The papers are full of the news this morning that Joey Barton will leave Newcastle, if as expected, Alan Shearer stays on as manager at Newcastle United.
Alan Shearer – if he stays Joey goes
And something very clear has come out of this fracas, and that is that Alan Shearer will stand no nonsense from any of his players, and it’s probably just as well that Joey goes now, since it’s rather unlikely he can fit into a disciplined Alan Shearer side at Newcastle.
And it’s clear that Newcastle United’s players support Alan Shearer in his row with Joey Barton. The reports this morning also suggest that Shearer would like to rip up Joey’s contract at Newcastle, which is for £65K/week, and still has 3 years to run.
But not with Shearer at Newcastle, and the club should try to get as much as they can for the player since it seems, however strange, that he still has some suitors in the Premier League.
Joey Barton was completely ignored by Shearer as he left the pitch on Sunday, and the Liverpool-born player had once again left both himself, Shearer and the Newcastle club down.
We had thought when Shearer was appointed whether Barton would have a future at the club, but only last week Shearer had said Joey had done everything asked of him and he hadn’ty been any problem – but that all changed on Sunday.
An apparently livid Shearer told Joey after the game:
“That was a coward’s tackle.”
Barton is known all too well for his temper and rather reckless behavior, and he replied to the comment with a tirade against his manager – which turned out to be a huge mistake.
Reports suggest that Shearer was furious with the player, but managed to restrain himself in front of his players, but assistant manager Iain Dowie intervened and Joey then called him a “a p***k.”
Then apparently when Barton called Alan’s tactics s**t, Iain asked him why he hadn’t mentioned that during the previous week, and Barton had no real answer. Remember, it’s easy to criticize, but more difficult to come up with alternatives, which is what irresponsible people keep doing, all the time.
Not surprisingly the players were shocked at the antics of Barton, but they were supporting their manager on the training ground yesterday, and this may be just what the side needs to bring the lads more together. We need the side stronger in spirit because if somebody feels like Barton, but says nothing about it, it will simply undermine the team, and Alan.
It’s not the first time Alan will be involved in something like this, but if there’s one thing with Shearer, he will be the boss, and his players will be moved out if they don’t tow the line – that was a message every single player received on Sunday.
Tow the line for Shearer and Newcastle, and the players will be just fine, and that’s the way it should be.