Joey Barton Rejects Newcastle Contract Offer

It has been difficult to know what the exact status of Joey Barton’s contract negotiations are, but it does seem that a take it or leave it offer given to him last week by the Newcastle club has been rejected.

Joey Barton – only 47 appearances in his first 3 seasons on Tyneside

Alan Pardew has talked about Joey’s contract with the Newcastle Journal this morning,  and they say that Joey rejected an offer made by the club earlier this week, which Pardew says was a decent offer.

So it was probably true that Newcastle had only offered a two year extension to his current deal, which runs out in 16 months, rather than the three years Joey wanted.

This is what Alan said today about Joey Barton:

“It’s difficult negotiating with any senior player at this level and I think Joey’s view is to perhaps see what happens in the summer,”    “As a manager I want to keep him and I’ve made that clear to Mike Ashley.”

“I’ve seen nothing to suggest that on the training ground and in games, he’s been brilliant this year,” “When the player of the year comes around, he’ll be right in there with a shout for it and quite rightly so.”

Joey Barton is waiting until the summer to see what happens?

Wonder if he’s expecting something  to turn up like Dickens’  Mr. Micawber always talked about.

So we don’t know what’s going to happen with Joey, but of course Aston Villa and Hamburg are said to be interested in the player, and with only one year left on his contract this summer, he could turn out to be a bargain buy for some other club.

We had thought Joey wanted to spend the rest of his career on Tyneside, and we think what may be counting  against him in the negotiations for more money,  is that he’s only played 73 times for Newcastle and this is his fourth season on Tyneside.

In the previous three seasons, he suffered major foot injuries in each season,  which kept him out of action for long periods of time.

Of those 73 appearances, with 8 goals, 26 have been this season with 5 goals.

We still hope Joey will commit to Newcastle,  because not only is he a very good player, but he’s also been able to control most of his demons, most of the time, and he’s become a positive influence at Newcastle United.

Comments welcome.

40 comments so far

  • thetoonarmybarracks

    Feb 26, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #1

    This is not good news. He said publicly on tv he wanted to stay.

  • fungus44

    Feb 26, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #2

    may be he want,s to see if we are safe first then he might sign

  • fungus44

    Feb 26, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #3

    be for i make jugment i will wait untill it,s on the offical site

  • MykToonFan

    Feb 26, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #4

    We’ll be offering him significantly lower wages than he’s already on, I’d imagine.

  • fungus44

    Feb 26, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #5

    did he not come out and say he will take pay cut to stay.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 26, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #6

    at 60k a week, that means we paid him 9M for 4 games !!

    He’s played well this season, but put like that, he owes us big time !!

  • lobacka

    Feb 26, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #7

    He absolutely owes us, i think he still believes that and he’ll sign up in a few weeks after a few more wins

  • Brutooon

    Feb 26, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #8

    He owes us the first three season….

    part of me would to keep him

    part of me said he is 29 yrs old and the most we got is 3-4 years of him

  • jimmymac

    Feb 26, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #9

    I think the difference between the two parties here will be the lenght of the deal. Barton has made no secret of his desire to stay until the end of his career and might be trying to negotiate a contract that allows him to do that. But will we want to pay a 33 year old joey barton £50k a week? probably not. I think we will offer a 2 year deal which is perhaps the stumbling block.

    ALl guess work of course, but just my opinion!!

  • carrollsinger

    Feb 26, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #10

    He is 29 he’s been injured alot why give him a 3-4 year deal he’s thinking of himself long contracts means more money for him as he’s at the wrong end of a footballer I can see his point and the clubs should offer 2 year with an extra 1 if he’s players x amount of games to prove he’s fit

  • Steve_48

    Feb 26, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #11

    FGS give him what he wants surprised to say it but he’s our playmaker


    Feb 26, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #12

    I think it may to time to get rid!

    If we can get 3mil for him i would let him go!

  • magpie6699

    Feb 26, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #13

    I think the point about 73 games in 4 seasons is very valid – some injuries and a lot of self-inflicted troubles and each of those seasons cost us about £3 million or so in wages we’re told, so his pockets have been well-lined. I feel that despite this one excellent season so far, he still owes the club and the fans big-time and that a deal that gives him the next 3 seasons isn’t a bad one. After all, in 2 seasons or less we’ll reach the same situation and both parties can decide on whether a further extension is wanted. By then he may just have paid us back!

  • sholasmask

    Feb 26, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #14

    I fail to believe that this is true , the quotes from pards yesterday seemed very positive over keeping the likes of barton , there is no way we would offer a take it or leave it offer at this stage of the season . I refuse to believe any if this untill some true quotes come out and the only ones so far have been positive. Tiotes deal was a sign of promises being kept I believe some sort of statement will be released following the game today

  • TheToonKing

    Feb 26, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #15


    wtf man, get rid ? are you insane?

    Joey is the most important player in the team. More important than Cheick and Jose. We were useless when he was suspended.

    We can not allow him to leave, I really hope this is blown out of proportions.

  • sheznufc

    Feb 26, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #16

    Give the man what he wants. He is better than the likes of lampard, carrick, lucas, Barry and look Wat they are all on.

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Feb 26, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #17

    Well thats just our luck isn’t it! We get good news one day, and the next day look what happens. He’s the core of NUFC if he goes who could even replace him, he’s been one of the best mid-fielders in the League this season. BTW Pardew has come out and said this morning that Newcastle WILL be big money spenders in the window so maybe he’s already lined up replacements for both Joey and Jose.

  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 26, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #18

    9million for 4 games …..think you gotta take a math course 🙂
    I think you meant 4 years 🙂

  • technonasty

    Feb 26, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #19

    Joey seems to have a short memory. The man brought shame on the toon shirt several times and we gave him several chances and a chance to rebuild his career. He still owes us a lot…

  • max

    Feb 26, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #20

    hey,, scholes and giggs are older than barton. but they still get money.. why cant we do that to barton.

  • Heimir

    Feb 26, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #21

    Aren’t Joey and Jose just trying to use their contract situations to put pressure on Mike Ashley to invest in new players?
    I belive they both want to stay, and that they are going to stay, but their in a good situation to provide some leverage for they players and the fans to get some money for new players from Ashley’s pocket…

  • z4

    Feb 26, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #22

    why don they give him the three year contract?

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Feb 26, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #23

    i know he wants to stay and now doing every thing right, he puts the pressure on Mikey to spend the money- offer a decent extensions to Jose and Colo and strengthen the squad in the summer. Barton just wants to play in a STRONG NUFC side, not to fight for the middle of the table.. Just wait guys and you will see it 😉

  • ToonBry

    Feb 26, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #24

    Joey is a fantastic player and i, like most fans want him to stay, but he really does owe the fans, the team and Mike Ashley alot!! He was major trouble when he came to us. He got huge money for doing nothing for years so he owes Mike Ashley alot in financial terms and he owes the fans alot in terms of our patience with him. He also owes the team as they have helped him become the player he is in the sense that they have helped work on his mental state and made him feel a part of a family.
    He’s hugely important to us now but i do think the club and Mike Ashley have been really fair to him. At the start with his temper, lack of teamwork and the fact he was alway injured, i think us the fans and the owner have been more than fair so if he doesn’t take the new contract then i say it’s his HUGE loss after what everyone has done for him. I like him alot as a player now and i pray he stays but if he does leave then it’s not then end of the world and there are plenty of players just as good if not better and who are far younger and dying to play for such a huge club as the Toon.

  • The Power Ranger

    Feb 26, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #25

    If he wants to go, let him go. However, Newcastle has put his career back on track and if it wasn’t for us fans having faith in him he would probably be in prison. I don’t see how he can reject a contract which is around what? 45 k a week? That is a stupid amount if money and alot more than he would be getting in prison. I think he owes it to us and has to sign a new contract now or leave.

  • dcdick

    Feb 26, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #26

    Was it only last month JB volunteered to take a pay cut for a new contract because he “loved the club & owes us” ?
    Now he’s rejected the new contract offered ……….hmmmmm
    When he’s not suspended/injured he’s a valuable player for us, but as far as I’m concerned its pay back time for Joey.
    Time now for him to sign whatever deal he’s offered & get on with doing what he’s paid to do play football for N.U.F.C.

  • 37 BEN ARFA 37

    Feb 26, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #27

    want him to stay !

    but i agree that he owes Newcastle alot, what club would have put up with him for all his criminal offenses apart from newcastle. (millwall, leeds) lol

    c”mon joey, sign the god dam contract

  • Irish Geordie1

    Feb 26, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #28

    get rid of joey, are ye mad??
    he is one of our best players. give him what he wants. 5-1 toon

  • kunal

    Feb 26, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #29

    links for match anyone

  • Robby Bobson

    Feb 26, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #30

    joeys out, raylor in.

  • Dude

    Feb 26, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #31

    Joey can find the door himself, twat. He’s turned his life around at the Toon, never mind his career. The greedy schite can take a very long walk as can any other who can’t find pride in wearing black and white. Ben Arfa, Gosling, Vuckic, plenty of options for when he walks.

  • Robbanufc

    Feb 26, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #32

    Any streams available?

  • Irish Geordie1

    Feb 26, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #33

    any links lads?

  • kev

    Feb 26, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #34

    Leave Bartons offer on the table, after that its a roll on contract, was good enough for Ryan Giggs, if you prove yourself you are kept on, I agree with most on here, he still owes the toon big time. Come the summer and he doesnt sign, sell him on, no-ones bigger than the club.

  • Simple he is 29 in september he wants to stay at NUFC and wants to stay as long as possible but 2 years is not good enough he needs 3 years and so he should, he can and will do a job till he is 34 or 35. If he is offered a decent contract at another club and cashley wont cough up then he will go footballers have a limited shelf life. If Fat boy is to offer JB a 3 year deal he would snap his hand off.

  • tony green

    Feb 26, 2011 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #36

    There seems to be a pattern emerging here, as Gutierrez is now linked with a similar ‘show me the money’ story. I seem to recall Nolan being quoted along the lines of; we’ll all pitch in and do our bit but we need to see money spent and the RIGHT players added in the summer. Only my take on things of course…. but could it be that the players are shrewd enough to realise it’s harder to slap down a group of them acting in concert than a single player sticking their head above the parapet…….

  • davis_toons

    Feb 26, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #37

    I think a two year deal with a renew on *performance contract is good offer for both club and himself.

    *Performance = it could inculde No.1st team played in a season, goals / assist provided, and etc

    Just look at Giggys and Scholes yearly contract renew.

    But its still up to the player himself after all.

    Even if we can offer a big contract to barton doesnt means he will not get injury and rest for another half a season on the bench. Or he can play as well just like current season.

    Its a gamble.


    Feb 26, 2011 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #38

    In my book Barton has been man of the season so far. Only a couple of dodgy games recently. Big player should get a 3 year contract. Giggs is nearly 40 isnt he? no wonder he gets a year by year rolling contract. If Barton was to leave who would replace him and at what cost? He should be our capt leading by example. He has gone a long way to paying us back this season more than MA has done and we seem to accept all his F ups.

    Gutierrez can take a hike. We need Joey at 29, 30 and 31. also every player can get injured not just barton. So do we only sign players on 2 year contracts now? No ashley puts them on big contracts so they become more valuable to him not to keep them. Barton will have a better sell on fee at the age of 30/31 Ashley is only interested in cash full stop.

  • chuck

    Feb 27, 2011 at 6:49 AM

    Comment #39

    First of all, Joey does`nt owe anybody anything, signed a contract and played it out, not his fault he was injured.
    He is presently playing his best football and is apparently in his prime, a three year deal would`nt be too much to ask, but if not offered then who would blame him if he checked out the market ?
    As for Jonas and Enrique, no different from Evra and Rooney, who threatened to split to gain a better deal.
    C`mon! i cant believe some of the comments about disloyal and greedy players.
    If you all have`nt figured it`s about money by now, i mean our own local lad signed for five years and f***ed off five minutes later.
    Badge kissing and bull***t about how they love the club and fans is just for the idiot`s who believe it !


    Feb 27, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #40

    I would like BOTH of them to stay! But at the same time i feel that No player is bigger than the club itself! We need to be realistic here!

    SV Hamburg are sniffing around for Barton as are other clubs!

    I will be more disappointed when Jose goes! now that will be a travesty!!!!


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