It was really shocking new yesterday that Newcastle would not be offering Joey Barton a new contract.
Mike Ashley – has shown a ruthless streak
His agent Willie McKay announced that Joey would see the final year of his contract out and leave as a free agent next summer.
Of course that’s not what the Newcastle hierarchy would be thinking, and the first good offer this summer for the player, would be taken, and joey’s high wages would be off the books.
It does seem there’s some ill feeling between Joey and Llambias and maybe even Ashley t0o, and apparently Joey is now adamant he will see out his contract on Tyneside.
This is what Willie McKay said today as he tried to clarify the situation:
“We left it, both parties, that we would discuss it at the end of the season. I got a call to come up at the end of the season and I fully expected them to come up with some sort of offer; they never did.”
“That’s where we stand at the minute. It was a very short meeting actually. But it was a long drive up and a long drive down.”
“At the end of the day, Joey is very strong-minded and very confident in his own ability. I’ve had a few other calls from other clubs after the news came on that everybody knows about.”
“I’ve had a few managers on asking what the situation is about Joey, but only if a top club came in would he move in. I think he’s made his mind up to stay at Newcastle until the end of next season.”
“Any club would have to arrange a transfer fee, but at this minute in time Joey has made up his mind to stay at Newcastle because he loves it up there.” “He’s settled. He’s playing very, very well and hopefully can break into the England team at some stage.”
Alan Pardew came out earlier this week and made it very clear he wanted to re-sign Joey Barton, and he must have known this news was about to pop.
And it’s all a little surprising because Barton has been close to signing a new deal to stay on Tyneside, and was said to have taken a £1M/year cut in wages too.
But the disagreement was the length of the extension and it seems like Newcastle were only willing to offer a two year deal and Joey wanted a three year deal.
“Obviously, they’ll be in the situation where they’ll be looking for somebody to come in for Joey if they’re not offering him a contract,”
“But it would need to be the right club and Joey is quite strong-minded – I think he’ll stay at Newcastle for next season.”
“The only way Joey will stay after that year at Newcastle, I think, is if there are new owners, to be perfectly honest.”
So that last line almost confirms that Joey does not see eye to eye with the Newcastle hierarchy, and with this happening, we hardly think Jose Enrique will be staying either.
But Ashley and LLambias have shown again how utterly ruthless they can be with their staff.
Chris Hughton was unceremoniously dismissed last December after everything he had done for the club last seaosn, and even had Newcastle off to a very decent start ion the Premier League.
And although Joey put in 35 appearances this season with 5 goals, he has made only 82 appearances for Newcastle over four seasons with 8 goals, and that’s not a good return for a player who is said to be on £65K/week.
However, he seems to have overcome his injury problems at Newcastle, and he was just great for the side last season, and he’s also a leader at the club.
We are a bit concerned that some of the leaders, who have helped Newcastle form a magnificent team spirit at the club, may be thrown aside.
Joey Barton is one of those.
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