One of the things that has worried us about Joey Barton, is that he has been reported to be on a wage of £67K/week at Newcastle.
Joey Barton – will he take a pay cut?
And the worry is that there is no way Newcastle will or can match that wage in a new contract, once negotiations on his new contract are fully underway.
The news this week is that during the transfer summit that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew had with owner Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias this week, the discussion moved to keeping the good players Newcastle already have on Tyneside.
And the two players who stood out are Joey Barton and Jose Enrique, since their contracts run out in 18 months.
Apparently, discussions may already be underway on Joey’s new contract with his agent Willie McKay, and McKay has said that Joey is very happy on Tyneside.
Alan Pardew hopes that a long term contract for Joey, which will be through the summer of 216, maybe containing some incentives on where Newcastle finish in the Premier League and the like, may be enough to keep Joey on Tyneside.
This is what Alan Pardew said about Joey:
“I think he has proved that he has repaired a lot of damage in his career, especially this season. I want to keep him at the club.”
While Joey is showing some of the best form of his career on Tyneside this season, it may surprise people that Joey has appeared only 67 times in the last 42 months for Newcastle – mostly because of some severe foot injuries.
And 20 of those appearances have been this season, when he’s also scored 3 of his total 6 goals for the Magpies.
So Newcastle really haven’t seen Joey play as often as they would have liked, given the huge wages he’s been receiving.
Barton, who is 28, and would be 33 in the summer of 2016, talked about the new contract:
“I don’t want to go. I am enjoying being at the club and hopefully they will get a new deal sorted out and I can stay for the rest of my career.”
Joey has 220 first class appearances so far in his career with 23 goals, and we have to hope that Newcastle pull out all the stops to keep Joey on Tyneside for the next 5 years.
In his 5 seasons at the Manchester City club, Joey had 153 appearances with 17 goals, so it’s only been at Newcastle, who signed him for £5.8M in the summer of 2007, where he’s had significant injury problems.
One thing that is not known about Joey, is that he gives the kids at Newcastle lots of support, and he can be seen at the Reserve team matches, because he seems genuinely interested in how the younger payers are faring at the club.
There’s little doubt when a fit Joey Barton plays for Newcastle United, we are a better team, and he just loves life on Tyneside, and he’s also looking to be successful in finally putting his very bad past – way behind him.