After the bad news this morning that Shearer and Barton were at each other’s throats after the Liverpool debacle, and that Barton has now been suspended from the Newcastle club indefinitely, Wilie Mckay, Joey’s agent, has come out to say Joey is going nowhere. Really?
Joey Barton – down and out – again?
Joey was already on a short leash at Newcastle, after serving time in jail last summer, so this latest outbreak from Barton will do absolutely nothing to help him, and will only further tarnish him, with being big trouble – for any club.
However, although Alan Shearer was no doubt furious with Barton after Saturday’s game, (who wasn’t?), his agent Willie McKay expects the player to remain at the Tyneside club for the next 3 years to see out his contract of £65K/week. But we stress that will not be Willie’s decision.
Willie McKay talked to the Daily Telegraph this morning:
“It’s ridiculous for people to claim that Joey Barton has played his last ever game for Newcastle United because he has three years left on his contract at St James’ Park and he wants to honor that commitment,”
“The club pay his wages and he is still absolutely 100 percent committed to the Newcastle cause and will be for the foreseeable future.”
“Obviously, though, it’s the club’s prerogative as to whether or not they decide they want to sell Joey or not but as far as he is concerned he remains firmly committed to doing his very best for the club.”
“Whatever people might say, Joey is still a very good midfield player.” “When he’s fit he’s one of the best players on Newcastle’s books and clubs like that generally don’t get rid of their best players do they?”
“Even if Newcastle do get relegated, Joey would want to stay on and play his part in making sure they bounced straight back into The Premier League but obviously the club may decide to sell him.”
“That will be their decision.” “I honestly think that in the cold light of day that the tackle wasn’t at bad as people first made out,” “Okay, it was a foul, but you see lots of far, far worse tackles up and down the country that don’t get red cards.”
“It wasn’t a two-footed challenge and Xabi Alonso wasn’t badly injured.” “But let’s remember who was Newcastle’s best player against Liverpool before that incident, and who was Newcastle’s most committed player before that incident? It was Joey Barton.”
“He’s had a frustrating time recently because of his foot injury and this was his first game back so he’s naturally very disappointed that his season has been brought to an end when Newcastle need him.”
It’s really difficult to defend Joey when he goes on like this – and if he was our best player before then, that’s even more reason for the club to be furious with him.
It’s what Alan said – he has again let both the club and himself down, and how many times he can do that without being sacked is a good question.
The best thing that Barton can do, for his own good, is lay low, and personally get in touch with Alan and apologize for his outbreak – but Shearer is a strong guy with an even stronger will, and it may be the gaffer’s already decided this man is on his way. You don’t cross Alan more than once.