Alan Shearer will be the only boss at Newcastle United, and it looks like Joey Barton has played his last game for the Tyneside club.
Alan Shearer – strong discipline to make Newcastle more professional
Behind closed doors the club realize they may need to take a loss on the £5.8M Sam Allardyce paid for Barton, but it’s clear after his open argument with his manager after Sunday’s game, when he was obviously at fault for being sent off for a wild tackle against Liverpool, he will be shipped out by Shearer this summer.
Shearer will not take any nonsense from his players, especially from Joey Barton. It is expected that Alan will take full control of management duties at the end of the season, whichever league we end up in.
It is also being reported that Alan is not too happy the news of the confrontation was leaked to the press, and there are reports the club is conducting an internal probe to see if they can pinpoint who leaked the news.
This is all an attempt by Alan to bring the soap opera, which has been Newcastle United over the last few seasons, to an end. Unfortunately, it may be that the team will drop down into the Championship, before coming back. We hope not, but that may happen, as we all know.
A senior source at St James’ Park, who is in all likelihood is Managing Director Derek Llambias, talked to the Daily Telegraph about Barton tonight:
“There are a number of clubs interested in him. He has played his last game for the club.”
“Alan Shearer has the board’s full backing in this matter. Joey’s behaviour was disgraceful and utterly unacceptable. He has run out of chances at this football club.”
Former Newcastle striker Malcolm Macdonald also talked about Joey Barton, who has been nothing but trouble on Tyneside:
“The guy has continually bought Newcastle United into disrepute,” “In the short time he has been at Newcastle, he has either been injured, in prison or in trouble. Heaven help whatever club he does join.”
Shearer has introduced stricter discipline at the club than has existed of late, which includes fines for being late for training or to team meetings, and apparently one player, we don’t know who, has criticized the rules, but he better watch out, because for the wages these players get, they should at least be on time for appointments.
Let’s face it, a number of them are spoiled brats, if the truth be told.
One senior player had said that it was only the very worst offenders who were complaining. Our advice to them would be shape up or be shipped out, it’s as simple as that.
A Newcastle United insider said:
“Alan may have been cracking the whip but it’s long overdue. He’s brought back discipline and professionalism that were watchwords for him in his playing days.”
“He has laid down the law but the players have welcomed his approach and as far as they’re concerned it’s created a more enjoyable working environment.”
“You can’t have the lunatics taking over the asylum. You can’t have people taking the —- out of the club and Alan’s determined that won’t be allowed to happen.”
“And with all the job losses around this part of the world, there won’t be too much sympathy for players getting fined for being late for work.”
Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, added:
“The prisons are full of people and you wonder whether they will ever learn. Joey has worked really hard with the Sporting Chance clinic and now this has happened. It’s one more time.”
“Of course people will run out of patience but you have to hope he’ll get there eventually as soon his career will be over anyway. I have a great deal of respect for Alan, he wanted to make a point.”
Although Shearer’s fledgling managerial career has been criticized by Barton, one of our senior and most respected players, Habib Beye, this morning gave the new boss his full suppport:
“I am happy with what he has done so far,” “He has passion and he knows the club better than anyone. I think, for everyone, it would be a good boost if he stays.”
Newcastle will hardly miss Joey Barton and the trouble he brings, and other players should shape up or be shipped out this summer.