Newcastle United boss Alan Shearer is reported this morning to have had a furious exchange with Joey Barton at the end of their defeat at Liverpool, it has been revealed.
Joey Barton – could have played last game for Newcastle
It’s another report from The Sun and this could also be a made up story, but we’ll have to see, and we would expect Alan to address this at some point in the next day or two and not let it fester.
Shearer was apparently steaming at the midfielder for getting sent off for an ugly late lunge at Reds rival Xabi Alonso, and you can hardly blame Alan or the fans at being less than happy with Barton for that.
The two of them are said to have argued in the dressing room after the game, and Joey did not let it go all one way it seems.
That proverbial Newcastle insider has been talking to The Sun again and this is what this phantom said:
“It was unbelievable. They were like two stags.” “Shearer told Barton he had made a mistake putting him back in the team, that he thought Barton was good enough to do it but he had shown he wasn’t.”
“Joey shouted at Alan that he was the best player at the club, which was why he had to play him.” “Alan said he wasn’t, called him s*** and Joey replied that he was a s*** manager with s*** tactics.”
“At that point, it looked like they were going to have a full-scale brawl and had to be dragged apart.” “Shearer was really angry, not just because of the stupid red card but because it means Barton will be missing for the last three Premier League games when Newcastle need everyone available.”
“Alan gave Joey the big build-up during the week, saying what an important player he could be in Newcastle’s fight against relegation, and then he does that.” “You wonder what goes on in Joey’s head.”
Shearer has already fined Barton two weeks’ wages (£120K) and the reports today suggest he has been suspended from the club. We woulkd expect sopme other clubs, who would need to be brave, would be considering whether to take on Joey Barton in the summer. We would hope to get our £5.8M back on him – hopefully.
After the game Shearer said:
“Barton wasn’t unlucky to be sent off, it was the right decision.” “We will be without him for the rest of the season and I’m not happy at all.”
“He has let me down, definitely, and the same goes for the whole club and himself. From a disciplinary point of view, I will do whatever I can.”
If this story is true it’s hard to see how Joey Barton will be staying at Newcastle, and we know a numnbe ron the board, would like nothing better than to have him leave the club and ply his off field antics elsewhere.
We would also hope that Alan doesn’t build walls between his players. He is very like Roy Keane – they were leaders as players with strong opinions, and now of course Roy is at Ipswich Town.
It seems the one thing Roy was not good at, was he criticized his players far too much, and in the end there were a number of Sunderland players more than happy when he finally got the boot.
We hope that doesn’t become Alan’s Achilles Heel, although we are talking about Joey Barton here, who is hardly a model footballer now, is he?
It could be that Joey will be on his way in the summer, certainly he is no good to the Newcastle club any more this season.
A statement on the Newcastle United Web Site this morning said:
Newcastle United can confirm that Joey Barton has been suspended from the club until further notice.”
“The club will be making no further comment on the matter at this time.”
The last thing you want is Joey Barton around the place, given he cannot play for us again this season – so this suspension makes sense.