Great news today from Joey Barton, and as Alan Pardew had hinted on Friday afternoon, Joey Barton wants to sign a new deal with Newcastle United, and just as soon as possible.
Joey Barton – clam down kid – control yourself
The midfielder, who scored two penalties in what was probably the greatest 45 minute performance ever seen in Premier League history, was one of Newcastle’s star players in that second half.
Never-say-die Newcastle came back from the dead, and scored four goals in the last 23 minutes of their game against Arsenal yesterday to level the scores at 4-4, and could even have won the game with a little bit of luck.
Barton admits he was upset by Carroll leaving the club, but now he obviously wants to take a leadership role in restoring some calmness and pride on Tyneside, and he has come out and committed to the club.
This is what Joey said to NUFCTV today:
“As far as I’m aware, I had agreed in principle to sign a deal. I want to stay at this football club – I have stated that on numerous occasions.””When stuff happens like what happened during the week, then obviously you think, ‘Hang on a minute, what is going on here? Is this the right move? Is this the right decision to make?’
“But I am enjoying my football here. I love living in the city, the fans are brilliant with me – I feel I am building a real rapport with them.” “Obviously I am disappointed that Andy has gone, as are a number of people in there, because we felt he was a big part of us building a successful football club.”
“But I am told they are going to reinvest the money and as long as that happens, I don’t think there will be a problem if they invest the money quite wisely.” “But that’s not my job, my job is to turn up and play football. I did think a little bit, ‘Is this the right move to make?’, but I owe a lot to this football club for giving me the chances after I have let them down in the past.”
“The fans are different class with me and I am keen to stay.” “It makes a massive statement to everyone if I was to not sign a contract and say, ‘I am going to wait’ and blah, blah, blah. Maybe a few other people would be waiting and saying, ‘Let’s just see what’s going to happen’.
“But I am keen to get it signed, draw a line under it and let’s start moving this football club back in the right direction.”
That’s leadership right there from Joey Barton, and that will give encouragement to some of our other players to sign on at Newcastle, and particularly Jose Enrique and Cheick Tiote.
And Alan Pardew, who probably had the most testing week of his management career last week, but came out on top in those last 45 minutes, when our lads turned it all around against Arsenal, has come out in praise of his star midfielder, and his players in general.
This is what Alan said:
“Joey, Cheick, the whole team had the same performance.” “For 20 minutes, Joey felt sorry for himself. It was everybody else’s issue, everybody else’s agenda.
“No-one was taking responsibility, no-one was wearing that shirt and playing with pride, playing with character like they can.”
“In the second half, he showed what he is about, showed why he perhaps should be included for England.” “I saw the guy throw him to the ground and I thought, ‘Joey, please’. You have to hold your hands up and say his reaction was top drawer.”
“He didn’t react and the Joey of old might have done that. In that little moment, perhaps, there are some people, including myself, thinking that England duty might be coming his way because he has matured as a person.
“He put in a great, great second-half display.”
Good words from the Magpies manager, and the lads now have to push on – sort out that defense this week – and then go all out for a win at Blackburn Rovers next Saturday afternoon, which will not be easy.
But a win next Saturday will further lift the spirits of Newcastle fans everywhere, and maybe Alan can seriously strengthen the squad in the summer, with some good signings and help from the £35M we received on Monday – £30M of it in cash according to The People today.
We certainly hope so, but we also believe Newcastle will bring in some top players this summer, and we just have to hope we can hold onto those top guys already on Tyneside.