We had an article out on Sunday saying that Joey Barton would sign a three year deal at the club.
Joey Barton – wants to stay on Tyneside
And there’s a good report in the Evening Chronicle today, where a source close to Joey himself, has come out and said Joey indeed wants to stay on Tyneside.
A source close to Joey Barton (Joey? :D) told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Joey wants to stay at Newcastle because he is happy here.” “He may be opinionated at times, but he hasn’t forgotten what Newcastle did for him during his time at the club.”
“And he’s got a lot of respect for all of the staff there, from the manager down.” “There has been talk that he was ready to quit the club, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. “His main priority is to stay here – and always has been.”
“Joey has got a great rapport with the Newcastle fans who obviously appreciate his efforts on the pitch, and he wants that relationship to continue.”
It seems that Joey had enormous respect for manager Alan Pardew (as he did for Chris Hughton), and it’s both for Alan as a person and as a coach too, since Pardew has impressed the Newcastle players with his knowledge of the game.
We hope that Pardew will be having a huge influence with Joey and other players behind the scenes, and we fully expect Barton to sign a new deal at the club this summer, and we just hope Newcastle can give him a fair deal.
It’s players like Joey, Jose Enrique and Kevin Nolan that Newcastle need to keep this summer, as they provide a great backbone for the side, with new recruits arriving in the summer.
And we are also doing our best to keep Jose Enrique at the club, and had an article out this morning urging fans to write to Jose asking him to stay on Tyneside. We don’t know if it will have any impact, but you don’t win the lottery if you don’t buy a ticket.
If these three players do stay on Tyneside, and with Ben Arfa, Dan Gosling and possibly Stephen Ireland all fit and ready for next season, there’s six very good players right there, and that’s without the new arrivals in the summer.
It’s starting to look good to us.