Joey Barton On Verge Of Rejecting Newcastle Offer?


It’s not good news this morning for Newcastle United, as it looks we could lose Joey Barton, after the club have offered him their last contract deal, and have presumably told him to take it or leave it.

Joey Barton – willing to take £1M a year wage cut

We hope this is not the case.

The Daily Mail is reporting that Newcastle have told Joey Barton about their latest contract offer, to just take it or leave it.

And the report suggests Barton was willing to take a £1M a year pay cut, to extend his career at Newcastle United, but Joey wanted a three year extension to the deal but it seems the club will only offer him a two year extension to his current contract, which runs out next summer.

We thought Joey was on £65K/week with his current deal,  which is around £3.38M a year – so if he’s been offered £2.38M a year – that’s around £46K/week.

How on earth can anybody live on that – especially in an expensive place like Newcastle? 😀

We had seen a similar report earlier this week, but were not sure if there was any truth to it, but if this is indeed true, it’s hardly  good news.

The very last thing we want to happen is to lose Joey Barton this summer, and apparently Hamburg are only too willing to take him for a cut fee price of £2.5M. Who wouldn’t?

Barton is said to be disappointed with the offer, as he had hoped a lower wage could be compensated somewhat by a longer contract.

And Alan Pardew had himself indicated that would be the offer made to Joey – lower wages but an extended time-frame.

Barton’s representative Willie McKay said today:

‘Joey just wants to get his head down and concentrate on his performances. He is determined to build on his displays this season and push himself back into the England reckoning.’

Willie’s statement doesn’t shed much light on the contract situation, and it seems an old quote too – but it’s included in the Mail – and we hope this report is inaccurate, because there were hints Joey would sign his new contract this week.

But if there are indeed hitches, this will hardly go down well with Newcastle fans, as Barton is a key player in any success Newcastle can have in the next few seasons.

And after all he is willing to take a fairly substantial wage cut.

It’s fine to be savvy with the financials at the Newcastle club, but we cannot and shouldn’t go too far the other way, otherwise the club will never be able to attract top players to Newcastle – or keep them.

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67 comments so far

  • connor_nufc

    Feb 23, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #1

    F sake here we go again

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  • NorseMag

    Feb 23, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #2

    If, hypothetically, we signed joey for free now, how much in wages would you offer?

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  • NorseMag

    Feb 23, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #3

    And:

    Do the fa cup runner-up still get offered europa league if the winner goes to CL?

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  • Stuart

    Feb 23, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #4

    Daily Mail? Dont know why you bothered posting this Ed, is odds on to be a load of bollocks!

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  • estechco

    Feb 23, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #5

    Dead right Stuart – “Daily Mail” and “bollocks” in the same post says it all really!

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  • jimmymagpie

    Feb 23, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #6

    I have kept off this site for the last few days waiting to hear if there was going to be some definitive news on the Barton situation. My nephew, as of this morning, doesn’t know precisely what is going on, except that the word within the game is that Barton will not except less than a 3 year deal, and if the 2 yeat deal is the club’s last offer, he will be off in the summer. How on earth we still get Ashley apologists on this site really beats me. It doesn’t matter what Pardew’s budget is this summer, no top player will touch this club with a barge pole because of the twerps running it and the non competitive salaries on offer. Barton and Enrique won’t be the only ones leaving either.

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  • Magforlife

    Feb 23, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #7

    Daily Mail, say no more !

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  • Stuart

    Feb 23, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #8

    =O The Daily Mail have printed a bullshit story likely with no truth to it whatsoever!

    Quickly, get the pitchforks and lets head to SJP.

    Jesus man, there are aload of kneejerk fans on this site.

    If its true then its ridiculous, if Barton is prepared to take a wage cut newcastle should be prepared to give him 3 years.

    But honestly, I can’t see it being true, why would we let go our star performer over one year, seems abit petty.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 23, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #9

    Daily Mail. Must be true then………………….. ?

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  • Preston_toon

    Feb 23, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #10

    I don’t really understand Newcastle United any more Pardew says he is ambitious for the club and wants to do well…………..
    You think he would grow a pair and say Ashley you really think loosing on of OUR BEST player this season is going to help us what so ever???
    Its one more year on the contract ffs….
    Unless its just horses*** as it is the Daily Fail

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  • Sav

    Feb 23, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #11

    Policy is one thing. But you have to pay the going rate or you will haemorrhage your best players like Carroll, Enrique, Tiote and Joey. These are tyhe blokes who have dragged us to a place where we are thinking of Europe instead of relegation.
    At 28 and in the form of his life, Joey is said to be in the frame for England. He really has turned his life around and it looks like he and the club could be finally reaping the rewards of years of promise unfulfilled. Is 3 year contract unreasonable?
    I’d say it was in the club’s interests.

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  • jimmymagpie

    Feb 23, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #12

    Stuart – you really are incapable of reading between the lines. Why hasn’t Barton’s agent come out with the bullish statements that they were making 6 weeks ago, instead of the bland crap he came out with this morning? Also you are very naive to think that Sheik Mansour and Abramovich won’t find a way around the ‘new rules’. What is to stop them paying 100million pounds for their ‘office space’ and other facilities at Eastlands and Stamford Bridge? Wake up lad! Ashley is determined to see off all players who were at the club 2 years ago and refused to re-negotiate their contracts when we were relegated, therefore forcing him to put more money into the club during the Championship season. This is the way the man does business. If people don’t do as he wants, he never forgets, and ultimately extracts his own back. Just ask Dave Whelan or anybody else he has encountered in business, and why the hell do you think he is being investigated by every statutory body in the retail sector.

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  • Sav

    Feb 23, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #13

    Ashley wanted to sell Joey years ago – was it KK who argued to keep him? Is there some kind of ‘nobody gets one past FatMike’ agenda here? Looks like cutting off a large cockney sneck to spite a round, dull, cockney face?

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  • Stuart

    Feb 23, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #14

    Haha Ashley is determined to see off all players who were at the club two years ago and refused to re-negotiate their contracts?

    Thats the whole first team. You call me naive then spout something that idiotic.

    I’ll brace myself to lose Barton, Nolan, Taylor, Collo, Bull, Jonas, Strolla, Ameobi, Harper and the rest of the squad in the summer then.

    And if you’d actually bothered to read my posts properly you would’ve seen that I said the big teams would probably find a loophole in the fair play laws.

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  • Ezedoesit

    Feb 23, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #15

    I understand Newcastle’s position. How long has Joey been on the books? This is the only season he’s fit and not in too much trouble! He’s already punched Pederson. I don’t think he’s someone that you would want to get comfortable again cause if so he may revert back to type. From a business standpoint totally makes sense to keep him on a shorter contract. If he was as clean as Frank Lampard we’d of offered him the contract he wanted by now.

    Check out this funny video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVM0Vr2imGA

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  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 23, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #16

    Great news this. I’ll be able to watch Joey in Germany.

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  • G

    Feb 23, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #17

    Sorry to nit-pick Jimmymagpie, but there are no statutory bodies in the retail sector. By definition, 2 very different things. I suspect, however, you are correct, but I hope you are wrong.

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  • Tal_nufc4eva

    Feb 23, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #18

    i dont beleive this is true,
    HWTL

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  • Flop

    Feb 23, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #19

    I still think he’ll sign an extension. Really who believes the Daily Mail, how many times have they been right?

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  • dublin mag steve

    Feb 23, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #20

    i hope this is just more garbage from the mail i really do overseas dont be foolish i remember every body saying carroll would never leave if joey doesnt get the deal he deserves he be off like the rest of them try write proper words man your doin everyones head in lyke bro na wat i meeeen ya.

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  • john_cena163

    Feb 23, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #21

    Daily mail r full of shit .

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  • leedodd

    Feb 23, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #22

    What a Load of Crap Daily Mail Again – Joey wont leave Newcastle he will sign for 2 years !!!!!!! id he going to Go Elswere No Way !!!!! He Knows The Fans Love Him at Newcastle. In 2 Years we may have a New Owner that may Pay More Money !!!! Who Knows !!!!!!! WHY DO WE TAKE SO MUCH NOTICE OF THE DAILY MAIL ???

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  • jimmymagpie

    Feb 23, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #23

    Stuart – you really are a prick. You know that I meant players who were on what Ashley considered excessive wages eg: Barton, Smith, Colo, Enrique, Gutierrez etc. Just wait until the others on ‘excessive’ wages try asking for a new contract. They won’t all offer to take a cut like Barton. Barton’s attitude surprised Ashley, that’s why they’ve had to think of another way to provoke him into turning it down. You really have no idea of the twerp running this club do you? And before you ask, yes I do, I’ve met him on 3 separate occasions, and he can’t stand Geordies. You should hear what he tells his Southern mates about us. Everything that I have tried to tell you on this site has been proved correct. You also laughed when I told you that Ireland would not appear at all in February. Well, he still isn’t back in full training!

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  • jimmymagpie

    Feb 23, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #24

    G – the Fraud Office, and Trading Standards, etc. aren’t statutory bodies? If not, I bow to your superior knowledge.

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  • G

    Feb 23, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #25

    Yes they are. Are they in the retail sector? No, they are in the public sector.

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  • dublin mag steve

    Feb 23, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #26

    ezedoesit that video is absoloutly hilarious them bollywood movies are unreal.

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  • PHOENIXNIGHTS

    Feb 23, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #27

    Bloody hell,here we go again ! Ed why have you posted such a pathetic thread. Firstly I would not wipe my arse on the Daily Mail ( the paper and their sports reporters never have anything positive to say about NUFC) Secondly you are just scare mongering – where is the proof this ?
    Joey loves the club and is in contract talks. Yes we could lose him however we could end up keeping him for 4 years. Why is that not in your F***ing headlines.
    PhoenixNights

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  • veto

    Feb 23, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #28

    this clubs a joke , fair enough watch costs but haggling our best performer out of 1 year on his contract at the expense of loosing him , after he’s alreadf agree’d to a wage reduction ? howay this is beyond a joke

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  • jimmymagpie

    Feb 23, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #29

    G – point taken. you are right of course. Thank you for the correction.

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  • G

    Feb 23, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #30

    No probs jimmy, like I say, sorry to nit-pick, its just an obsessive compulsion I have.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 23, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #31

    Why do people on here always revert to abuse when others have a different opinion to them? Bet they are real fun to be around after a drink.

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  • Mat Nufc

    Feb 23, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #32

    Ashley sees off players? Tought we did signed STaylor with new contract? Come on guys, we now that this is utter garbage from Daily Mail.

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  • Burni

    Feb 23, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #33

    jimmy mate, no need for name calling, Im sure you said that you were like 50 or summit? chill out.

    Theres so much to this that sounds like utter shite to me.

    1)daily mail
    2) you think newcastle would only offer 46k a week to Barton after they just got 35m for Carroll? not sure bout that.
    3) if we only offering that type of money then tiote, enrique, collo all gone in Summer.

    I dont think Barton would reject a deal for an additional two years which would mean he had another 3 and a half.

    only time will tell

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  • Chrism

    Feb 23, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #34

    Load of panic over what? A piece of fiction with a three week old quote from his agent taken out of context.

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  • jimmymagpie

    Feb 23, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #35

    Mat – Talor wasn’t on nor did he receive anywhere near the wages we are talking about others being on.Burni – Barton isn’t quibbling about the wages offered. Colo won’t be gone because his contract isn’t up for re-negotiating yet. Yes, Enrique will be gone. With Tiote, Gutierrez, and Colo to some extent, it depends on their attitude after they see the way their mates are being treated. Remember, after Carroll, the policy seems to be if they ask to go, get as much as you can. If you were Tiote and Chelsea came calling offering a minimum of £80,000 per week, what would you do, when you are looking after an extended family back home in Africa?

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  • MonsterMagnet

    Feb 23, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #36

    Why on earth would the club only be offering 2 years? It’s not like Joey’s a pacy player whose legs will go in two years. And what’s more, he’s going to be a key figure in the development of young players (specially Nile Ranger) as he’s been there, messed up, and come out the other side again to build a really good career.

    If this is true, it is Ashley penny-pinching at its worst. They’ll be offering two years so they can negotiate the contract down again soon when it’s up for renewal. If we lose Joey over this it will not be his fault – he wants to end his career here. The issue isn’t wages, it’s length of contract. When you’ve got players who want to play for the club enough to take a cut SIGN THEM UP.

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  • Solaidback

    Feb 23, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #37

    Why is it every time the Daily Mail puts out a story, all of a sudden, the Anti-Ashley brigade appear & start shouting the odds at everyone one???

    1) As said before, this is the Daily Mail crap-loid story, so probably 99% untrue!
    2) Only quote given is by Bartons agent but no where in it does he say anything regarding the contracts or talks!
    3) So if it is true, they’ve offered him a 2yr contract on his current salary instead of a 3yr on a reduced salary, take the deal & then get another contract in 3 years time, when hopefully Ashley will have moved on by.. 🙂
    4) I doubt Ashley is trying to move on all our high earners as suggested by jimmymagpie because that would leave us with no one playing for the team & in any case, Nolan, Barton, Colo, Jonas are all in their late 20’s & will be replaced slowly & surely over the next 2-3 years anyways..

    Btw, I’m neither for or against Ashley, I’m my own person who can make some rational opinions if I so choose.. 🙂

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  • Tinman

    Feb 23, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #38

    Overseas, funny how you can spell your name right but cant seem to spell,
    ‘stuart or whatever your called your idiot man, jimmymag is talking sense’ – ‘struart pr whetevar ur clled ur indioit man,jimymag as tlking snse’
    Give me a break.!

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  • veto

    Feb 23, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #39

    @solaidback

    cos ashley has left him self open to it by the lack of information about his intentions , ofc everybody is going to make their own assumptions by what they have been presented with and his history .
    untill we get an interview or something out of mike about his ambition everybody is obviously going to say it as they see it

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  • Solaidback

    Feb 23, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #40

    Veto @ 44 – But even if Ashley came on tv live & started answering everyone questions, none of you’d believe him because of the past lies he’s told & the mistakes he’s made, so what would be the point in that exercise ??

    The guy is in a no win situ with some fans & even if he sold up, they’d find a reason behind the sale to have a go at him or the new owners…

    As any of you actually thought the reason no one was willing to buy the club from Ashley, wasn’t just down the price he was asking but down to the way us the fans treat every owner we’ve had, we’re like a sore tooth to anyone who may want to buy the club & only if some multi-billionaire comes in & spends 100’s of millions would we be happy but even then, some would find a reason to moan about summit…. 🙁

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