We reported yesterday that Joey Barton was to be released from prison yesterday.
Â Joey Barton – in jail for another few weeks
That news was not correct, and it turns out and Joey Barton is now expected to spend up to one more month in prison.
He was denied early release with an electronic tag, because only last week he was given a 4 months suspended sentence at the Dabo trial in Manchester, and that hardly qualifies Barton from being released early, on good behavior, as we pointed out yesterday.
The 25-year-old midfield player had hoped to join pre-season training with the Newcastle United squad, but Joey will not now be available until the final weeks of pre-season.Â This will hardly help his case of staying at the Tyneside club.
He is now not available for the club, because of his own reckless behaviour, and it looks like Newcastle may need to get another player in for him, even if they decide to keep Barton, which has to be unlikely, we would think.
He is unlikely to be ready now for the start of the Barclays Premier League on August 16th.
Newcastle have confirmed they will hold talks with Willie McKay, Barton’s agent, when the player is released from prison – but we think that’s too long to wait.
The club should meet the player and his agent now, and make a decision on Barton’s future – otherwise this black cloud will hang over Newcastle’s pre-season training, until he is finally released, and that could take several weeks.
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