Keep Joey Barton And Jose Enrique On Tyneside

Newcastle may be just one win away from safety, and once that happens, Newcastle have said they will open negotiations with both Jose Barton and Jose Enrique to keep them on Tyneside.

Let’s try to keep both Barton and Enrique on Tyneside

Let’s be straight – it would be a huge lift for the club if both players can commit their futures to Newcastle before the summer.

And we know that every player has their price, as Steve Harper recently pointed out, and that doesn’t say that a huge offer will not tempt Mike Ashley to sell either one of them in the summer.

But it will have to be big money to get either one of the two excellent Newcastle players, and we know it took a cool £35M, £30M of it in cash, plus a 25%  (or was it 7%) sell-on fee, for Liverpool to finally get Andy Carroll.

A fantastic cash windfall for the Newcastle club, although yes, we did lose big Andy.

Alan Pardew was unsuccessful in keeping Carroll on Tyneside, and of course selling players is really out of his hands, and it’s up to owner Mike Ashley to decide if a player is sold or not.

Pardew told the local Newcastle press today:

“It’s important to keep your best players – and our best players showed up on Saturday, big style.”

“We had some outstanding performances within that team on Saturday – Joey Barton was one of them.”

Kevin Nolan will miss the next two games with a two match suspension for picking up his 10th yellow card of the season, Leon Best is out injured, Cheick Tiote will still be suspended, but the good news is that Ryan Taylor will be back from his 3 match suspension.

And Stephen Ireland cannot play against his club, although the rumor is that he is fit again, but the Irishman didn’t even make the bench on Saturday.

Alan Pardew will be struggling to put out a strong team against Villa on Saturday, as the manager said today:

“We had a lot of medical problems, but we managed to patch people up, and get over the line.”

” Not only did the team played well, but my staff have been brilliant this week.”

“It was a really great day for Newcastle United. The fans played their part.”

Joey Barton was our Man of the Match on Saturday, with around 42% of the vote – and you can still vote here – but only one vote per reader is allowed.

One fact is very true, and that’s when Joey Barton plays for Newcastle, they are simply a better side, and the fact he will be available at Aston Villa says Newcastle still have a decent chance of winning that game.

We really hope Alan can persuade both Joey and Jose to sign new contracts on Tyneside, because they were both so loyal during the dark times following Newcastle’s relegation.

Things look to be on the up at the Newcastle club now, and we really hope they will stay around, and help to make Newcastle great again.

If you would like to send either player a short note to try to persuade them to stay at Newcastle, you can do do here.

20 comments so far

  • Brutooon

    Apr 4, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #1

    one or two win then Enrique will sign a new contract

  • Alinufc

    Apr 4, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #2
  • Alinufc

    Apr 4, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #3

    not laughing at relegation (sad day for us all but kinda helped) more that in the post edd says goodbye barton enrique, collo im so glad they didnt!!!! (not saying anything gainst edd no one would have actually expected them to stay, thanks for the blog)

  • gorskino10

    Apr 4, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #4


    I think the same i think he loves the club and as Ashley has said his plans and IF they bolster the club with GOOD players not ones just for the sake of it like getting in Larsson etc.
    Then he will sign a contract and so will Barton i hope we give Barton the contract he wants.

    But back to Jose its strange but the second this thing about AC Milan and being linked away from the club and quotes of his saying he wanted to leave he shut off his Facebook i wondered if that was a sign of him distancing himself from the clubs fans?

    Lets hope they both stay.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 4, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #5

    Keep Barton if Enrique wants to go sell him Ferguson will turn in to a top top player

  • lesh

    Apr 4, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Ho hum, it seems that our Liverpudlian friends are hovering again…

    They seem to be linked to anybody these days.

    Easter’s headline?

    Dalglish dreams as Pope pontificates over move to Anfield!


    Apr 4, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #7

    I,m hoping they both stay but it will only take a ridiculous offer for Fat Ash to think WOW!
    And it will be arriverderci! Jose and bye bye Joey!
    It happened with Carroll! It might happen again!

  • Ericles

    Apr 4, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #8

    It is imperative that we keep Barton and Enrique on Tyneside. This will have to be done in the face of attempted raids by other clubs and managers – who want to take talent away that they themselves have not developed. Capped with that is the cash till minded economics of Ashley. I just hope that these two players stick with us when the wolves from inside and outside our club get the smell of a good deal. Howay our lads.

  • sweendog

    Apr 4, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #9

    barton is irreplaceable .. and enrique has been a star performer .. he’s now our first choice LB .. if they’re smart though I think they should stay and see if ashley does finally invest carrolls money .. we could be challenging for europe and playing good football .. nevermind 50K+ fans cheering him on..

  • sweendog

    Apr 4, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #10

    does anybody know if Liverpool actually have any money .. they’re linked with all our players .. and players we are chasing .. my feeling is theres not alot of money there..

    Somebody should tell Enrique how sh*te our football was under daglish .. he can turn a top 4 team into mid-table in 1 year .. rather Pardew than daglish..

  • Mo Drysdale

    Apr 4, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #11

    What do you all thik about this team for Sunday, taking injuries into consideration. If Enique, Ireland and Best are fit, remove Ferguson, Guthrie and Ranger.






    1. 4-4-2 With Colo covering the back 4 in a Tiote-esque way but getting forward to support Barton when possible. Colo is so comfortable on the ball, he has done this before for his previous club.

    2. Ranger has to score eventualy?

  • arcarius

    Apr 4, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #12

    Ferguson’s best position is obviously not at LB, so keeping Enrique during the summer is a must!

  • oldbobaycliffe

    Apr 4, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #13

    never thought i would say this but i hope they keep barton because to me he is getting better with age not only is he a good passer/crosser of the ball he does have a football brain and he no longer seems such a hothead and this season he has probably been fouled more times than any other player at NUFC.

  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 4, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #14

    Simply cannot lose Barton, he’s our most influential player since Shearer. I concur with Edd, with Barton on the pitch, we can dominate teams and you know you’ve always got a chance to salvage something if you’re behind.

    gorskino10 – That crossed my mind when he deleted his Twitter account. It was a few weeks into Pardew’s tenor, after he’d been reprimanded about leaking team info, on the eve of a game (AP did this too only a few days ago, double standards?). I think he possibly took a disliking to AP as a consequence, then like you say, proceeded to distance himself from the fans.

    There’d be no other reason to shut down your account, because he loved interacting with fans on there, always having a laugh, now he’s conspicuous by his absence and keeping everything on the hush.

    I hope not, but I reckon he’s already gone.

  • Billy1985

    Apr 4, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #15

    was any1 at the evening with joey barton there, he said the only reason why he didnt sign the contract was that he was offered 20K a week even though i would be happy with that a year lol it would be a massive wage drop for him plus he has definately deserves a much better wage

  • chuck

    Apr 4, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #16

    It appears, the club is playing hard ball contract wise with Joey, due to some ignoramus`s belief that a three year contract is too long and at thirty three he would be over the hill.
    Resulting in a possibility they may end up loosing their current best player, another dumb move by the football geniuses.
    As for Enrique, unless he gets selected before the end of the year for the Spanish national side, he will definately want away.
    The only way we will hang onto him would be to both show him the money and also show him the club has ambition.
    What do I mean by ambition ?
    Sign some quality players, not a bunch of free agents or cheapo`s, hell the money`s there !

  • Lee Dodd

    Apr 4, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #17

    Joey Must Stay Witout a Dought But Jose I Am afraid if he has any Dought He must go and Get Us the Best Price We can get For Him. £5 / £7 Million Get that lad from Chelsea or give Young Shane Ferguson His Chance ?????? We are Going to Have an Awsome 2011/12 season if Mike Ashley gets The Cheque Book Out . But if We can Keep Jose if he can see we are going forward He will probably stay after Jonas and His Pal Fabricio Tel Him To then that would be even Better.

  • MadAboutToon

    Apr 4, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #18

    i really hope jose stays, i think he’s one of the best LB in the world, and we’d find it hard to replace him, and joey has been probably the best in prem this year but i have no worry about him leaving. the future is bright with these two in ur team. HWTL!!

  • nufcursed

    Apr 4, 2011 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #19

    we should buy one of the following belgian players (all massive talents):

    kevin mirallas
    axel witsel
    kevin de bruyne
    eden hazard
    romelu lukaku

    all financially possible transfers great players and very young!

    i would buy mirallas and witsel they’re worldclass

  • Sav

    Apr 4, 2011 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #20

    Ed, please. Begging letters to some spotty jumped-up, overpaid kid? I’m far too old for that. If they want to wear the black and white shirt, I’ll cheer them every week. But the minute they’d rather wear somebody else’s livery, they can take a hint from Wayne Rooney. Its as simple as that.

    Its up to Ashley to ‘send a little note’ to the players, not the fans. Barton, apparently wants 3 years extension. Ashley should give it to him and be glad to secure him that long. That may help to convince Enrique.

    The other thing that may convince him is spending wisely but ambitiously on good, new, eager players. This should be done as soon as possible so a settled squad goes off on pre-season which is the foundation of a successful season.

    And if that doesn’t convince any player, then he’s welcome to take off. The papers seem to think Jose ‘s bags are already packed and I’m absolutely fed up of headlines like ‘Liverpool target Enrique coveted by AC Milan’ which is a bit like the adulterous milkman being jealous of the window-cleaner.


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