There are some rumors coming through that Joey Barton may not be signing his new contract at Newcastle, after the Tyneside club received an amazing £35M for Andy Carroll last Monday.
Joey Barton – is he now stalling on new contract?
One reason why Newcastle couldn’t grant Andy Carroll £80K/week immediately, was that they had almost reached agreement with Joey on a new deal.
And Joey was being offered less than the £65K/week he is currently on – because Newcastle couldn’t afford that.
That’s one of the things Alan Pardew was hinting at on Tuesday, when he was sent out into the Lion’s den again by the Newcastle hierarchy to meet the Lions, sorry to meet with the reporters.
A good question is where was Derek LLambias, who also didn’t show up when Alan first met with the Lions last December, when Hughton had been fired.
And one of the things Alan pointed out, was that they had to think about what impact that would have at the club – if they gave Carroll the massive £80K/week.
Well one impact would be they couldn’t then ask Joey to take a cut in wages could they?
But Newcastle have since said that money will be used to bring in new players and will pay for transfer fees and wages too.
Willie McKay, who is Barton’s agent, will obviously think that Newcastle are not as short of money as they once were, and he’s be right, having now filled the coffers with the £35M windfall?
And there are unsubstantiated rumors going around that Joey Barton will not sign his new contract, which was imminent before the news broke that Carroll had been sold to Liverpool for £35M.
We don’t know if this news will turn out to be true, but we think selling Carroll could have repercussions when Newcastle try to negotiate the new contracts for both Joey Barton and Jose Enrique too.
This all reminds us of what Ollie used to say to Stan in the Laurel and Hardy films:
Well, here’s another fine mess you’ve gotten me into!