Joey Barton will not be offered a new contract to stay on Tyneside, that’s the shock news today.
Joey Barton – will leave Newcastle next summer – presumably
Joey’s agent Willie McKay has had a meeting with club officials, and he was told that Joey will not be offered a new deal.
This is what McKay said:
“I had a meeting with Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias and club secretary Lee Charnley and they have indicated Joey will not be offered a new contract,”
“Joey will continue to be a Newcastle player next season and then he will leave on a free transfer at the end of his contract.”
“Joey would have loved to have extended his stay at Newcastle, but unfortunately it is not to be.” “Joey has loved his time at Newcastle and nothing will change his commitment for the club next season.”
“Obviously we will be monitoring the situation next January to try and find a new club for Joey as he can speak to clubs from abroad in January.”
Joey had a great season at the club, and became a firm favorite with the Geordie fans. He made 35 appearances with 5 goals for Newcastle last season, and in total has 82 appearances for Newcastle with 8 goals over the four seasons he’s been at the club.
In the five hour meeting last Thursday with Mike Ashley, Alan Pardew, Lee Charnley and Derek LLambias, Alan Pardew had said they had decided to sell some players, and hinted that if they couldn’t reach agreement with some players they would sell them.
It’s now interesting that yesterday Pardew made it very clear that he wanted to sign Joey, so this may even be a ploy to get Joey to agree to some new deal.
We have to hope so.
Joey now has every right to stay on Tyneside next season and become a free agent, but from Newcastle’s viewpoint this seems like an open invitation for clubs to come in and bid for the player.
Aston Villa and Hamburg are two clubs who have expressed interest, but we are really surprised both sides couldn’t reach an agreement, since they didn’t seem to be too far away.
This is a big disappointment.