Joey Barton Still Committed To Play For Newcastle

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has said today that he thinks Joey Barton will sign a new deal at Newcastle, but that it could be the summer before Joey finally signs along the dotted line.

Joey Barton – tackles Arsenal’s Arshavin recently

Apparently there were rumors that Joey Barton had refused to play in the draw with Bolton last Saturday over a contract dispute, but that seems a little ridiculous.

We hadn’t heard that rumor, but it’s unlikely to be true, and probably more made up nonsense, although Alan says it wasn’t in the National media, so maybe it was local gossip.

Joey had to pull out of the squad with a slight  thigh injury, and it seems he may still be out tomorrow for the important game against Everton, where we hope we can get back on our winning ways and start climbing that league table.

Alan says that Joey is still totally committed to the Tyneside club, and he told the Daily Star today:

“Joey’s commitment to play for us is still there, don’t doubt that.” “I heard a couple of whispers – not in the national media – that he didn’t want to play but that’s absolutely not true.”

“He’s desperate to play against Everton this weekend and is going to come into training early and play through that injury.” “I’ve got no worries about Joey on that score and want him to stay.”

“I think Joey’s situation will run until the summer.”

Joey has always said he wants to stay at Newcastle and had said this in January:

“Hopefully we’ll get that sorted as soon as possible and I can just concentrate on doing my utmost for Newcastle United,” “I want to stay here.”

The hitch is that Joey has apparently offered to take a £1M cut in wages to stay at the club, but he wants a three year extension to give him a little bit of security, and the club have offered him only a two year deal.

For such an important player to Newcastle as Joey, at least from the outside and not knowing the exact details,  it seems the club should just give him a three year extension at £1M less per year, and tie up this excellent player to Newcastle through the summer of 2015.

That would be good news for Newcastle fans, and for Joey and Alan too.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Solaidback

    Mar 4, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #1

    Right, all that we’ve heard regarding Joey is pure speculation, even the part about dropping his wages to get a new contract imo… nothing has been said o the official website with regards of what the club offered him what he wanted, so lets leave it at that… Joey isn’t someone who’d not open his mouth if anything of the above had happened, so as he’s not said anything either, we can assume that nothing has happened!!! but remember, assumption is the mother of all f****s yeah… 😉

  • spanishtoon

    Mar 4, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #2

    Newcastle linked to Pedretti? What does this say about the future for the likes of Barton and Tiote?

  • nufc_mad

    Mar 4, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #3

    give him a three year deal if it was me I would give him the contract length to see out the rest of his career at Newcastle, he’s in the best form of his life at the moment and has been a key player for us for the past 2 years, sign him up I say, as for the rumours him not playing due to contract problems I highly doubt that, he does not come a cross a player that if he does not get his own way all the toys come out the pram, we need to keep our best players if we want to succeed!

  • supervil

    Mar 4, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #4

    Let’s just see what happens with Barton. My guess is that it’ll all be resolved.

    The issue with Barton is, yes – well done, good season so far. What about the 3 years you d!cked about and spent time in jail and on the treatment table? You’ve still got a lot to prove mate… you’re half way there… now, help us win a trophy…

    Oh, and spanishtoon… shut up man. God forbid we’d have a squad of players we could utilise. Instead of relying on kids to plug a hole when there’s an injury.

  • spanishtoon

    Mar 4, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #5

    Suprvil – thanks for the polite feedback! I know what you meN about the squad but i fear our owner would cash in poss and get cheaper replacements.

  • spanishtoon

    Mar 4, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #6

    Sorry, cash in if poss

  • Stuart

    Mar 4, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #7

    If barton is prepared to take a £1m wage cut per year I think MA should be prepared to offer him 3 years. He’s 28/29 now so we’d have him through til he’s 32, by no means too old.

    Sign the lad up already!

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 4, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #8

    Give Joey 3 years and if after 2 he looks passed it, sell him on to a championship side. Easy.

  • Toon1992

    Mar 4, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #9

    spanish toon@
    why are you so pessimistic ?
    so you’re saying we can’t sign anybody cause if we do they’re replacing the players we already have ?

    what happens if we sign a lb ? does that mean enrique is going , no! it means we have decent competition for places.

  • Thump

    Mar 4, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #10

    Piss off spanishtoon. Spam your blog somewhere else.

  • davcon22

    Mar 4, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Get the lad signed up,before we loose him!!
    He’s a class act!!!


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