Will Joey Barton Take A Pay Cut To Stay At Newcastle?

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.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far


    Jan 16, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #1

    Lets hope so …. Barton is one of a few footballers who is potentially capable of saying to his agent that he is comfortable to fit within the wage structure … i actually think that if it came down to it MA would be prepared to match whatever wage anyone else would offer to keep him – cos no one else would offer more that say 40k per week .. except mebs Birmingham who are chucking cash around … hwtl

  • carrollsinger

    Jan 16, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #2

    This will prove if he takes the cut how he wants to play for the club and it’s about passion

  • Steve_48

    Jan 16, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #3

    Barton has come of age this season, his stray passes from midfield to attack have been brilliant to watch, we simply must keep him

  • stevep

    Jan 16, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #4

    why should he take a cut – 67k is about right for the clubs top performer, West Ham, Brum, Aston Villa are paying up to 90k a week for crap

  • hitman

    Jan 16, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #5

    why should he take a cut,hes playing great football,this is ashley being a tight ar$e..why bow to this man..fk him.

  • hitman

    Jan 16, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #6

    reward barton for all his hard work by giving him a pay cut..twat

  • Oleg G

    Jan 16, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #7

    I am with that guy ! 🙂

    Seriously thou, What? to Cut? he should get a raise. 70-75K I think is right way to go. The best player in the last 2 months and becoming a leader on the field (hopefully will become one off it as well).

    Enrique – Probably our most consistent player in the last 2.5 years, should get a raise too.

    Good players should be rewarded and show that if you put your talent to good use and play well, you get rewards.

  • Oleg G

    Jan 16, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #8

    Steve_48 – Why love needs to be in a way of a cut of his wage?

    If anything, throw Smith out and put some of his wages on the new contracts of our good players.

    What is this? we are begging for players to leave? We now Joy is here because he likes it here, because he loves the fans and the Club.

    He needs to show his love and commitment by player good and showing passion and spirit, not by cutting his wages – that is something I would expect of Smith, because he knows he is finished and no one will pay him even half of what he is getting now here.

    Sorry Smithy, you are a good man, But you suck.

  • neeraj

    Jan 16, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #9

    Mike still paid him, when Barton didn’t play almost nothing for 3 years…..

  • alip123

    Jan 16, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #10

    I think the financial cap limits actually have a really good effect, because there is no d***heads who are going to get arrogant because they are paid head and toes above everyone else. I think paying Barton the amount of money ppl like Carroll get would be good, because it would show he’s willing to take a wage cut, it means we are in financial prudence without cutting too drastically, and we have the core of our squad as well as the future of the team tied up for the next 4 years. I don’t like Ashley much and what he did to KK and CH as well as Alan Shearer was a disgrace, but he does know how to financially secure the club. I hope Pardew does sign someone else, and Ashley does back him. El Arabi would be a brilliant signing.

    Barton meanwhile has really impressed me with his attitude, and I think he’s turned the corner. Opposition players have been trying to wind him up but it has not worked, he’s been cool headed and it seems he’s turned round his life. People should stop giving him stick for what he did, especially the daily mail who cannot seem to appreciate that Newcastle may win because they are actually a good team this season???

    anyway, it would be good if we can get 3 points today. HWTL!!!!

  • Brutooon

    Jan 16, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #11

    If Cashley want to save money, then Cut down Alan Smith and Xisco , 60k and 50k respectively.

  • RichK

    Jan 16, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #12

    Clearly some of you have no business sense! There’s no way we can keep Barton on £70k a week, we need to cut our budget long term and work within our means! Spurs have a wage cap of £60k and they’re not struggling are they? Players like Van Der Vaart and Modric on £60k and less! Joey should accept a wage of around £40-45k to keep him at the club for the rest of his career if he wants to stay that badly that shouldn’t be a problem! As much as I like him (and he is our best player) I wouldn’t stretch beyond our means to keep him! No one other than Man City would match his current wages!

  • RichK

    Jan 16, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #13

    Brutoon, I agree both Smith and Xisco should be offloaded, not sure where you got those figures though, Smith is on no more than £50k and Xisco more like £35k


    Jan 16, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #14

    hitman! … hard work! .. dont you think 40k per week is enough? … considering no one else would be paying 70k to barton .. except mebs birmingham – why would we offer to give him an increase? .. where is the sense in that .. you just want to give money away?! ..

  • Brutooon

    Jan 16, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #15

    Question 1) Why are we trying to offload our best player because of budget issue

    Question 2) Why are we keeping the crap players WHICH are on high wages


    Jan 16, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #16

    Brutoon .. no one saying we shouldn’t try to get rid of players who are crap on high wages .. but same time, dont you see that people aren’t paying 60k a week, except for mebs Birmingham and considering they have just taken 2 players probs unlikely to take Barton altho it is possible, so if people arent paying 60k a week, then Barton will have to take a pay cut if he wants a new contract becos he won’t have an option .. im not sayin this is FACT .. this is what i think ..

  • nden85

    Jan 16, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #17

    he’s genuinely my favourite player at the moment, i wish the occasional blips he has would disappear from his game because he always makes all the right noises and seems like a genuinely intelligent lad (for a footballer that is). hopefully he’ll sign on for the rest of his playing days, stay injury free and maintain his form and we’ll be well set. think he would make a good coach and/or manager potentially, he’s matured a hell of a lot since prison.

  • andre29

    Jan 16, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #18

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  • Lyons

    Jan 16, 2011 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #19

    i’d love him to sign a new deal and i think he will, afterall we have done a lot for him and now he is doing a lot for us swings and roundabouts ay!

    Be another good bit of news if we can get him signed up and Jose aswell.


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