Joey Barton is reported to be scheduled to meet with Newcastle United officials today, following his release from prison yesterday.
Joey Barton – to meet with Newcastle officials today
The 25-year-old midfielder left Strangeways prison, in Manchester, yesterday, after serving 74 days of a six-month sentence for assault and affray.
As expected, Barton has been summoned, along with his agent, Willie McKay, for talks at Newcastle, which will determine whether he has a long-term future at St James’ Park or not.
Certainly there has been a furious backlash from Newcastle fans yesterday and today, as it appears the club will be giving Barton another chance.
We are careful not to say this is a second chance, because he’s already had multiple chances, and managed to squander every one of them.
So we think it important that once Newcastle have met with the player, that the club releases a statement, informing the fans and others, what their course of action will be.
We’ve all waited long enough for the club’s verdict on this.
Barton has to wear a tag as part of his early release, and will continue to receive treatment for alcohol-related issues.
We expect to hear from the club at the latest by tomorrow, on Joey Barton’s future, or lack of it, at the club.