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.