Alan Shearer Unwilling To Work With Joey Barton Again

We understand there is a meeting today between the Newcastle United hierarchy and Joey Barton and his agent, Willie McKay.


Alan Shearer – Newcastle manager has had it with Barton 

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the future of Joey Barton at the Newcastle United club.

Alan Shearer had said the club was looking into a few things following Joey’s blow up at his manager after the Liverpool defeat, and an announcement  would be made when the time was right.  

Barton had just managed to get himself sent off and suspended for the rest of the season in the Liverpool game.   And that was after his first start since January.

There’s absolutely no doubt that Joey Barton still wants to stay at Newcastle and will apologize to Shearer for his outbreak, which he’ll say was in the heat of the moment, and that he was as upset as anybody at the time, for being sent off.

However, Shearer has always been a man of steel, and the reports are that Shearer is unwilling to work with the controversial midfielder ever again.

His agent Willie McKay said this morning:

“Joey has three years left on his contract at Newcastle. It’s as simple as that at the moment.”

It’s also simple to end the contract of a player who has served time in jail, and argued with his manager in front of the other shocked players. Well it would be in any other line of work, let’s put it that way.

We’re sure if Newcastle present the facts of Joey’s behavior since he arrived at Newcastle, plus his blow-up with Shearer, the club has enough due cause to sack him.

However, we shouldn’t do that, but issue a club statement that we will sell him in the summer, and that he has no future at Newcastle United, and has played his last game for the club.   And then sell him to the highest bidder.

You do not cross Alan Shearer more than once, but we already knew that – it’s a pity Joey keeps failing to learn from his many previous mistakes.

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • Robby Bobson

    May 13, 2009 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #1

    Sack him….make him pay us 6 million for his transfer fee. Worked with Mutu at Chelsea who had to pay 12 million.

    Shame becuase Barton is an exceptional player. The villa game showed this where he dominated Barry and Reo-Coker all game.

  • beyethegreat

    May 13, 2009 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #2

    agreed ed

    i was all for supporting jb at the beginning of the season i thought he would have changed i was wrong but i cant say im too surprised

  • Hugh Jorgan

    May 13, 2009 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #3

    The little weasel should be sacked.
    A leopard never changes it’s spots, so they say.
    How many chances should Joey Barton get ?

  • JJJ

    May 13, 2009 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #4

    Yes, he disappointed me, and I really dont think we are capable of attracting another box to box midfielder of his ability here at the moment, but he has had his last chance and he has to go…

  • Little Willie

    May 13, 2009 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #5

    It’s Keegan’s fault he’s still here as they wanted to get rid of him last Summer, unfortunately you can’t sack someone for getting sent off so we’re stuck with him for the moment.

  • DrNewcastle

    May 13, 2009 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #6

    I think Barton has the potential to be a great player, but after he did with Shearer , we have to get rid of him, shearer is the man to get some Order and professionalism in Newcastle!!

  • DanToon

    May 13, 2009 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #7

    I thought Shearer was only hear for two more game’s so this topic is irrelevant isn’t it? 😉

  • Whumpie

    May 13, 2009 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #8

    Yep, Allerdyce was a tool for signing him, KK was gullible in keeping him, and I’m delighted that Big Al is having none of it.

    The Mutu case shows the way to go. I don’t care if Joey is getting his life back on track – this football club is not a rehab centre.

    And the next time someone moans about how much Owen costs per goal, remember this: Barton has cost over HALF A MILLION PER APPEARANCE!!

    If we stay up, and Shearer stays, we’ll have no problem getting a much better replacement.

    Besides – apart from that Villa match, where he was ok, but hardly a Gerrard, was he really that good?? Not really – we just project onto him this romantic notion of an exceptionally talented bad-b0y, and it’s just not true. It’s just the last bit.

  • DevonMag

    May 13, 2009 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #9

    If only he wasn’t such a n0b. Quality player, so much better than anyone in our midfield. With him in the side I could fully see us doing the double over villa and possibly beating fulham too. I would be extatic with a win/draw against the cottagers on saturday. One more point will essentially see us safe I reckon, three more will 100% garuntee safety.

  • DevonMag

    May 13, 2009 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #10

    Gonna have to disagree with you there Whumpie mate, he is class. Undeniable class, strong, great tackler, can pick out a pass and deliver it too. Just the sort of player you want as your engineroom. He’s a poor man’s Gerrard and a rich man’s Reo Coker.

  • magforlife

    May 13, 2009 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #11

    But also an increasing liability on the pitch, if he didnt get sent off at Liverpool then iw was odds on that in the heat of the Boro game he would have imploded. Yes he had a good game against against Villa but also stupidly had a poke at Agbonlahor and gave the chip papers a mountain of ammunition, i have said in the past that his off field behaviour should not be taken into account but im afraid both are merging into one.

  • Whumpie

    May 13, 2009 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #12

    Nah – I reckon he just talks a good game, but on the field it was all bluster, fouls, attitude and injuries.

    I’m not saying he wasn’t our best in the middle – but not as good as some – including himself – are saying.

  • Girth

    May 13, 2009 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #13

    can i just start by saying that i love this blog and i think you have done an excellent job Ed, but i have to say that this piece is no more better than what the dirty tabloids write. All conjuncture, all personal opinion and no fact! There is no proof to back up your headline and i dont see the point in even writing this apart from the aspiration of obtaining some rousing, moronic responses, i mean look at some of the comments, tantamount to ‘put him in the stocks’…

  • Ross

    May 13, 2009 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #14

    Barton is the best midfielder we have, hence his pathetic behaviour being as annoying as it is. I’ve defended him since the moment he turned up to the club but its just been one ridiculous situation/action after another. Only so long he can get away with the rubbish and if Shearer isnt willing to keep him on then you have to respect his decision. It doesnt matter whether Shearer is only here for another couple of weeks or for the long term, Joey doesnt seem to pay much attention to any manager that is put infront of him regardless of what he says or does to help. Pretty gutted about the whole thing considering he could be really, really good for us but if the decision has been made it has to be respected. Obviously Mckay will say he’s a Newcastle player but we all know what he’s like and he isnt going to turn round and say “Joey has acted terribly, obviously the club are going to ditch him”

    a shame, it could have worked out so much better for everyone involved.

  • Big Dave

    May 13, 2009 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #15

    Ross 100% agree mate I even touted him as a future captain of the club but enough is enough

  • Nick D

    May 13, 2009 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #16

    Ross you’re right, McKay is a truly vile example of the modern day agent.

    To do what Barton did with just a few minutes remaining was just totally un-needed and moronic.

    Barton never uses his brain to look at the bigger picture, but always gives in to his base thug like instincts, time after time, after time.

    He got away with it with KK, who stupidly kept making a case for him, but thank god Shearer is made of sterner stuff and won’t put up with his nonsense any more, like an old school dinosaur like Kinnear would.

    McKay and Barton just know that he wouldn’t get anything like we pay him anywhere else, so just sack him and be done with it.

  • Ross

    May 13, 2009 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #17

    Big Dave-i did exactly the same mate and had he been able to channel his aggressive, heart on his sleeve nature into a positive and fair way of playing his football then i certainly feel he would have been captains material, without a doubt.

    Nick D-i also agree, Mckay is pathetic. You just need to look at the majority of cases of dodgy transfer dealings within English football from the past few years and his name will be in there somewhere. Obviously its his job to defend Barton, he needs to make his product attractive to other clubs but you’d think if he had any sense even he would have had a quiet word in Joey’s ear regarding his actions. Maybe even something along the lines of “right, you’ve acted like an idiot and got away with it, be careful from now on” would have sufficed. Who knows, maybe he has done and Joey is just living in his own world, seemingly reluctant to take direction from anyone. You hear all these stories about how well he has done in rehab and how smart a lad he is, how ashamed he is of himself..why is he going to ground in the manner he did first game back for us then?, completly mindless. Clearly any of that theropy goes right out the window and he inexplicably see’s red (quite literally), without any reasonable explanation. Like i said before its a real shame, he could have been an excellent player for us.

  • Ross

    May 13, 2009 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #18

    Also Ed, if the club do issue a statement claiming we’ll sell him to the highest bidder come the end of the season, he’ll go for pennies, making the whole situation even worse. You’ve gotta believe there wont be a huge number of clubs breaking our door down for his services having watched from afar the way he’s behaved since turning up at Newcastle, and they’ll all know to bid small as we’re seemingly desperate to get rid of him. No club will want to get into a serious bidding war for him as far as im concerned, and i can us making a real loss, just to add salt to the wounds.

  • boater

    May 13, 2009 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #19

    Ross… McKay WILL be telling JB to stop ballsing up his career – behind closed doors.

    A question… is this debate – the ‘last straw’ or whatever about his sending off or the supposed clash with shearer in the dressing room..
    if it was the sending off then I think everyone’s over reacting. It was moronic and futile but separate from his stellar thug CV.. the bust-up?? Wasn’t that a tabloid gossip story?

  • chuck

    May 13, 2009 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #20

    Barton is a liability he brings discord to the team and is probably a sociopath.
    He has shown little remorse for his actions, regardless of his footballing abilities the club is better off without him.
    Which does`nt mean we should give him away
    sell him for the going price, i am sure there are plenty of clubs sniffing around.

  • marshy

    May 13, 2009 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #21

    I always worried whenever he played[which wasn’t very often] that he would be sent off,two of my other worries are butt and smith.butt is so slow that he can only trip opponents up as they leave him behind and smith launches himself from so far away that the time he reaches the player the ball has gone.

  • 51times

    May 13, 2009 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #22

    Best to just sell him now, he’s let all of us who defended him down.

  • NicoGF

    May 13, 2009 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #23


  • bowburnmag

    May 13, 2009 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #24

    Barton is a real bell-end. I’m sick of trying to convince myself he deserves a chance and would take it. He’s a lost cause.

  • Ross

    May 13, 2009 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #25

    Areet boater, mate for me it wasnt the apparent bust up, the only people we’ve heard from regarding that is the tabloids and we all know how they like to take a pop at us, especially in difficult times such as these. (However, should it come out that the story be true, then he has to go regardless)

    The thing thats got me frustrated was the sending off. Not in the manner it happened, either. All players make stupid tackles, its not the first time Barton has done and it wont be the last. It was more just what it symbolised. Here’s a player who has been in and out of jail since joining us, has been in serious trouble and every manager that has been with us has said
    “he’s a good lad, he has potential, i want to keep him”
    To be honest, i dont think he’d have found that at many other clubs, throughout the premier league. Maybe in hindsight it was foolish on our behalf, however we as a club and a group of fans stuck behind him. So, upon his return, what happens? he lets us all down, once again. There was no need to make the tackle and how he thought he was going to get away with it given his reputation, i’ll never know. Maybe he thought he genuinly won the ball but he knows the way the rules work these days and he again just lost his cool and put us at a serious disadvantage. You can just imagine every other neutral fan sitting watching thinking “good old joey barton, never changes”..and there’s Shearer and our club in general looking the mug for persisting with him.
    He’s been given all the chances he deserves. In and out of jail, in and out of therapy but if there’s anyone he’s been able to count on throughout it all, its been Newcastle United. Should the bust up have actually taken place, then you really have to wonder what goes on in his head. Obviously its all tabloid rubbish, but im sure a relatively well respected paper spoke to some sort of club representitive (rather than your proverbial insider) who said that Barton will not play for us again?.. i dunno if a silly sending off would warrant that..if it turns out Shearer is refusing to work with him, its obvious what happened and he deserves to be booted out on his arse sadly

  • sahota

    May 14, 2009 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #26

    I think he was given fair chance by Newcastle to get his life and profession back on track. I think manager is just like teacher to you or like a parent. If he says you something, you just need to respect that. Might be in Shearer wanted Barton to play every remaining game , so he was very upset that he got red card. If Barton simply could have apologized and remained calm, I am sure situation would have been better. As next day shearer would have realized that anyone can sometime do foul and get red card.

    I still think Barton is good player and still wish him good luck. But he did big mistake of shouting at Shearer.

  • Sav

    May 14, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #27

    I agree with Whumpie’s assessment of barton as a player – a half decent player in a poor midfield. But this sin’t just about barton any more. The issue is the club and the morale of the dressing room. Joey hasn’t got to have a second chance with every manager – he has had several chances with the Club and he’s missed no opportunity to dump us in the brown stuff. And against that (not that it really makes any difference) in how many games has Barton turned the tide and shown his (one cap) England form?
    Shearer is right to draw a line through this loser and start regaining some respect for the club itself.


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