire A, used to ages ago…

    IMO I thought the standard was very low…at times it was an ok but nobody really stood out..Frei looked dangerous at times and left back from Milan got a good peg on him but nobody else stood out for me…Just my opinion though. There was so much quality on show from the turkey game , you could really see the difference in standard..

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #19

    Ye, im not disputing the standard of the first match, just the standard of Inler who is normally very very good.

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  • Nev

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #20

    just wondering if anyone else was pissed that arda turan didnt play for turkey ?
    or was it just me lol
    i wanted to see how well he would do against top defender like boswinga, fereria, carvalho and pepe

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  • Nev

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #21

    and no … we shouldnt sack barton , hes from the same area (widnes/runcorn) im from … needs to kick the scouse stereotype and prove everyone wrong .. really pissed me off that scousers get a bad reputation across the world for no reason
    (and i realise joey aint helping at this moment of time lol)

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  • bigz

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #22

    ed, Where did you ever hear that the club had a “good name”

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  • ToonKing

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #23

    i wasn’t pissed at all Nev, in fact i was happy. if i can’t see him it means that no one else will, so hopefully no one will steal him from us lol 😀

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  • Gateshead Mag.

    Jun 7, 2008 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #24

    Yeh nev kinda, but even more pissed that Emre is gone. Showed he’s better than any of our midfield.

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  • liamtoonbirchy

    Jun 7, 2008 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #25

    we need to stop getting rid of players and start replacing for quality what we have got rid of and are going to get rid of.

    behrami swap deal for rozy
    shorey/torosodis for carr
    samba for ramage
    aimar for emre
    turan for duff
    zigic for ameobi
    ilner to challenge then replace butt soon

    What you think???

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  • John

    Jun 7, 2008 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #26

    Nev i was kind off happy he did’nt play ..If he did play and was amazing he might get to much attention and we could just forget about signing him then…

    I’d be happy he did’nt play one minute and was fresh for us next season 🙂

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  • Nev

    Jun 7, 2008 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #27

    hahaha … toonking and john … very good way of looking at it 😀
    i think i mite take that type of view on the situation 😀
    i bet his agents pissed !

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  • ToonKing

    Jun 7, 2008 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #28

    i wouldn’t want Behrami and Shorey, liamtoonbirch. but other than that i’d take your list anyday.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 7, 2008 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #29

    No, Behrami is shockingly overated, hes actually shite.

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  • Nev

    Jun 7, 2008 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #30

    that young swiss lad we were linked to looked good when he came on … wouldnt mind him
    didnt he score against england few months back?

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  • liamtoonbirchy

    Jun 7, 2008 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #31

    ok lads scrap behrami and get bougherra to replace rozy lol

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  • GSfan

    Jun 7, 2008 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #32

    Nev, just ask any Turk. We were all pissed off. Why on earth did Tuncay or Sabri play when Arda didn’t? Tuncay even skipped all training sessions cuz he was “injured” and got himself a starting eleven spot nevertheless. lol I need to cool down a bit… It was against a Portugal on its day after all, not like many teams out there can stand a chance against that. Maybe we’ll play better in other matches and Arda will get a starting eleven spot.

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  • ToonKing

    Jun 7, 2008 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #33

    yeah he did Nev, i was looking forward of seeing him , to bad he played so little, but he looked fairly decent. I also heard that Wenger is looking at him too…….

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  • ToonKing

    Jun 7, 2008 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #34

    lol Tuncay was so shite’ today it was unreal.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 7, 2008 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #35

    Turkey are diving b*******!

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  • Nev

    Jun 7, 2008 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #36

    gutted GSfan … at least your in the euros 😛
    i thought turkey played very well .. deserved a draw imo
    volkans save was fantastic
    and hopefully wenger will be focusing on keeping hleb , fabregas and aebayor rather than signing young players lol

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 7, 2008 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #37

    Turkey deserved a draw?!?! We should have won 5-0, let alone 2-0.

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  • John

    Jun 7, 2008 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #38

    ya Ronaldo never goes to ground. He was on he’s arse after about 2 seconds tonight

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  • Nev

    Jun 7, 2008 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #39

    tom toon … you portugese ? lol
    i thuaght portugal were poor and turkey did better than expected … okay they were lucky with the posts “happening to be in the way” lol

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 7, 2008 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #40

    He didnt try and con a pen though! Twice!

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