If You’re Looking For Trouble – Joey Barton Available

 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 thug  player.

25 comments so far

  • Doocey

    May 29, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #1

    Pity, quality footballer.

  • Tom4Nufc

    May 29, 2009 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #2

    I think he needs to be the first person out of the door in the new Shearer regime, 3million sounds like a good deal… Lets just hope Shearer gets appointed soon, as you say Ed and that we start to ship out the squad and pursue targets… I cannot wait for the transfer window to open!

  • sirjasontoon

    May 29, 2009 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #3

    Best Midfielder at the club be sorry to see him go..no doubt some ambitious 12 year old from the youth time will be able to fill his boots.

    I don’t agree with his past but we need to keep Joey.

  • ObaFan2

    May 29, 2009 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #4

    Good player, bad attitude and someone will take him.

  • Little Willie

    May 29, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #5

    Keep Barton?!

    He’s been a disgrace to the shirt and should have been kicked out last Summer but Keegan kicked up a fuss about keeping him.

    As for him being our best midfielder, that’s more a case of absence makes the heart grow fonder as apart from a handful of games at the end of last season in the 4-3-3 when KK was here he’s done nothing apart from bring shame on the club.

  • JackP

    May 29, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #6

    While I don’t want to give him away, I’d also hate to have him still on the books because we held out for too much… I’d probably settle for £2m.

    And while Owen was a terrible buy, and a fantastic waste of money, for me, the injury he picked up on England duty was the cause of that (he’s never been the same since). That wasn’t deliberate. And in Barton’s case, all of the trouble has been his own fault.

    As wastes of money go, Owen might be the bigger. But as wastes of space…

  • sahota

    May 29, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #7

    When will Shearer be announced our Manager ? 🙂 I am just waiting for that since morning today.

  • komfort

    May 29, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #8

    as i stated on prev thread , i can’t recall him playing for us .. sjt more likley he will fill in some 12 year old from the youth team !!

  • ObaFan2

    May 29, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #9

    At SJP against Villa Barton controlled mf and imo was our best game of the season.

  • Toonkistan

    May 29, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #10

    Ed i know u r deeply hurt like other lifelong fan but dont you think you’ve had enuff with Owens slagging as i well and truly believe hes been a scapegoat for other non-performers….can you not see we didnt have a good enuff midfield to supply…oops u forgot to mention how much his single goal cost the club :P:P Also i’d be a pity to lose barton becuase he couldve been some player….Anyways good riddance i guess….also please dont raise the expectation incase of shearer being named manager today because nothing concrete came out yet…also theres no guarantee we’d be setting championship alight under shearer….Just a hope 🙂

  • The Alchemist

    May 29, 2009 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #11

    I’m trying to look at this whole thing subjectively. What exactly has Barton done to be classed our best midfielder… What has he done to justify 64k a week..
    To be honest I wouldn’t want us to keep Butt even if he took a cut to 20k a week.
    We need young proven players with power and pace and we really should be putting in bids for the likes of Gomez, Delph Etc ast soon as possible.

    Even if we could get our players to take a 50% pay cut (no chance) they will still be on the same wages as the likes of spurs/everton etc.. None of them are worth this.

  • Mikey25

    May 29, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #12

    So many people say best midfielder at the club but why?? What exactly did he do with his time on Tyneside apart from wind a lot of people up and act like a kmobhead! He had one or two great games for us but that does not make a great player, Ameobi had one or two great games and people think he is the biggest waste of space on our team! Get rid, play Guthrie more and we’ll see what a good box-to-box midfielder should be like! Good to see a few players coming out of the woodworks and making comments tho,great to see our leader mr Owen coming out making his statement…….what a waste of 120k a week since he got here!

  • newcastle29

    May 29, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #13

    HE HAS TO GO!!!!
    if we kept barton it would be a negitive signal to the media,the fans,the new team we are trying to build and any future signings and in all would just not be right to keep him! he has had chance after chance and he has chose to do what he has done. goodbye joey and good luck to you and any team that may take you, but don’t even think about going to the mls as you won’t even get in the u.s.a. anyone who would want to keep barton at this club now is an idiot!! just think about all he hes done!

  • ObaFan2

    May 29, 2009 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #14

    I agree that Barton’s attitude stinks but it’s plain to see he is a good footballer.

    However good he would be for us next season I can’t see him staying especialy if Shearer is manager.

  • Macas35

    May 29, 2009 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #15

    Barton a good footabller? He’s hardly shown that while he’s been here. How many goals has he scored, how many assists? He might be the best of a bad bunch but that’s not saying anything really. If we get £3M for him I’ll be delighted.

  • Whumpie

    May 29, 2009 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #16

    I’m with Mikey – the chip-on-shoulder brigade on here idolise anyone who’s a proven waste of carbon, but can’t stand anyone famous or ‘clean’.

    Which, Ed, brings me to a question for you: how, exactly, is Owen worse value than Barton?

    Our top scorer, and he’s never done anything to damage the club’s reputation. Kept us in the premiership last year. Saw out his contract.

    About £250k a game.

    Barton: perhaps one or two outstanding games. Dragged our name through the mud on several occasions. Caused upset and division in the dressing room. A convicted, drunk, irresponsible yob. Two goals.


    Don’t put the two of ’em in the same sentence, Ed – never mind that way around.

    (Rubbish captain, mind.)

  • Whumpie

    May 29, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #17

    I’d take a bottle o’ Brown and a packet of KP for him. Send him to a secure clinic somewhere and write off the dosh. Sue him if you can, sell him if you can, but get rid. He represents so much of what is wrong with our club.

    The only black and white he’s fit to wear are arrows.

  • Toon_Factor

    May 29, 2009 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #18

    One more chance?

  • sirjasontoon

    May 29, 2009 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #19

    Argentine Takes Merit Marks Prize
    By Craig Hope

    Off NUFC Official Site 🙂

    JONAS Gutierrez has taken the nufc.co.uk Merit Marks star-player prize following his first season at St.James’ Park.

    The Argentine topped the table ahead of leading goalscorer Michael Owen and young defender Sebastien Bassong.

  • Whumpie

    May 29, 2009 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #20


  • Whumpie

    May 29, 2009 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #21

    I think we do forget too quickly those matches when Owen and Jonas have lit the side up. They didn’t get those points for nowt.

    But I still won’t miss ’em.

  • sirjasontoon

    May 29, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #22

    I haven’t rated Jonas at all played great 1st away game an man u…all about the end product though and I just aint seen it to be honest..tireless running anyone with a bit of fitness could do the headless chicken for 90 minutes.

  • sirjasontoon

    May 29, 2009 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #23

    I think for any awards to be handed out anyway after last season is a disgrace…collectively they where one big steaming 5hit pile.

  • toonluvva

    May 30, 2009 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #24

    Barton must be the only player who can start an argument in an empty room.
    My worry is that his reputation goes before him, and if Allerdyce would like to sign him I doubt Blackburns executive would sanction the deal.
    In fact I don’t think any other premiership club would touch him with the proverbial barge pole.
    Some people seem to think that we might be left with only 2 alternatives, either give him away on a free or be forced to keep in on at his current level of wages.
    Personally, I would like to see the new manager try to renegotiate Bartons contract with NUFC along the lines of him keeping out of trouble, and taking a wage cut with the possibility of a large bonus if we are promoted back to the PL at the end of next season.
    If we can’t shift, then lets try to make the best of a (very) bad job.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 30, 2009 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #25



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