When Joey Barton was so unwise as to confront Alan Shearer in the dressing room, after he was sent off and banned for the rest of the season, after the Liverpool game, we knew this lad had just cooked his goose at Newcastle.
Bad boy Barton – no room for jail-birds at Newcastle
There is no way, as we keep saying, that you can argue with Shearer, when is manager at the club, and win, or even come close.
So it is hardly earth shattering news the Evening Chronicle is reporting today that Shearer will be offloading controversial midfielder Joey Barton.
That will set the tone of Newcastle’s new squad and will cut the wage bill by the £64K Joey is said to be earning at the club.
And as the Chronicle rightly suggests it will help to improve dressing-room harmony, and apparently Joey wanted to stay at newcastle and work with Shearer on rebuilding agreat side, he has been given klast last chance which we think was the 18th (or the 19th?) one he had been given in his career – and he hasn’t taken any one of them.
There’s only so far you can go when somebody continually messes up, and Manchester City fans were so right when they told us in July of 2007, we were buying trouble – big trouble.
Blackburn Rovers’ fans be warned.
And we are expecting Alan to be announced as manager shortly – and certainly today would be a good day to do it, before the weekend, so that Alan can get down to the very hard work ahead of him and his team, in the next four weeks before pre-season training begins.
Sam Allardyce signed Barton, but he had to persuade the Newcastle hierarchy to do that, but whether he can persuade Blackburn Rovers to do the same – will be a good question. If we can get £3M for him – good – take it – and get Joey out of Toon.
Apparently Gary Megson at Bolton says he may be interested too – we always thought Gary was a common-sense reasonable type of guy, but maybe not.
However, Newcastle mustn’t just give this player away we need all the money we can get.
We paid £5.8M for Joey from Manchester City and paid him £64K a week to drag Newcastle’s name through the mud over the last two years, and he even ended up in jail for his drunken attack on December 27th, in the center of Liverpool, at 5:00am in the morning, while he was a Newcastle player.
He’s almost as bad a buy as Michael Owen turned out to be.
Other clubs are very welcome this