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Chairman Mort Fuzzy On Barton Future

9:53 am, Monday, June 9th, 2008 by Ed Harrison · 20 Comments

As we reported over the weekend Newcastle are seriously considering sacking Joey Barton, who is currently serving a 6 month jail sentence , after being found guilty of assault last month in Liverpool.

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Joey Barton – Mort non-committal yesterday on his Newcastle future

Newcastle chairman Chris Mort talked to the Sunday Mirror yesterday and admitted the club are in talks over the future of their jailed midfielder Joey Barton.

Mort told the Sunday Mirror yesterday:

“We are in discussions with his representatives about what is best for the club going forward.”

“Obviously, we are not going to ignore the fact that he is currently in jail.”

“It is too early to say whether Joey being sacked is a possible outcome but we are talking about what the future holds.”

There’s nothing concrete there on what Newcastle will do on his future, although obviously sacking the player is an option.

Remember that in normal situations, Joey would already be out of a job, with no hesitation.

The reports suggest Newcastle will ask him to take a 50% wage cut, and then presumably keep him at the club if he agrees to that.

But that hardly sounds like a deal of integrity from the club, and the first thing they should do is decide whether they still want him at the club, and not use his situation as another way of cutting the club’s wage bill.

It’s a very tough decision for the club, there’s no doubt about that.

Certainly the publicity surrounding him is only going to get worse for the Newcastle club, when his trial starts on June 30th, where he is accused of assault on his former team-mate Ousmane Dabo at Manchester City.

There’s going to be a lot of publicity surrounding that event, unfortunately.

Newcastle should decide the future of their player before that trial starts.

We still have a vote active on whether Joey should be retained by Newcastle, so if you haven’t voted yet – please do.

The current vote is close standing at 48% to 46% in Joey’s favor, with 6% unsure.

That about sums up the views of Newcastle fans on Joey, they’re just not sure.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Joey Barton · Newcastle News





20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Frankieboy // Jun 9, 2008 at 9:57 AM

    Sick to death of saying this

    GET RID NOW

  • 2 Midjew // Jun 9, 2008 at 9:59 AM

    Not sure where all this CONCRETE Info comes from regarding them saying they will half his wage bill or he is out.

    That sounds like Paper tripe to me.

    But He DOES deserve to be sacked, in ANY other job that is how it would be and you cannot get away with things like that.

    Let him go and get a Job In Mcdonalds as far as i care.

    He NEEDS to learn.

  • 3 Graeme // Jun 9, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    When it comes to dithering, pissing about we are world class. Its a joke.

  • 4 Frankieboy // Jun 9, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    People who are given chances time after time DON’T learn. I rest my case.
    Can’t really understand why we are sittin here still debating this issue after this time.
    Enough said ok.

  • 5 Obafemi Martins // Jun 9, 2008 at 10:11 AM

    With regards to the outcome of the Dabo case, we knew all about that situation when we signed him, so either there’s a clause in his contract already concerning exactly this matter, or we were pretty damed short-sighted when we bought him.

  • 6 Eric // Jun 9, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    Get rid of him asap. Barton is not the only matter that NUFC reps are dithering about either. Am now getting the impression that our board are like rabbits caught in the headlights of an oncoming car. – bewildered and potentially buggered!

  • 7 staffsmag // Jun 9, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Get rid of him now. We want a fresh start next season we don’t need someone like this casting a shadow over us. We have been a laughing stock now for too long. Come on Chris. Sack him and move on.

  • 8 Mac // Jun 9, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Get rid of the clown. I must admit i was excited when Fat head signed him. I thought he would have great in our midfield and he has showed glimpses of whet he can do. But when all said and done he’s doin 6 months now and may get another 6 on top of that when he goes to court again at the end of June.
    Any other job he’d be out,finished but since he’s a footballer we’re having a disscussion on it,ridiculous.
    SACK HIM NOW

  • 9 Davies // Jun 9, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    He needs to learn, and he deserves another chance if he is prepared to do so, but not with us.

    He has talent, but has a drink problem. If he’s not careful, he’ll end up in the same boat as Gazza is in now.

    We’d all have given Gazza a chance wouldn’t we?

    A lifetime ban would be harsh, but I just don’t think he rebuild his future at St James’.

  • 10 staffsmag // Jun 9, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Well said Mac !!!!

  • 11 craig chisholm // Jun 9, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    i dont mind if he stays or goes. this is a very shit thing that newcastle are doing though, we are abusing his situation so we can lower his salary. it might not be halfed but it is clearly going to be reduced, that is clear from morts words – otherwise, what are they in discussions about with bartons people?? it is simple, sack him or dont. none of this abusing the situation the bloke is in, ah, what a caring club we are!! i see that old jack selling the geordie jackpot is getting on a bit now, i am sure we can say he is not as good as he used to be and can reduce his wages from 100 to 50 quid a week, yes, we’ll save another 50 quid like that.

  • 12 Leo // Jun 9, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    well done Ed you hit the 5mil mark!!!!!!!!

  • 13 John // Jun 9, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Well im not sure what the big fuss is abvout..If soemone SPAT on me or my family I would dig the head off that person aswell.

    I’m sure theresmany on this site who would do the same thing..Its just because who he is…

    I remember Cantona trying to kick someones head off live on tv ..How come he did’nt get sacked?

  • 14 Taiwantoon // Jun 9, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    The board stinks.

  • 15 Sav // Jun 9, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Are you gone mad?
    No, we should never have signed him in the first place, but Allardyce did and spent over 5 million on him.
    No business is going to write that off.
    It does sound sleazy to renegotiate Barton’s wages but the fact is, he is a commodity and he has devalued himself, so now he is worth less to the club and should be paid less. And if you think about it, that is incidentally an appropriate punishment.
    Those who would ‘see him rot’ are not taking a very moral stance either. You can’t deny a person the right to earn his living. Nor can the club just give him away to sign a lucrative deal for himself with some club who can pick him up without a transfer fee. So halving Joey’s pay packet seems reasonable. Look at the extra deals Berckham and Ronaldo get for ‘image rights’ with theiir clubs. Think of Barton as having just negotiated a ‘negative image rights’ deal for himself. He’ll be less likely to do that again, I reckon.

  • 16 steve // Jun 9, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    I can’t believe people are still defending Barton – regardless of this incident he’s been continually in trouble which is why Man City got rid of him!

    Biting Dunne – attacking young kids, beating up teammates – he’s an idiot
    Given that over hald of the man city team and stuart pearce are testifying on behalf of the prosection for the Dabo case it’s likley he’ll get a long stretch – we may as well get rid now and be done with him

  • 17 Sav // Jun 9, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Who’s defending him. We shouldn’t have signed Barton in the first place. But we did.
    So how do you ‘get rid’ without getting rid of 5.5million quid in the process? We need that to buy a replacement midfielder. He is worth perhaps half as much now were NUFC to put the lag up for sale, so why not explain the realities of life to Barton by saying, ‘your wages have just been cut in half, son’.
    It is as effective a punishment as the club can impose and a fair one.

  • 18 Bill F SPLASH THE CASH ASH // Jun 9, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    They are waiting to see what happens in the Dabo case. I would be amazed if he doesn’t get more time inside as there seems to be an awful lot of people queing up to testify against him. It don’t look good for him regardless of what we think and I would be surprised if he is still a Toon player much longer.

  • 19 Punk Skunk // Jun 9, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Dabo might not even come back to england to testify…In which case: there would be no case to answer!..No wages for Joey, while in jail, would be my shout!..
    …I would say: give his wages to the victim, but,
    is an under 18, on the razz, in liverpoo, gobbin’ off to a known ‘celeb’, in the wee hours, who then procures a ‘clip’…a victim?..
    …Maybe not?..

  • 20 stjames // Jun 9, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    I admire the way Chelsea handled the Mutu case. “You’re using you’re out.” We don’t want criminals in our team. End of discussion!!!




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