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.
Willie McKay – Bartons’ agent visiting Barton today in Liverpool jail
The Newcastle midfielderâ€™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 Â£30K/week cut, in his approximate Â£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 Â£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?