The two players who are giving Newcastle fans a little heartburn right now are Joey Barton and Jose Enrique.
Joey Barton – contract stalemate at Newcastle
It seems that both of them will not negotiate new deals with the Newcastle club until the summer, at the earliest, and both their current deals run out a year come June, and that’s not a good position for the Newcastle club to be in.
It was great news today about Cheick Tiote and coach John Carver, both signing new long term deals at the club and Alan Pardew deflected talking about the specific positions of Barton and Enrique by concentrating on today’s good news with Tiote.
When asked specifically about the futures of Joey Barton and Jose Enrique, this is what Alan said:
“It’s something we have to resolve.” “We’ve always said that we want to keep our best players.”
“We have to keep trying to do it.” “We’re trying to keep that together.” “Negotiations are never easy.”
“Hopefully we can build on Tiote’s signing with others.” “We had to send out a message and Mike wanted to make that statement.”
“It’s fantastic news for the fans.” “They were hit with the news of Andy.” “But the results since then show it wasn’t all about Andy.”
We have to hope that shortly we’ll get a few more nice surprises – that Joey and Jose have signed new deals at the Newcastle club – or even that we’ve arranged some deals with free agents, to join us in the summer.
Alan has even come out today to say the £35M the club received for Andy Carroll, will be invested back into the club, and that he will definitely be bringing in new players in the summer.
Whether that’s good enough to have Jose and Joey sign up on the Newcastle band-wagon remains to be seen, but we hope it is.