Newcastle Have Given Up On Enrique – What About Barton?

Newcastle are probably in for a tough summer in the transfer market.

Joey Barton with new manager Pardew last December

And the Newcastle club will need to make some early buys in the market, to convince some of their players, and  not just the fans, that they have ambition to become a top club again.

It seems they have already given up on trying to persuade Jose Enrique to stay, and the Newcastle Journal is reporting this morning that most of the players on Tyneside expect Jose to leave in the summer.

The Journal itself reported earlier this week, that the hierarchy at Newcastle had privately given up on trying to get Jose to stay.

Joey Barton has also stopped talking about  staying at the Newcastle club, or signing a new contract, even though we were told that he would be signing a new deal in early January.

However,  the sale of Andy Carroll to Liverpool has upset the apple-cart, and it has not only upset the Newcastle fans,  but the ramifications among the players is now plain to see.

It seems to have stopped Joey from committing to the club,  and in the first game after the Carroll transfer – at Craven Cottage on February 2nd – Alan Pardew said Joey didn’t play well in the 1-0 defeat, and he was upset about something.

That was two days after Andy left, and it’s clear the Carroll deal was what he was upset about, as were other players at losing their local talisman.

By selling Carroll, the club have put a spanner in the works, and the question now is whether Mike Ashley has any real intention of trying to build a quality side on Tyneside?

We have no real idea what the answer is to that question.

Pardew has said it right when he says if we keep selling our best players,  then we’ll never be able to build a top class side. and he’s absolutely right about that.

Top clubs don’t sell their top players and that’s one reason they remain top clubs.

In the best of worlds Newcastle would like to sign two of their targets  early in the summer, but that’s not going to be possible, because most big deals get done in August, and other top clubs, who can offer European competition, are also after some of Newcastle’s targets.

And Newcastle are prone not only to losing Enrique this summer, which seems to be almost a done deal, but also Joey Barton, another top player on Tyneside, and of course Jonas Gutierrez is also wondering what Newcastle’s ambitions really are.

Newcastle’s main transfer targets are a top striker, a fast winger, and two full backs, one to replace Enrique and the other to challenge Danny Simpson at right back, and in addition one or two utility players, who can play in a number of positions to increase the coverage.

We don’t want to sound too negative, and even if Enrique and Barton leave the club, Newcastle could still make some excellent signings to compensate, and they’ve done well in the last 18 months in the transfer market.

But Enrique and Barton are two lads who have shown they are top Premier League players over the last four years at the club, and those are hard to find.

It seems a crying shame when we have both of them at the club, and yet neither of them wants to stay.

There’s something very wrong with that somehow,  and our guess is that the players are just as wary of  owner Mike Ashley as the fans are.   We wonder if he ever says anything to the players, since he says absolutely nothing to the fans.

The players don’t seem to trust Mike as far as they can throw him, and that’s not very far.

It’s  a bit of a worrying time at Newcastle right now, since it will be very hard to lose Enrique and Barton this summer, a short six months after Andy moved on, and they are three of our very best players.

Comments welcome.

47 comments so far

  • tom tomb

    Mar 17, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #1

    It’s all about wages and contract length, they are both on about £65,000 per week. They both will have their wage reduced, for contract renewals( Joey wants an extra year I know).
    They have both only performed for us for 1 year in the premiership not 4!
    It’s clear that if we pay smaller wages, we lose our most valuable players! However if they don’t want to play for the club, the pair of them can do one! Hatem has accepted his wage, and is a far bigger talent and name than either of these two.
    We cannot go back to the days of overpaid prima donnas!!

  • lewman

    Mar 17, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #2

    the top clubs do sell their top players, just not the ones with multi billionaire russian or arab owners like man city or chelsea.
    i could give many examples like milan selling kaka and shevchenko,arsenal selling viera,henry et al.., man u selling ronaldo, barca selling figo, real madrid selling robben and snjeider.

  • tom tomb

    Mar 17, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Yeah Lewman. does not matter who they are ….. if the price is right……!

  • lewman

    Mar 17, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #4

    i do think barton is way more important than jose as he is the one player who never ever gives up, he is tough tackling, extremely energetic and has fantastic technique and passing ability.
    i really hope he stays and signs a new contract as he is a true leader on the pitch.

  • Solaidback

    Mar 17, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #5

    I agree with Tom Tomb, these players should understand that the club didin’t want to sell Carroll, he wanted to leave, he was the one who put in the transfer request which then gave the club no other alternative but to sell him, so if these 2 are pi$$ed at the club, then they’re just making excuses to leave, as they know that isnt the case…

    Well as said, if they want to leave, let them, we have a few younger player willing to stay & fight, the likes of HBA, Tiote, Gosling & possibly Ireland who can all chip in to the team & with the money we makes from selling Enrique & Barton on top of the Carroll money, we should be able to get some decent players in to fill the gaps left by anyone who wants to leave….

    Personally tho, I think Barton will stay & so will Enrique once they see who else we get to come in… 🙂

  • cubistToon

    Mar 17, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #6

    I’ve already blanked Jose out of my minds team picture for next season, I just hope he goes abroad, can’t face seeing him playing for Liverpool or Spurs next season.

    Barton would be a surprising and great loss, been so good this season. Though you could argue a lot of his success was his great deliveries into Carroll, maybes with new strikers we will play a different style of play and Barton wouldn’t be so influential but I’m clutching at straws there.

  • The Power Ranger

    Mar 17, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #7

    Jose is going nowhere and hopefully Colo and Jonas can persuade him to stay.

  • cubistToon

    Mar 17, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #8

    Indeed “solaidback”, we’ll already have 2 possibly 3 new midfield signings next season in Ben Arfa and Gosling, and possibly Ireland.

  • Stuart

    Mar 17, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #9

    I recon Joey will get offered the 3 year extension at the end of the season which he deserves if he’s willing to take a pay cut, so joey will stay.

    With Jose however I can’t see him staying now, I just hope we sell him to a spanish or italian club so we don’t have to face him twice a season.

    I do of course hope I’m wrong.

  • NufcGlen

    Mar 17, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #10

    what a downer of a article


    Mar 17, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #11

    Look Guys players move on – it happens (Man Utd/Arsenal/Liverpool) have all transfered world class players out in the past few years. The plan is to have someone lined up as a replacement to buffer the blow, as i have said on a few occasions last January was embarrassing however Carroll had as much to do with that as did Ashley. Van Arnholt is a ready made replacement for the Bull. Barton has been great this season but only this one (and he does go missing for the final 15 minutes of games) If people go they go – lets look forward to another season (or ten) in the top flight. Pardew and Carr are doing some travelling and until a player is signed and paraded its all pure paper talk and one thing I know from experience is that paper talk can rile the toon army!

    Keep the faith.

  • ToonMatt

    Mar 17, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #12

    I’ll be gutted to see Barton and Enrique leave but this was Ashley’s plan from the start to sell our best players so he can make a profit for himself.
    I disagree with solaidback, Carroll was forced out by Ashley, If they did not want to sell him they could have said no like Blackpool did with Adam, Ashley even had his helecopter waiting outside for him,
    At the end of the day this is what it will be like for us until Ashley sells up and goes and i hope its sooner rather than later.

  • Stuart

    Mar 17, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #13

    Yawn, here we go again.

    ‘Ashleys asset stripping’

    ‘hes not going to be happy til we’re in the conference’

    ‘MA is the devil incarnate’

    Carroll was not forced out, he was greedy. He’d just signed a new contract and was promised another in the summer, however he couldnt wait and asked for a raise he knew he wouldnt get. Good riddance to him and I hope he makes liverpool play shitty longball football.

    IMO the team is on the up, and even if we do lose joey and jose in the summer, the clubs bigger than any one player. I’m expecting big things in the window and an exciting season afterwards.

  • Lee Dodd

    Mar 17, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #14

    I think there Just hanging on to see if we stay up then Sign. At There age They dont want to be going to Plymouth and Doncaster again Next season. We wont go down but this is Newcastle United.

  • Charlietoon

    Mar 17, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #15

    Pathetic whinging bollocks. Oh Andy how could you?!?!

    I keep coming to this blog hoping for something based on fact…or even a quote but alas that seems too much to ask

  • Brutooon

    Mar 17, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #16

    we cant blame enrique if he want to go out, he been at the club for 4 years will all the tumour, hundreds of managers, fat owner, bla bla

  • Edd Case

    Mar 17, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #17

    I would sell Enrique in a heart beat if a silly offer came in, like £15million or more.

    THere are easily better left backs about.

    I really like the look of Taiwe or whatever his name is of OM.

  • Stuart

    Mar 17, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #18

    We wont get £15m Edd Case, with his contract only having a year left on it we’ll be very lucky to get £10m.

  • repo

    Mar 17, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #19

    Remember Barton still a idiot and one season doesnt make him a superstar he’s been a idiot for 3 years and i would sell him tbh he’s only playing on the right cause of arfa being injured come the summer when we will get a new right and left winger he be gone..

  • Spartan

    Mar 17, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #20

    Barton has played very well whenever he has been able to play. Playing him on the right wasn’t his choice (it was supposedly out of position), he seems willing to play anywhere. He hasn’t said anything bad about the club or his team-mates or the fans. He said he was prepared to take a pay cut for a 3 year deal. I can’t see why anybody has a problem with any of that.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Mar 17, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #21

    Why all this sh*t around who is staying and who is going we need to get rid of fat tw*t & Lamearse. With these two in charge we are going no where we can forget about challenging for anything other than relegation I’d rather have an Indian multi-millionaire or Russiona anyone other than the lying b*st*rds we’ve got.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Mar 17, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #22

    Meant “Russian”

  • Stuart

    Mar 17, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #23

    How exactly are we supposed to get rid of them Geordiedoonsooth?

    Its common knowledge they couldnt really give a shit about the fans so protests and verbal abuse directed towards them wont work. Empty stadiums would work, but of course MA knows that would never happen at St James.

    Only thing that will ever get rid of MA is if someone offers to buy the club and he makes a healthy profit.

    Until that happens we just have to get used to the fat one and his naked pal.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 17, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #24

    I know Barton has had half a very good season, but surely there must be some better younger fitter players out there without the baggage, to make us not so dependent on him to sign another contract.

  • shearermania

    Mar 17, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #25

    Enrique best left back in the world – losing him well in my eyes, but i might be biased. but make no mistake in losing him is a mighty blow and no we wouldnt be able to sign any like him….

    as ASBO goes ‘- cant stand him…still cant forgive him for the tackle against liverpool that gave him a red card and a three match ban….hes been to jail, he has put the game and our club in the sh..t… he is starting to give a little back in terms of some good showing this season but then his greed kills it,…… remember who stood by you joey in your darkest hours…… well one forgets easy… loyalty and ambition…my ars… joey

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 17, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #26

    I thought barton was looking for 3 years from now, but he actually has another 18 months to still run and was being offered another 2 years after that.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 17, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #27

    shearer mania,

    spot on he owes us 3 years for a start !!
    bit dodgy he goes missing now when his contract is up for renewal.

  • shearermania

    Mar 17, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #28

    we managed to get a hell of a lot of get well messages sent to benny boy…..
    what about a hell of a lof please stay messages to enrique……in my humble opinion he is the player we must do all to keep hold of……he is head and heels better than any other at the club…the boy is pure class

  • Stuart

    Mar 17, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #29

    I reckon Jose knows exactly how much hes wanted here, its just up to him whether that means anything to him.

  • Sav

    Mar 17, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #30

    According to the Streaker, the justification for selling Carroll is based on the fact we were offered way over the odds and the lad himself insisted on the move (or £80k per week).
    Suppose neither of those had happened and we got to the end of the season. Cashley was going to have to invest significantly in the squad anyway, right? We need several players to add to the squad and it seems certain a few were going to be shipped out and need replacing.
    So if the Carroll money is a windfall, and a generous one, apart from replacing Carroll with it, why the hell does the remainder have to be spread over wages and expenses? And what about the extra money that was going to have to be found (Sky TV, Premiership, season tickets etc.) to pay for the squad improvements? Now it seems £35 million is our maximum budget including wages for the whole squad regeneration.
    Can some Ashley acolyte explain how that works?

  • Stuart

    Mar 17, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #31

    Ive been saying that for awhile like Sav, everyones caught up thinking we’ve got a £35m budget this summer.

    But that suggests that if AC wasnt sold we wouldnt have got any funds at all.

    In a perfect world we’d have a £50m warchest, but we just know that wont happen lol.

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Mar 17, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #32

    Sometimes I really wonder about people who don’t question the decisions of the club and literally swallow all the stuff they get fed from the board.

    It has just come out in the papers that Carroll didn’t have an agent acting for him at the time, so that “he put in a transfer request, he wanted to leave” is absolute rubbish. It was put out so that supporters would turn on Carroll, rather than the club. Liverpool came out and said that the torres price was “contingent on what Newcastle wanted for Carroll” so that deal was already well in motion.

    In the window we got Ireland, on loan paying none of his wages and we got Ben Arfa. We will sell Jose in the summer. The lack of ambition is frightening, but so is the deluded fans. It’s now wonder people laugh at us.

  • Stuart

    Mar 17, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #33

    Johnny, just because he didnt have an agent doesnt mean he didnt ask for a new contract or hand in a transfer request.

    I know footballers arent exactly smart but I reckon AC could grasp asking for more money or leaving.

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Mar 17, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #34

    I think he probably could but you need an agent to sign the contract which is what Liverpool did and are currently being looked at for.

    Like others have said, you can say no to these things. Carroll would have still played 100%, I don’t doubt that at all. That’s just how he is. In reality he was always going to be sold, either in the Jan window or summer.


    Mar 17, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #35

    Right, regarding our funds for summer and “wheres the extra money”… Let’s not forget that we still owe ashley quite a bit of cash! Looking around £100m I bet… He wants that back… Everyone involved in the premier league has said, at 35 million, they would’ve sold him too! So, as a company trying to break even and be self sufficient, now we are in a position to invest heavily in or squad AND reduce our debt… If that’s not a great position to be in I don’t know what is!!


    Mar 17, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #36

    Why in your articals do you always say “the newcastle club” instead of just newcastle?

  • gorskino10

    Mar 17, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #37

    TBH it isnt the summer window yet if we dont hear any talk of contracts to Jose and Barton it means they will leave.

  • toon18

    Mar 17, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #38

    I’d quite like to see that Matuidi guy come in. Him and Tiote in the middle would be awesome. I think an in form Ireland would add all the passing ability and creativity that we’d lose if Barton left.
    I also think Taiwo could do a job.

    ____Gervinho___Ireland___Ben Arfa

    Gameiro, Whickham or Wolfswinkel would be preferable to Best.

    Having Matuidi and Tiote in the middle would allow the front four to get forward and bang in the goals!

  • steve1980

    Mar 17, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #39

    It just all depends on how the season pans out. The transfer window in January was an utter disgrace. We needed 3 players even with Carroll staying – midfielder, winger, striker. If we had of been willing to part with £12m in transfer fees, we could’ve had Kranjcar (£5-6m), Larsson (£1-2m) & Elmander (£3-4m), particularly as the latter two are out of contract at the end of the summer – Bolton are accomodating Elmander on the wing out of position now because they had the prescence of mind to get in Sturridge, the ambition you might say.

    And we ended up with a crazy crocked Irishman and a washed up former Finland international. The joke isn’t funny anymore, too close to home and too near the bone, as Morrissey once crooney mournfully.

    Point is, Jose Enrique and Barton, and our other better players, have every right to ask questions and demand evidence of the clubs ambition. A players carear is short and you have to take opportunities when they come. They were all set to sign new contracts before Carroll was sold, but they’ve seen evidence, if ever anymore was needed, that Ashley has no intention of building anything here.

    He wants to make as much money as possible, buy ’em cheap, sell ’em big, start the process all over again. Ladies & gents, we are Wigan…with a bigger stadium, and without the rugby fetish!

  • Davies

    Mar 17, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #40

    Johnny Brooks

    Actually, there are quite a lot of football players who don’t have agents. Scholes has never had one, and I doubt very much that he signed a 20 year contract with Man Utd when he was a nipper.

    Carroll had a five year contract. Agent or no agent, if he didn’t want to go, he didn’t have to.


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