The Newcastle Journal is reporting today that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is still weighing up his options, on what to do with our very troubled midfielder Joey Barton.
Joey Barton – next trial due up on 30th June
The Newcastle club have already offered Joey an offer that would keep him at the club, but he’d need to take a 50% pay cut, but Barton and his agent Willie McKay turned that down flat.
There was even news that Joey was annoyed by the offer, but the boy doesn’t seem to understand the very serious nature of his position, and to say the least, he is hardly in a position of negotiating power, from the slammer.
And it seems that our readers are split on what they think the club should do with him.
In our first simple poll on whether we should keep Joey at Newcastle:
- 53 % said no
- 41% said yesÂ
- 6% still not sure.
That’s with over 2,000 votes in and you can still vote, if you haven’t done so already.
In our latest poll, where we gave a choice as to what the club could do:
- 46% want to have him sacked
- 31% want to keep him on half wages
- 13% want to sack him after the Dabo trial
- 7% want to keep him on full wages
- 3% still not sure
That’s with just over 1200 votes in, and the poll is still open for those who haven’t voted yet.
So overall, in that poll, 59% want him sacked, 38% want to keep him, with 3% not sure. So you could say the position against Barton is hardening, with our readers.
A source close to Ashley said yesterday:
â€œMike is determined that Joey Barton should not go unpunished for letting the club down so badly.”
“We will not ignore what has happened and we will take action.”
â€œBut there has been no final determination as to what that punishment should be and we are not going to make any announcement until after his next trial at the end of June.”
“It would not be right to comment before then.â€
It’s a really tricky situation for the club, and we have no doubt that Kevin Keegan will make an attempt to keep him, whatever happens at his upcoming trial on June 30th.
He is accused at that trial of assault against his former Manchester City team-mate, French midfielder Ousmane Dabo.
But we’ll be pleased when all this is over, one way or the other.
It’s doing the good name of Newcastle United harm, with both the football public and our future potential players out there.