Barton To Decide Newcastle Future Today


The Evening Chronicle is reporting today that Joey Barton will be visited by his agent Willie McKay in Liverpool’s Walton jail this morning, and the outcome of the meeting will be Barton’s future at the Newcastle club.

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Willie McKay – Bartons’ agent visiting Barton today in Liverpool jail

The Newcastle midfielder’s agent Willie McKay, traveled from his home in Yorkshire today to Liverpool, to discuss with Joey in Walton jail, what the Newcastle deal is.

McKay had already briefed Barton by telephone, after the agent met with a Newcastle United delegation, at a hotel in Heathrow Airport late last Sunday evening.

Newcastle’s Director of Football Dennis Wise, who seems to be acting like a CEO of the club these days, VP Tony Jimenez and Deputy Chairman Derek Llambias, told McKay that unless Barton was willing to accept a £30K/week cut, in his approximate £3M a year salary, then the club will seriously consider sacking him.

Let’s be very straight here, 99% of people in jobs would not get this chance, but would already be out of a job, once they were found guilty and sentenced to jail.

So Joey has already been treated as a special case.

As far as his wages go, he’s probably still getting more wages than he was getting at Manchester City, before he left last June for Newcastle in a £5.8M move.

And even in football, money isn’t everything, especially when you’re behind bars.

There has been no indication as yet as to what Barton intends to do, but Newcastle will no doubt retain his registration, whatever happens.

What we’d like to hear from the meeting today, is that Joey is willing to accept the Newcastle deal.

That will at least show he’s committed to something, and that he is at least willing to try to get his life back on track at the Newcastle club.

The more we think about this, the better it seems for Joey.

If Joey takes that path he’ll receive every encouragement from both Kevin Keegan, who has always had a heart of gold, and also the Newcastle fans who would love Joey to come back, play well for Newcastle, and finally overcome his many demons.

We’ll await the news from today’s meeting.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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68 comments so far

  • Tom4Nufc

    Jun 10, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #1

    Lets hope it all goes well.

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  • John

    Jun 10, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #2

    it really does’nt seem right on our part to take advantage off a real crap situation..they should either back him or sack him..

    In my opinion, If keegan has decided to back him thats should be the end off it. After all he is the MANAGER …

    I get the impression Keegan is being undermined a great deal by the board…It all seems a bit strange really..We have a billionaire as an owner for god sake..Why are they scrapping to save the pennies so badly ? the club has an income off about 100 mill a year aswell as our billionaire owner ( used to be a shareholder)

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  • nate dawg

    Jun 10, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #3

    hope it all gets sorted whatever the outcome.

    james in response to one of your posts on the mceady board , i cant find anything from st ettiene about us bidding for gomis

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  • Graham

    Jun 10, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #4

    The only way Barton can come out of this with any dignity is to accept the pay cut and show he really wants to be at NUFC – not just for the money. As a show of support, the club should use some of the cash saved to get Joey into proper rehabilitation to get his life back on track. He was after all an expensive investment.

    Otherwise, he’ll be seen by all and sundry as a money grabbing thug who cares for no-one but himself. That surely is a one way ticket to Gazzaville

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  • ToonKing

    Jun 10, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #5

    although wrong, i do hope he takes the wage cut and stays with us.

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  • Jimmie

    Jun 10, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #6

    Joey should consider him lucky to even get this proposal, hope he accepts it and keeps him self out of trouble in the future!

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  • jeff

    Jun 10, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #9

    Rozehnal signs for Lazio…..thank f**k for that!!!!! There’s another off our wage bill

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  • geordiegraham

    Jun 10, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #10

    aye exactly Graham

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  • Davies

    Jun 10, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #11

    Already given my opinion on this. John, you seem to share the same sentiment as Bill F did no the other posts.

    This situation is of Joey Barton’s making and nobody else’s. He will have to live with whatever seemingly morally questionable decisions are made at SJP while he’s in jail.

    If he hadn’t got himself locked up, it wouldn’t be a problem. I hardly think that this is a young man that anybody should be sympathising with at the moment.

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  • broon ale

    Jun 10, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #12

    We have recovered the fee paid for rozenahl off lazio.

    i attempted to post a link but the editor has blocked it.

    obviously in an attempt to keep people on this website to read endless unfounded transfer speculation

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  • John

    Jun 10, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #13

    just seen on ssn that we have confirmed the sale off Ropzenhal…Theysaid we got our money back so can imgine we sold him for about 3 mil

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  • Nick C

    Jun 10, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #14

    Have u seen the vid of him in McDonalds at stupid o clock in the morning giving it large? At one point he says to some other scousers, “Do you know who I am?” Tosser.

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  • Hadrian

    Jun 10, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #15

    pretty sly what the club is doing to barton imo .
    he should only be judged on the macdonalds incident , as we were well aware of the dabo case when we signed him .
    now does this mcdonlads malarky warrent kicking the lad when he’s down and halfing his wages or sacking him ?

    keegan wants to keep the guy , but the board have seen a chance to cut the wages even more and jumped on it , ruthless as hell imo .

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  • John

    Jun 10, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #16

    Davies ya definatley he’s not evreyones favourite player , not mine either..I just feel Keegan needs to be involved in the decisions that are being made..He already said he will back him but the board look like they want to save money or just sack him…Seem to ignoring what Keegan wants…Bit worrying really..

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  • Doctapaul

    Jun 10, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #17

    Can anyone explain the rationale for negotiating a pay cut?

    It seems to have very little to do with ethics?

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  • ToonKing

    Jun 10, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #18

    Rozy is gone too, it’s official….

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  • Nick Dryden

    Jun 10, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #19

    We the fans and the club at large have been ripped off for years by self interested, greedy, appallingly badly behaved players, agents and a truly disgaceful chairman. We have had shocking role models and have been constantly embarrasssed by the likes of Dyer and Shepherd.
    I think it is extremely refreshing that NUFC are finally at long last taking a hard line with a complete thug. I think it would be great to turn the tables on Barton and his creep of an agent and bring them to account . They obviously feel they are above the law and we should show them different. Barton on £55k a week whilst beating people up in Liverpool instead of travelling with the squad to a match is unforgiveable.
    I would love to see us do a Mutu on him and see him cough up 13M. Now there would be a twist. Clubs should fight back. Long long overdue.

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  • Graeme

    Jun 10, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #20

    Yet more messing about by the club, this looks little more than blackmail and as such is distastefull.

    Follow Chelski’s example with Mutu and get rid of the little thug. He has NO place in a decent football club. If the board had any morals, let alone balls, this would (and SHOULD) have been resolved weeks ago.

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  • aaron d

    Jun 10, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #21

    Rozehnal has just signed for Lazio. With Barton and Ameobi looking likely to leave shortly, our squad is now very small. GK Given, Harper, Krul, Forster so no worries there. RB and LB only Beye and Enrique so need cover for both. CB Taylor, Faye, Cacapa and Edgar, again need cover or a 1st choice, kadar could cover. MR Milner and Geremi good enough, ML Duff and N’Zogbia good enough, MC Butt, Smith so very short need two or 3, depending on barton, lua lua could cover. Att – Owen, Martins, Viduka and Carroll possibly 1 more required as Viduka injured and Carroll probably not good enough yet.
    So i think we need 1 RB, 1 LB, 1 CB, 2CM, 1FC so thats 6 signings as a bare minimum.

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  • Jim

    Jun 10, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #22

    Barton would be daft to turn any offer of work down at the moment. He’s not going to get much of a deal anywhere else, when he eventually leaves prison… and what happens if he’s found guilty of the Man City assault, with ex colleagues testifying? That could be an even longer stretch.

    I’m surprised that NUFC are even offering him this chance, but who would buy him now.

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  • Nick Dryden

    Jun 10, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #23

    How the hell is the little thug going to be motivated by having to survive on only 30K a week! Stop pussy footing around and get rid.
    KK is very sadly misguided on this.

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  • broon ale

    Jun 10, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #24

    Nick C . where did you see the video of barton

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  • James

    Jun 10, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #25

    WHY OH WHY OH WHY IS THE CLUB LETTING IT BE HIS DECISION!!

    It should be the club’s decision – SACK THE SCUM

    Get someone worthy to wear our Number 7

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  • ronaldeano

    Jun 10, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #26

    @james, well said mate

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  • Total Flanker

    Jun 10, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #27

    Hmmm, although personally I reckon Barton should be fired with the club holding onto his registration, I do find it a little ironic that it’s our Executive Director (Football) who seems to be laying down the law here. Yes, that’s the same Dennis Wise who was once convicted of assaulting a London taxi-driver[and given a three-month prison sentence (later overturned on appeal) and who was kicked out of Leicester City after breaking the nose and jaw of team-mate Callum Davidson.

    Hardly the ideal role model.

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  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 10, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #28

    hadrian- exaclt my thoughts mate, everybody new about dabo case b4 he signed. if we were goin to sack him for this macdonalds incident he shud hav been sacked at xmas wen it happened, sackin him now because he went to jail, is like sackin him not for wat he did, but for gettin jail time for it!!! basically wat the board are doin is saying they want to back him, but we’ll try and pinch a few pennys while we’re at it!!!! ur either behind him or ur not, sack him or back him, but dnt use this as an excuse to be a tight arse ashley

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  • ronaldeano

    Jun 10, 2008 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #29

    Little current eyes wise is another angry little tw@t

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  • ToonKing

    Jun 10, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #30

    i too saw the video of Barton and to be honest i hardly understood what he and others were saying and i haven’t seen any fighting at all. Although he was acting crazy and screaming and pushing a few people around. It hardly warrants the 6 months in jail if you ask me. If it was me doing the same i would have gotten away with a fine.

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  • broon ale

    Jun 10, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #31

    Nick C . where did you see the video of barton

    any links?

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  • Jim

    Jun 10, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #32

    Nick… I don’t think KK’s got that much to do with this, but if he does then Barton owes him (and the club) big time.

    James… A lot of it’s to do with cash. Not many can throw £5-6 million away.

    If Barton comes through this I think the Toon could have one hell of an asset. Hopefuly Joey will understand what it is to be supported by the North East of England. If not, I think we should kick the lights out of the bloke to let him know what it’s like and toss him off the cliffs at Sheilds (well you get the gist).

    He got another shot with Allerdyce and blew it. Now it’s KK’s turn. If he fails again, make an international example out of him.

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  • broon ale

    Jun 10, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #33

    toon king. links?

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  • ronaldeano

    Jun 10, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #34

    @Broon ale, its on the sun website mate

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  • steve

    Jun 10, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #35

    @Hadrian – He’s in the nick for just the McDonalds incident, in any other job he would have been sacked immediately – as for the Dabo case, you rightly point out we knew that when we signed him what we didnt know was the McDonalds incident which will have a huge bearing on the Dabo case and is likley to mean further incarceration.

    It’s bizarre that people keep slating Ashley for being tight, he’s sunk around 130 million into the club in one season and we’ve already offerred 10 million for Gomis, had a huge offer for Modric turned down by the player and allegedly have offers out there for other players – wtf do you guys want him to do!!!

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  • Jim

    Jun 10, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #36

    Previous is only taken in to consideration if he’s convicted.

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  • ronaldeano

    Jun 10, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #37
  • steve

    Jun 10, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #39

    @Jim – you think he’s gonna get off in the Dabo case when half the team and the manager at the time are testifying against him!!!

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  • broon ale

    Jun 10, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #40

    not much going on in that link like!

    must of kicked off outside

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