Newcastle To Let Joey Barton Leave


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.

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784 comments so far

  • toonincheek

    May 25, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #1

    Not entirely good news but better than being held to ransom.

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  • tweaked

    May 25, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #2

    talk about stupidity… surely his earned his contract extension

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  • G

    May 25, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #3

    Just to repeat what I said on the last thread, nufc.com have this one down as brinkmanship on the part of Willie McKay. Naill and Biffa are usually pretty clued up on these things, and tend not to sensationalize the story as lots of the press or Sky do. I wouldn’t form an angry mob, or write off Barton just yet.

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  • connor_nufc

    May 25, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #4

    Y not?
    what the f****k is wrong with Newcastle.

    Wats the reason?

    I duno y I support this club

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  • shearerbliss

    May 25, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #5

    I would let some of you bloggers in the know! For the last 3 years NUFC have been trying to get JB off there books. Now if the question is value for money =, this is the man who replaced our captain, for now the player of the year. In those 3 years JB has been either injued, in jail or as with this year showed up to play for an extension.
    How many of you would honesly put our money into securing this player. And if so why?

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  • boomboomcheick

    May 25, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #6

    not the end of the world.
    i mean when we have our strongest side in he was pushed onto the right wing, and there is a tonne of better right wingers out there.

    personally i think we should make an offer for nzogbia, joey barton + x amount of money for zog. fair deal i say and i think we would get ther better end of the deal

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  • Nufc_mo

    May 25, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #7

    Id form an Angry Mob regardless of him staying or not. We need something to drive that fat *u*t out of here.

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  • WWJBD (Becks4RB)

    May 25, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #8

    G most wont listen to you for a couple of hours

    they need time to over react before thinking about it in the bigger picture

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  • connor_nufc

    May 25, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #9

    Y the f**k r they not offering him one?

    theyve really pissed me off this time

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  • MacToon

    May 25, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #10

    What a joke, been one of our best players this season. His range of passing in our last game against Brom was staggering.

    If this is the final word then I have to say it’s another big mistake by NUFC.

    I still live in the hope he’ll agree on a contract extension.

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  • WWJBD (Becks4RB)

    May 25, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #11

    Rooneys agent came out and said he wanted to leave Man Utd and he ended up at Madrid no it was Barca no no it was City or Milan or Chelsea…………

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  • Nufc_mo

    May 25, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #12

    Yes the player can be replaced… but the team spirit that was formed when we were relegated/promoted and through Survival wont be…. this will affect the squad mentality!

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  • CT

    May 25, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #13

    Brinkmanship!! At a recent charity dinner I attended where Joey was the guest of honour,in his opinion he said the club was extracting the urine. He wanted minimum 3x year deal, the club offered 2x year. Surely the middle ground is 2xyears with an option of a 3rd.
    Or the club wants his high wages off the books and are confident that Gos/ Vukic plus new signings will more than cover Joey`s departure.
    Now explains why we are also looking at midfielders!!

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  • GeordieMeerkat

    May 25, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #14

    If true then it’s disgraceful as Barton has been arguably our best player this season and done so out of position.

    On the other hand though his agent is Willie McKay and he is one of the biggest scumbags in the game when it comes to hocking players to expand his fortune evermore especially where Newcastle are concerned.

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  • Shearers-Island

    May 25, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #15

    I would put it more down to agent trying to get a sweeter deal than owt else. Same as STaylor did, similar to what Rooneys agent did.
    Still, the focus being on us again for the wrong reasons is a pain in the arse…..I reckon he’ll have a new deal signed soon. F**k his agent.

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  • Nufc_mo

    May 25, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #16

    My day is officially ruined. Was planning on asking a friend of mine in the UK to get me a Shirt with Barton on the back.

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  • sweendog

    May 25, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #17

    isn’t mckay rooneys agent ??
    maybe things can be sorted out ..
    he was one of our best players this season .. did have his ups and downs but he owes us .. lets see if Barton or his agent does the talking .. although if we got leroy fer in the middle and gervinho out right we wouldn’t miss him .. but I hope he doesn’t go though..

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  • dawid182

    May 25, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #18

    I won’t cry for him 🙂 He’s not as great player as we believe. We must calm down, think! He’s not be able to kick, a Niko Krancjar would be a much better solution in the midfield.

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  • vibroguy

    May 25, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #19

    I don’t believe it. I think its just another greedy f****g agent trying to get his own way.
    Its time a code of conduct was forced upon these greedy c***s, they’re ruining the game

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  • toonbelmonter

    May 25, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #20

    hes been offerd about 4 contracts man, thers nothing the club can do if he wont sign it, people need to stop getting emotionally attached to players, this isnt ashleys fault, if barton wont sing the contract its because his agent wil want a big ol’ wedge just like rooney and saylors agent, if i remember correctly saylors agent sed he probly wont sign wile saylor sed he wanted to stay, it could be that all over agen we dont kno

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  • toonincheek

    May 25, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #21

    I reckon JB will be giving it his all on the pitch next season to show his worth and get a new contract.
    Whether that’s with us or someone else – who knows – it’s a year away.

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  • sweendog

    May 25, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #22

    or marvin martin the middle .. 🙂

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  • shearermania

    May 25, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #23

    team spirit my arce…..he was there when we got relegated…in fact he was the culprit who got us relegated in the first place…

    i would call it even if he had played a year for free…

    he was in jail, he managed to get in a fight with our legend and hero, he got us relegated, he was always injured…..

    we dont owe him anything……he still owes uss…big time

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  • Cockney Magpie

    May 25, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #24

    id do a straight swap for Stephen Ireland in a heartbeat!

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  • lesh

    May 25, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #25

    G // May 25, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Agree with you that this is no more than a stand off and it’s down to who blinks first.

    If a buying club comes in for Joey, then best of luck to him and if it’s more cah in the kitty, then fine – as long as we get a replacment who’s as good if not better than him.

    It’s not the end of the world.

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  • sweendog

    May 25, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #26

    talk of Charlie Adam coming in instead of Barton .. not too sure this is the best of deals .. maybe its coming down to wages ..

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  • NathanH NUFC

    May 25, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #27

    Its pretty safe to say Newcastle United is run by a group of monkeys…

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  • lesh

    May 25, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #28

    C’mon Cockney, at least Joey got out on the park unlike Ireland!

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  • ginkoh

    May 25, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #29

    Just AGENT bluff game, Don’t be panic. The fastest way Mckay can get reaction from board is go to public like this.

    If Barton want to stay, He stay. If not, how can we do ? let it be. But I still confident he will sign new contract with us.

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  • The Entertainers

    May 25, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #30

    Have to say by doing this to Barton and possibly Nolan they are ripping the soul from our current squad.
    The character of the sqaud is the most impressive thing at the moment . Pardew and the board may ‘be’ about the rip up the current blue print and start afresh!
    Dangerous ground, English passionate players are so important just as important as fancy flair ones!

    Read recently you fill your team with flair you get Arsenal or W.Ham, sacrifice a little flair for character and you get Man Utd!
    Decent enough point!

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  • Banbridge Mags

    May 25, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #31

    Sorry lads but this news can only be received as a Greek tragedy. Firstly we’re losing arguably our player of the season and at this point likely to be sold on before the new season to generate more funds. 
    Secondly and far far more important is what this means as a club moving forward. 
    I am in the Banbridge and district Newcastle United supporters club and we made a player of the season presentation to Joey before the West Brom game. All good and Joey was a gent. Later on Sunday evening we ended up in Osbornes in Jesmond and Joey was there with friends and we got talking to him. He was very frank and talked openly about having a meeting with Derek Llambias on wed (today) to discuss his future with the club. He seemed frustrated with the level of players we had and had been holding back on signing a new contract (which he wanted) along with Kevin Nolan until thy seen the calibre of player we would REALISTICALLY bring into the club.
    Obviously the proper assurances have neither been given nor offered by the board and he’ll seek pastures new. This does not bode well for summer transfer plans as I’m strongly of the opinion the transfers we’ve been linked with are nothing but smoke and mirrors to generate season ticket sales for Ashley. Joey wanted the club to show real ambition and leave the talk out. What must have been said in that meeting that not only made up his mind but also left no chance to come back to the table and thrash out a deal?
    Very disappointed at this news folks- Ashley and board can talk of top 6 and Europe all they like but any man and his dog knows you’ll never achieve this by letting your best players leave for a want of ambition. Bad choice Mike Ashley- school report reads ‘must try harder!!!’

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  • G

    May 25, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #32

    @ lesh. Not saying he will stay, or go, but Willie McKay has a history of this sort of thing with us. Remember Laurent Robert’s transfer out? Either way, we only have one side of the story out there at the minute and I’m sure we will get the full story in time.

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  • shearerbliss

    May 25, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #33

    Being our best (not loyal) player does not entitle you to £x million.
    I do not undersand some of our fans on this site. We can not keep pissing money up the wall like this. Football is a cut throat buisness.
    NUFC have changes there ways. The old NUFC would give him what he wants because he had one good season out of 4.
    Does that really warrent MA to go into our buget to secure him until he retires.
    I have always stated that JB has to control both his attitude and actions.
    I would ONLY consider an offer IF he was an current international and was being hounded by other clubs.
    But threatining NUFC that you would walk on a free is NOT the way to do buisness!

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 25, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #34

    i just think its bad, people are being two faced here. 28 you want him 2 leave. lampard and gerrard god hold are they.

    i hope a middle ground can be found and then ill see what all of you say.

    & abt the club why not sell him why let him go on afree.

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  • carrollsinger

    May 25, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #35

    Don’t need him we have gosling who will play centre and tiote and Nolan can play there we will be buying so wingers yes Barton is good bit only this season maybe it’s a matter of time before he explodes again

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  • NewcastleMole

    May 25, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #36

    Last week i mentioned the “Potential” for a player exodus. Enrique is all but certain to leave.
    I said Barton & Nolan would leave if one or the other did. Nolan isnt going to commit to a club selling its best players.

    “We all want Joey to stay, we want to keep this squad together. We can’t afford to lose any other big players.”

    You can guarantee there will be a Bid for Tiote by at least one club. It just depends on the resolve of the club to keep him.

    @toonincheek

    I think the club would take whatever they can now rather than lose him for nothing.

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  • Steve79

    May 25, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #37

    Joey is a good player, but I wouldn’t be devastated to see him go. Like the comments before 1 good season doesn’t make him irreplaceable and to be honest I keep expecting him to do something rash. With young players coming through like Vuckic, Gosling coming back we may actually be trying to change the way we play.

    Gone will be the long balls from Barton up to Carroll, more playing it through the midfield to strikers/wingers with a bit of pace.

    To be honest I see promising times arriving back for the toon, not since I was a nipper watching the Keegan team of old have I been so excited about the future.

    keep the faith, im feeling good about next season.

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  • Beardo

    May 25, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #38

    Marvin Martin will be coming in to replace him, 18 assists in Ligue 1 this season. Don’t panic, these aren’t off the cuff decisions.

    Kev is leaving too, Haris will make the step-up. He’s the most technically gifted youngster I’ve ever worked with, could be world-class, bodes well for the future.

    Again, don’t panic, it’s just a new era.

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  • Scottiedog

    May 25, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #39

    Yes he has been a very good player this season, but there has been a lot of times when he has been out of the game. We seem only to rely on him for that perfect long ball instead of passing to midfield. Yes he has been a good player this year but with Nolan in the middle next year for sure and Ben Arfa on the wing is Barton going to happy on the bench??
    I seem to remember a few years ago we could not even give him away!!

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  • Hebburn Mag

    May 25, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #40

    no matter how bad people think joey barton is he loves this club as if hes been here all his life. Just like with the S. Taylor deal its the club thats messed up, Taylor wanted to stay and now look at how happy he is. Barton obviously wants to stay but Ashley is just being greedy not wanting to part with a few more ££s to keep proberbly our seasons best player. Ashley looked as if he was starting to change but hes just trying to do things his way (the wrong way), all he has to do is look and talk to the fans to find out what the right thing to do is!!

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