All of the Newcastle first team squad will report to the Benton training grounds tomorrow except the 5 players who have been on International duty.
Joey Barton – will be moved out of club in summer
That will include Joey Barton, who still wants to stay on Tyneside, and help the club claw its way back to the Premier League next season.
If Shearer does become manager, then Joey will be moved out, even if it means sending the Scouser out on loan to some other other club, so Newcastle can relieve itself of his £65K/week, and his tendency for getting himself into trouble both on and off the field.
Alan Shearer will not tolerate a player of Barton”s demeanour, and his stroppy behavior after the Liverpool game where he was sent off, sealed the fate of the former Manchester City captain. He will be moved out as soon as Alan comes on board.
Caretaker manager Chris Hughton will take charge of the team tomorrow, and will be assisted by Colin Calderwood. Speaking on the return of Joey Barton, Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Everyone apart from the five international players will be back, including Joey.”
“I’ve not spoken to him, but he’ll be back for pre-season tomorrow, and we’ll take things from there.”
Joey could have been great for us on the field in the Championship next season, but his behavior after the Liverpool game proved to everybody that even now, he’s just too much of a risk, and will only cause unrest in the dressing room.
The very last thing Newcastle need next season are headlines that have nothing to do with what we do on the playing field. The club must move beyond that once a new owner and new manager comes in.
The five players who will not return until next week are those who have been away on International duty – Sebastien Bassong, Damien Duff, Geremi, Jonas Gutierrez and Xisco.
The club is in a terrible mess right now, and the preparations for the new season have been farcical at best.
We trust that Chris and Colin Calderwood can put some semblance of order into the training tomorrow, with the help if some of our senior professionals like Harper, Butt, and Beye, who will be staying at the club long-term.
The sooner we get a new owner the sooner this latest embarrassing soap opera at Newcastle will be over, and the sooner we can start to get ready for what is an extremely important season coming up.