There’s news today in the Daily Mirror, that Joey Barton has refused to take a 50% pay cut at Newcastle United.
Joey Barton – refused the Newcastle offer yesterday?
But we’re not sure if the Mirror has any backing in truth for this story today.
We were looking for news yesterday about Joey’s response, and if some paper is going to take a guess at the outcome, they will obviously say Barton refused it – because that would set up a confrontation and sell more papers.
This Mirror says that Barton refused to speak to Newcastle officials yesterday, but our information is that his agent Willie McKay was supposed to travel to Liverpool, from his Yorkshire home, to talk to Joey about the Newcastle offer yesterday.
We think that Newcastle will also make no formal decision on Joey until after his next and final trial, which is due to start on June 30th.
He is accused of assault against his former Manchester City French team-mate Ousmane Dabo.
Sources close to Joey are said to believe the penalty Newcastle is imposing is far too high – and Joey is said to doubt Newcastle’s motives for coming up with their pay cut suggestion.
But Joey also has to remember that he’s in deep water here, and he’s hardly coming from a position of strength.
It’s not often you read of a professional footballer serving time in jail, not to mention there’s another trial still to come, on a completely different alleged assault.
If Joey makes a fuss at all, and refuses to take the deal Newcastle have offered, the club should cut their losses immediately and end his contract.
The club will no doubt retain his registration so they have some chance to recover some of the Â£5.8M transfer fee they paid Manchester City last June.
And of course there is also time to ensure we bring in a suitable replacement for Joey during the summer.
It’s interesting in our poll on whether we should keep Joey.
At the time of writing 748 readers want him to go, and 745 want him to stay, and you can still vote if you haven’t already done so, but it couldn’t get much closer than that.
We think this has turned out to be a bad deal for our club.