The People is reporting today that Bolton Wanderers manager Gary Megson wants to take Joey Barton on a season-long loan deal.
Joey Barton – season long loan at Bolton?
Barton recently was reported to have refused to take a Â£30K/week pay cut when Newcastle gave him an option that would allow him to stay at the club, after his jailing of 6 months.
Bolton’s manager Megson is now trying to understand if it’s possible to take Barton on loan, and the option on his pay is that the two clubs would share his Â£60K/week salary.
Bolton would then of course like an option to buy Joey at the end of the loan, at an agreed to price.
But what has Joey done to have Bolton bending over backwards to save his career, and rescue him?
He’s serving jail time for heaven’s sake, and the problems he is in, are all of his own making.
A person in real life would have been sacked long before now, without question, but football is not the normal world it seems.
And Joey still has the Dabo trial for which is is accused of assault and battery, to start on June 30th.
It seems that Megson is willing to take a risk on Barton, despite the enormous baggage he brings with him, but we also know that Kevin wants to give him another chance too, at Newcastle.
Before any of this happens, Newcastle have to decide what they want to do with the player, and we don’t know the answer to that.
We’ll probably not know that until Keegan returns from holiday, and until after his Dabo trial, in all likelihood.
There”s certainly no hurry with Barton in the slammer.
But we find it very strange that the People hints that Newcastle are to blame for Joey’s nightmare at Newcastle, it’s a strange world indeed.