Joey Barton – Contract Negotiations Going Well

After Alan Pardew hinted that Newcastle star player, Joey Barton,  is near to agreeing a new contract at Newcastle, Joey himself has come out today and said the negotiations have been going in the right direction.

Joey Barton – in action Saturday – huge player for Newcastle

Joey had another good game on Saturday and he’s in the best form of his life,  and is now a huge player in Newcastle’s future, and Alan Pardew has made sure Joey knows that too.

Joey talked to the local  Evening Chronicle today about the contract negotiations, which are being handled by his agent, Willie McKay

“I’ve started discussions with the club, and everything seems to be going in the right direction.”

“So hopefully we’ll get that sorted as soon as possible, and I can just concentrate on doing my utmost for Newcastle United.”

“I want to stay here.”

While Newcastle are doing quite well in the Premier League this season,  it may be a bit early to think we’ll be playing in Europe next season.

Of course, if the lads on the other hand get say 30 points from their last 15 games, (we’ve had 8 from our last 4 games and been unlucky too), we’re in Europe, whether we like it or not.

We’ll like it – for sure. 😀

But we’re still only 8 points above the relegation zone too, and first things first – let’s get to at least 40 points before we all start to talk about anything  other than survival for this season.

But Barton, like a number of Newcastle fans, think the club is now thankfully heading in the right direction:

“It was disappointing to get knocked out of the FA Cup, but realistically I’m not sure we have the squad to compete on all fronts.”

“The pace that the Spurs game was played at was the hardest I’ve played at for a long time. The body is under a lot of strain.”

“Man U and Chelsea use the squad rotation system so players can get a breather.”   “We aren’t able to do that at the minute until we improve the squad.”

“Realistically our goal was to consolidate Premier League status.” “We’re on target to do that if we can win our next two games.”

Joey looked completely knackered at the end of Saturday’s game and it’s one thing Alan wants to put right while the squad is in Portugal.

The squad left on Sunday morning, and they’ll review videos and do some training of course, but in the sun, and on some good pitches too.

Joey’s so right that consolidation is the name of the game this season, and anything more than that – like finishing in the top half of the table – has to be something extra, and a big success.

The club can then push on in the summer, and make three or four top signings, so we’ll have both a better squad and a bigger squad at the start of next season, come mid August.

That’s what we are hoping.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • toon18

    Jan 24, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #1


  • Cockney Magpie

    Jan 24, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #2

    has there been any news or rumours on the transfer front today lads?

  • sweendog

    Jan 24, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #3

    top player.. looks to have turned the corner and he’s one of our stars ..get him and then the bull signed up and we’ve the makings of a strong team for a few years to come ..

  • Lyons

    Jan 24, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #4

    Theyve all gone to portugal! Pards likes his holidays doesnt he. Sun is good for the soul though.

  • Davey_H

    Jan 24, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #5

    Great news..
    I would rather have people like Joey who want to play for us, not people who want to come for the money and then pretend they are injured. We all know who they are, I agree get the bull next and then we have basis of group of people who want to play for us.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jan 24, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #6

    what happened to the thumbs and n thumbs down thing ed put on ere?

  • lewman

    Jan 24, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #7

    i reckon joey will just keep improving for the next few seasons as he seems to have a real drive and want to play football. he is probably content with the millions that he must have by now and i reckon he would make a great manager one day as he is obviously a very intelligent (but misguide) lad.
    if he doesnt make it as a mnager then im sure he could do a better job than big al,jock al and big ears on the motd sofa

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Jan 24, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #8

    dear cokneeeeee – you have to wait till some one gets injured b4 we ge linked to ne1

  • chuck

    Jan 24, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #9

    Yeah Joey has been a revelation this season, finally living up to expectations.
    Too bad the injuries and aggro stuff prevented him from playing this well previously.
    It`s obvious he is trying hard to control his natural aggresiveness and suppose he realises it`s in his interest.
    But this is a guy I want to see in the NUFC team, the hard work, skill, and drive he imparts to the side are priceless.
    There`s not a hell of lot of difference between him and Roy Keane in a sence and perhaps Pardew recognises that.
    With he and Tiote in midfield, there won`t be many clubs who will relish facing us, perhaps a bit of physicality on the back four may add to that.
    As for up front Carroll is already a handfull for most defenses, with Nolan behind him another physical presense.
    Then with the addition of Ben Arfa and possibly Ireland, all the verve and guile needed.

  • Brutooon

    Jan 24, 2011 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #10

    Barton fight for the team so that we can win
    Carroll fight for the team so that we can win

    AMEOBI misses so many chances but he seem dont care whether we win or not

    Keep the fighters!


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