Alan Pardew Likely To Request New Contract For Joey Barton

There’s little doubt that Joey Barton is now repaying the Newcastle club and their fans for all the daft stuff he got into during his first year on Tyneside.

Joey Barton with manager Pardew – is that homework he’s giving Joey?

Of course that ended up with Joey spending some time in jail in the late summer of 2008, but he seems to have put most of that behind him.

And Joey has seemingly been in the best form of his life this season, as he has already put in some tremendous performances for Newcastle this season.

New manager Alan Pardew seems to have  just about finished reviewing all the games Newcastle have played so far this season on video, and now he knows just how influential Joey is in the Newcastle side.

Pardew talked about one of his star players today:

“Joey is very influential for this team. His quality of pass has probably been significant this year in a lot of the goals we have scored.”

“Obviously, I have not been involved in most games, but I have reviewed them and Joey has been the heartbeat of most of our good stuff.”

“He is always going to have issues on the pitch because of the nature of his game.”  “He is aggressive and sometimes he gets singled out a little bit.”

“And sometimes, of course, he oversteps the mark just a wee bit, but not nearly as much or as often as he did when he was younger.”

“He is experienced as a professional now, and we are seeing perhaps the best of Joey Barton, and it’s brilliant that it is in a Newcastle shirt.”

Those are good words form the Newcastle manager and Alan is quite quickly getting the dressing room right behind him, as he takes control of the Newcastle club, at a very crucial part of the season.

We expect Alan to start pushing for a new contract for Joey Barton early in the new year, as he continues to try to keep the top Newcastle players on Tyneside, and as we all know Joey has just 18 months left on his current  contract.

A new five year deal agreed with Joey and his advisers would be just what the doctor ordered at Newcastle early in the new year, and we have to think that’s exactly what Alan Pardew will be talking with Derek LLambias about very soon, if indeed he hasn’t already done so.

Pardew continued to wax lyrical about Joey, who seems to love life at the Newcastle club:

“He has been absolutely excellent. He has got an opinion about all aspects of the game, which I have no problem with.”

“I think he feels he is playing well and that shows in training, and that’s an important factor in Joey.”

“If he feels he is playing well and he is on top of his fitness level, you will get the best out of Joey, and that’s where he is.”

There is  news today that Steven Taylor is within 24 hours of signing his new deal, according to the Evening Chronicle, and a permanent deal for Ben Arfa is very close, according to sources in France.

And we have to think that some of Alan’s discussions with Mike Ashley before he took on the huge Newcastle manager job a couple of weeks ago, centered on keeping these top players at the club.

And if the news today is to be believed, then Steven Taylor and Ben Arfa will be tied up fairly soon, and Alan may have also made sure there will be a good contract offer made to Joey early in the new year.

We certainly hope so, and it seems that the new manager has been very busy with things in these last two weeks, and not just on the pitch either.

We have to say, from what we can see so far, Alan is doing all the right things,  and very quickly too.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • LyNx@18

    Dec 23, 2010 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #1

    1st….good news to heard!

  • cupiddstunt

    Dec 23, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #2

    I’m worried about losing Joey the diff between his current wage and what MA wants to pay is quite large. So is Joey prepared to take a sizable hit or is Mike going to open the wallet which creates the problem knock ons whith the other wages

  • jimiley

    Dec 23, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #3

    Barton is on 60K. Mikes max is 30K. If another club offers 70 or 80K , what do you think Barton is going to do? Simples.

  • Sinner

    Dec 23, 2010 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #4

    Well,he laughed out being linked at other clubs,which means he is 100% committed to Newcastle.Beside the wage ceiling is at 45k if im correct.There are lots of fringe players at Newcastle which exceed this ceiling,why not dispose of them and give the contract to players who deserve them?:/
    In the likes of Alan Smith,Cambell and Xisco.

  • kikgras

    Dec 23, 2010 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #5

    any contracts given out will be incentive laden…the club does well, the player will do well…and why not? as well, the players on high wages and not finding the pitch should have concern…that is where the funds will come from to upgrade others, they’ll either be sold or have to take a reduced contract to stay.

    we all want EPL survival…but AP, give us Europe – the league is ripe for us to achieve THIS year!!!!

  • Howay The Lads

    Dec 23, 2010 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #6

    The wage structure is there to be broken really.

    Campbell and HBA were both signed on higher than £35 k a week, and I think Ashley genuinely doesn’t mind too much about paying our best players (like Barton) £50k a week. It’s the ‘dross’ that annoys him: Smith, Xisco, Geremi (obv. gone now).

  • baro

    Dec 23, 2010 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #7

    Joey Barton is the best team player on Newcastle. He is absolutely awesome! Great player and has learned his lesson before and he is now a great player, Alan Pardew needs to give Joey Barton a contract extension right now. He really deserved it!

  • Thump

    Dec 23, 2010 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #8

    You’re right, baro. Joey Barton certainly is a great player who has become a great player and hopefully will become even greater in his greatness.


  • balubas1

    Dec 23, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #9

    Barton is an effin brilliant player. He is quickly establishing himself in to a Toon Legend. If he stays with us out his career, he will be standing alongside Peter Beardsley and Rob Lee in the hall of gods.

    Sign him up on a 5 year contract. He has great physical attributes, so I think he can keep his game up until he is at least 33 yrs old.

    As for wage demands, I think Barton is willing to go down a bit. The general market for wages now are going downwards, and that is something a player (except in Man City) must accept. Also him saying he wants to see out his career in Newcastle (got to love it!) shows willingness to compromise. There will be a solution, I am sure of it.

  • balubas1

    Dec 23, 2010 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #10

    And thank you for the “thumbs” funtion Ed;) My idea.. hehe.

  • Teamstoof

    Dec 23, 2010 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #11

    Hi guys!

    Please can anyone of you check out ssn and se what they say about our game on boxing day, is it cancelled?

    My flight from sweden tomorrow has been cancelled and I wounder if I shoud re-book it or not.

    Thanks for your help!

  • leedodd

    Dec 23, 2010 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #12

    Joey Must Stay He is Our 3rd Best Player – if he carrys on he will be in the England Side With Big Andy !!! Give Him a New contract for 5 years until He Retires .

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 23, 2010 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #13

    Teamstoof, think you can rebook, last I heard on SSN was all PL games were still on. SJP is in the heart of the toon so there can’t be many road safety problems.

  • Charlietoon

    Dec 23, 2010 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #14

    I know is is off target but I read a good point. Carroll aint going nowhere for a while at least as he still has to live at Nolans….

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 23, 2010 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #15

    Charlietoon, no he doesn’t all charges have been dropped.

  • Ryan_NUFC88

    Dec 24, 2010 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #16

    IMO if Barton is saying he wants to stay here for the rest of his career he will be willing to take some type of drop in wages or stay the same. Hopefully if he did want a rise we can get rid of Campbell in January and free up some of the wage bill for barton/new signings 😀

  • Jose_Horny_Enrique

    Dec 24, 2010 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #17

    well i’m not gonna look too far into it, if he signs a new contract he signs a new contract, for now we need player like joey to be performing on the pitch 😀


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