Newcastle Have Only Limited Options With Barton

The Daily Telegraph is reporting that Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton will refuse to accept a cut in his £60K per-week basic wages.


Joey Barton – leaving  jail Monday morning – so pleased he didn’t wear his Newcastle jersey

Barton, 25, left Manchester’s Strangeways jail on Monday after serving 74 days of a six-month sentence for attacking a teenager in Liverpool city center.

He immediately headed to Newcastle, across the Pennines.

The Telegraph is reporting that Barton has been informed by his lawyers that he does not have to accept any pay reduction.

That was threatened by Newcastle club owner Mike Ashley, earlier this summer,  although Newcastle have refused to pay Barton during his time in jail.

The Newcastle club has been informed by lawyers, that in fact they are in no position to dismiss him, then retain his registration and claim compensation if he is hired by another British club.

That was a strategy the club was looking to play out at one time, and while that situation would change if Barton moved abroad, that is only a remote possibility.

Newcastle therefore risk losing Barton for nothing just one year after bringing him to Tyneside from Manchester City for £5.8M.  Reports suggest that Mike Ashley is not prepared to write off this amount of money.

The strange thing is that Barton’s importance to the Newcastle club has, if anything, increased since he’s been in prison, given the Tyneside club’s difficulties in the transfer market so far this summer.

Keegan has said he wants to hold on to every player currently at the club, apart from Shola Ameobi, who is almost certain to leave before the end of August.

Barton has made it very clear he sees his future at Newcastle United, and he was accompanied by his agent, Willie McKay, for talks with Newcastle’s board, yesterday, after which they issued a rather terse statement that they would be retaining Barton, and said that was the last time they would comment on the situation.a

But we think it was Keegan who Ashley listened to, and Kevin wants to rehabilitate his player, and Mike is a wise man in that he will unlikely go against his popular manager’s wishes.

We still would like the club to announce exactly what they will be doing with Barton, and what programs they will put him on so that the same think is unlikely to occur again.

Although we understand the club would like not to comment on the situation again, they will just have to put out a statement, probably jointly with Barton, to say what their plan of action is.

That would be good PR, and saying nothing is not good PR – as they’ve hopefully learned this summer.

We’d also like to hear from the player himself – since we have no idea if he’s even sorry for what he’s done, since he’s said absolutely nothing about his convictions.

Finally, if you haven’t voted in our new poll, please do so on whether you think Newcastle are right to keep Barton at Newcastle.

62% of our readers think it was the right decision – so far in the poll.

Comments welcome – but please keep them civil – thanks.

42 comments so far

  • LoonyToon

    Jul 30, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #1

    The press are having a field day with this arnt they…(shake of the heeeed)

  • James

    Jul 30, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Yet again Barton drags our name through the mud in every paper. How are we supposed to attract players when this lout plays for us?

    Thanks a bunch Fat Sam for bringing this moron to our club and paying him such high wages.

    When he messes up again and goes back to prison, the media will be all over our backs again saying why didn’t we act properly the first time. At least Nike have some common sense and morality, even if our board doesn’t.

  • AlexW

    Jul 30, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #3

    it just shows how corrupt the countries prosecuting system is by him serving only 74 days of a 6 month sentance, that is disgusting and gives kids the incentive to commit such crimes as this prick has done.

  • Bingo wing

    Jul 30, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #4

    struggling to decide which two away games am gonna a go to next season, anybody got any advice to give me its between:

    Aston Villa


  • Black and White Blood

    Jul 30, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #5

    Well he’s here and Keegan’s keeping him, therefore we should all just get on with it, all our catty comments merely fuel press preasure!!!!

    I said Newcastle should’ve sacked him once he was found guilty, they didn’t, and he remains here, and as much as I don’t like him, I will support him because he’s been giving a 2nd chance, therefore lets give him it!

    Is there any further news on the proposed transfer o fFabricio Coloccini..? Does anyone else find it bizarre that the club has yet to confirm the signing of Bassong – wonder if this would indicate a big unveiling of new players..?

  • The Second Coming

    Jul 30, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #6

    Sometimes bad publicity and appearance of weakness against misbehaviour can’t be directly measured financially but will have a long term effect.

    I wonder if the Toon really need this player as much as we don’t need everything that’s came with him.

    Cheers Sam Allardyce!

  • Barry Cock

    Jul 30, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #7

    “it just shows how corrupt the countries prosecuting system is by him serving only 74 days of a 6 month sentance, that is disgusting and gives kids the incentive to commit such crimes as this prick has done.”

    I have mentioned in a previous post that any jail term given at 4 years or less, the offender serves half of the sentence. Joey Barton spent between 2 and 3 weeks in jail at the start of the year and has now served the other 74 days. That is the 3 months of the 6 month term.

    I agree its not right but this reduction of sentence has not been given to Joey Barton because of who he is. It is what the law of the land says should happen.

  • broon ale

    Jul 30, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #8

    bingo wing. go to the spurs game for a guarenteed 3 points 🙂

  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 30, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #10

    Ed, i’m not having a go man, but…
    …Can this be the last Barton story, at least until he does something good for the Toon or under-privelidged kids or something?..

  • Flan

    Jul 30, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #11

    Make him captain and increase his wages that’ll show them 🙂

  • Micky Toon

    Jul 30, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #12

    My take is on this is that we shouldn’t have signed him in the first place, but we did so we need to deal with it. The best solution is a double edged sword with two outcomes. The preferable result will depend on your own morales.

    Barton comes back into the side and plays a blinder. He is NUFC’s best midfielder up to the end of the year.
    Do we now a)Cash in on him and get rid of the scumbag once and for all? or b)Swallow our pride and push our morales under the carpet and keep him as he is playing so well?

    Like I said which ever outcome you prefer is down to how badly you rate his crimes and the damage it has done to the club.
    What the club cannot afford to do is to let him walk on a free. But we need him to be playing well in order for us to be able to off load him to another club for as much money as possible. That’s if someone else would have him. You never know fat sam may get another job and fancy taking barton with him.

  • Beattie

    Jul 30, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #13

    James – Nike are hardly in the same boat as us are they?

    they cancel a contract where they pay a player 40000 a year to advertise their boots, he’s hardly going to be selling any for a start is he?
    what do they stand to lose from cancelling the contract? nothing

    we on the other hand lose one of our better midfielders, and a 5mil investment, only to see him waltz into another team

  • ObaFan2

    Jul 30, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #14

    Punk Skunk, I agree, borrrriing, bring on the new season, well this mini tourny for starters 🙂 Friday night first game?

  • Irish John

    Jul 30, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #15

    This is getting so boring

  • Davies

    Jul 30, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #16

    I’m with you on that one Punk Skunk. Too much of this already.

  • Davies

    Jul 30, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #17

    Good one Flan/Oliver/Fernando

  • Bmore

    Jul 30, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #19

    Perhaps it is the kick up the @rse he needs.

    2 months in Strangways can’t be easy – lets hope it has made him take stock of the lucky position he is in and makes a go of trying to be a top footballer.

    I don’t agree with the decision – but it’s been made. So lets move on and support the guy & KK.

    I just hope he doesn’t bring his new shower routine into the changing rooms.

  • Wallsend Will

    Jul 30, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #20

    I’ve said it before, if KK wants to keep him then it’s OK by me. As to some form of punishment by the club, well how about a FINE? After all a proposed reduction in his wages would mean changing his present contract to a new one, requiring compex negotiations mutually agreed etc. However a significant fine under the club’s existing disciplinary procedures may work?
    The big BUT however, is it possible to FINE a player a maximum £1,000,000.00 (Payable say in weekly instalments of £20,000.00)

  • ToonKing

    Jul 30, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #21

    Your just adding fuel to the fire Ed.

    Joey is out now and the story is over, let’s concentrate on more important affairs.

  • stk

    Jul 30, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #22

    im all for rehab and getting him back in the fold, but seriously, he cant just claim fll wages as if nothings happened.

    if he wants to play hardball after been given so many chances, the ashley should come down on him like a ton of bricks. if he won’t take a pay cut by 20k at least (whilst he spends two years regaining trust and helping kids soccer schools etc) then get rid

  • Obafan

    Jul 30, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #23

    The stories around Barton may stop now. We’ve (I tho’) got enough read about this bad boy. He reamins at the club and there is nothing we can do about it, whether we like it or not. Let us all hope Barton can prove that:
    1. he can behave like a normal person
    2. he has got the talent to become a fantastic player

    Oh and the last thing about this. The mistake was made last year by SA. He should have been smart enough not to get a player who constantly makes mistakes in his life. But we’ve got him now so we should all support him (also because KK wants to give him a last chance).

  • dick

    Jul 30, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #24

    so much for the storey that toon had a get out clause with city if he was convicted for his assault at their training ground, what an idiot fat fred was

  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 30, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #25

    Aye lads, Obafan2 & Davies, let’s move on, huh?..
    …Like Obafan2 says, isn’t there a bunch of football matches coming up?..

  • Toon1978

    Jul 30, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #26

    Sick to death of hearing about this arse hole let him go cut our losses with him he really aint worth the hassle.
    He will realise one day when he’s got a 9 to 5 job working for pennies the mug that he is.

  • Geordie Nick

    Jul 30, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #27

    dick- wasnt tht rumour of the cluae only if he went to prison for the training ground attack, tht wat i heard anyway, and he only got a suspended sentence for tht incident

  • ObaFan2

    Jul 30, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #28

    Think we’ve got some “German” club on Friday 🙂 Can anyone confirm the fixtures? Should be a good test and if Spidey plays on Friday as KK was hopeful of, could be an interesting match.

  • Michael

    Jul 30, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #29

    I think the comments from coloccini’s agent about slavery are just a bit of mind games, he’s trying to get the Deportivo board to cave in.

  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 30, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #30

    Hertha Berlin on friday, Mallorca on sunday…Both games on setanta sports!..Live!..

  • toonoot

    Jul 30, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #31

    Ed. Drop it.

  • neeraj

    Jul 30, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #32

    is there a barber in the prison coz i see a new elton john look for joey
    hope he performs as good as he did……….

  • stjames

    Jul 30, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #33

    Is Joey wearing an electronic tag? If so for how long and will he be playing with one?


    Jul 30, 2008 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #34

    Unrelated subject lads was just looking on sky sports forum & their banging on about Ashley wanting to sign beckham! i’m sure this was an old story dragged back up but i for one would welcome that! he’s still top class & would create sh#t loads of goals for Owen Oba & Vids! mind you we’d have to pay him like £150,000 a week! but he would do the no7 justice!

  • bob marley

    Jul 30, 2008 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #35

    eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee if mike ashley gave us 60 million- top 4 finnish:

    Van der Vaart+ Nigel De Jong= 30 mill
    Wanock- 5 mill
    Bentner- 15 mill
    Colocini- 10 mill

  • Bmore

    Jul 30, 2008 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #36

    VDV is joining Real Madrid for €10m

    Maybe we should try for Drenthe – he must be down the pecking order now

  • oga

    Jul 30, 2008 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #37

    Why would he take a reduction in wages? All we can do is fine him for breach of contract or sack him!

  • chuck

    Jul 30, 2008 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #38

    Pretty sad state of affairs when a large no. of fans are willing to accept this sociopath, who has shown no sense of regret, made no public apology and whoes main concern is about not taking a wage cut.
    Sure lets just sweep it under the rug , after all Joey is a decent Player Etc.
    So for all you pro Joey guys, this is the kind of person you want to represent both NUFC and in turn YOU ?
    Think about it !
    As for KK and Ashley (we will not make any further comments) does`nt take Sherlock Holmes to figure out why £££££££.
    But its bad PR. for both you and the club.
    A public apology and an anger management program would be a start, have you people no
    idea about how to deal with this stuff ?

  • reillers

    Jul 30, 2008 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #39

    The fact that he only got 6 months in the first place was annoying but the fact that he only had to serve a wee bit of that, 74 days, is worse. One rule for the famous and one rule for the rest of us.

    This could well be bull but if it’s not, if I were him, I’d be happy to take a pay cut, he should be happy that he has a club to go to. He hasn’t got much to bargin with has he, something tells me that the..If you cut my pay I’ll leave..threat wont work in this circumstance.

    I don’t care how good a footballer he is, he’s lucky enough that they kept him on, which I’m glad they did because he should be given one more chance to prove himself, but he should be grateful for what he’s got, a lot of clubs would have dumped him at the side of the road the minute he was convicted.

  • Lawman

    Jul 31, 2008 at 1:43 AM

    Comment #40

    KK only wants to keep him cos we can’t sign anyone to replace him….. and no bloody wonder when we have scumbags like him in the squad. Who’d want him as a team mate – one bad training ground bust up and you’ll end up like Dabo.

    Catch 22!!!


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