News today in the Sunday Sun that Newcastle remain at an impasse in discussions with Joey Barton on his new contract.
Joey Barton – captains Newcastle today
It seems that Joey wants as much as a four year extension to his current contract which runs out next summer, and Newcastle offered the 28 year-old a two year extension in January.
If Joey gets his wish then he would remain on Tyneside until the summer of 2016. How about agreeing half way – and give Joey a three year extension?
Manager Alan Pardew wants to keep his best players at Newcastle of course, because he’s not daft, and Alan is said to be trying to get Newcastle to get some agreement with Barton, who will captain the side at Stamford Bridge today.
It seems contract negotiations will continue in earnest once the season completes next Sunday, and Alan said this about Joey’s contract today:
“That is a process that will have to start when the season ends.”
We have to hope some agreement can be reached with Joey, and we are also waiting for an announcement that captain Kevin Nolan has signed his new long term deal.
Once that happens, we were hoping Joey would also sign on at Newcastle long term, and there is even news today that Jose Enrique may be having second thoughts about leaving Newcastle.
If Newcastle can sign Nolan, Barton and Enrique on new long term deals next month, that would give the club a massive massive lift.
We might even have a decent team next season. 😀