It’s fair game in the press this week with all the upset at the Newcastle club.
Joey Barton – going nowhere
We’ve seen stories that the new manager will have £20M to spend in January, and we’ve seen a ridiculous article that Jurgen Klinsmann will be the new manager.
That latter turned out to be a betting web-site fake story to try to make some money, and unfortunately it looks like they did, with lots of bets being placed on Klinsmann – what a disgrace.
So we’re not surprised to see that some Newcastle players will be sold in January, and who better than to make that than Joey Barton himself.
We will not even give the article any credibility by quoting much of the nonsense in it, other than to say West Ham are supposed to be interested.
But then at the end of the story a West Ham source – that secret person who makes all the comments for these gossip newspapers, but they are never identified because they don’t exist – says Barton’s wages are too high for the London club to take him.
And the article started out by saying Newcastle wanted to unload Joey because his wages are too high at Newcastle – go figure.
Why would Newcastle want to sell Joey when they kept him during the Championship season, when the club were making less than half the revenues they are now?
But we said this week the £20M transfer fund story and the Jurgen Klinsmann story were all nonsense, which of course they were – and it doesn’t take a genius to realize that.
But what we will say is that we do have a worry that some Newcastle players may indeed leave in January – but the reason will be because they are fed up with the club, and especially if the new manager Alan Pardew doesn’t make a good impression on them – quickly.
Depending on what happens with the relationships between the new manager, Alan Pardew, and some of the senior Newcastle players, some players may just become so fed up on Tyneside they may want to leave – and that’s a real possibility.
But Alan hasn’t even met with the players yet, he’ll take the training for the first time today and has presumably held a meeting with the playing staff this morning – and we hope it all goes very well.