Alan Pardew has said today that he expects Joey Barton to sign his new contract at Newcastle next week.
Joey Barton – signing new deal next week?
And if that happens it will be a huge relief to Newcastle fans, because in yesterday’s local papers there were rumors that some Newcastle players were unhappy with the Carroll transfer, and that in particular Joe Barton would not be signing his new contract.
The news was that he would hold out until the summer, to see what Newcastle would do in the transfer market.
It seems that story is just not true, we hope that story is not true, and certainly Joey signing a new deal to stay on Tyneside, will be a huge relief to the fans.
And the other news this morning is that Jose Enrique will start negotiating his new deal, but only when Newcastle are safe from relegation.
If anybody saw Jose’s interview after the Fulham defeat, it’s hard to think this lad has any plans to leave Newcastle at all, and he even thought the Carroll deal was good for Andy, and especially good for the club.
And he seemed more committed than ever to Newcastle, and once this lad is signed up, it will be great news for the fans and the club.
These two Newcastle favorites deserve extra praise, because they could get better deals elsewhere, but they are staying where their hearts are – and are willing to commit long term to Newcastle United.
That’s exactly what we want to see. Good on them!