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.