Ruthlessness Of Newcastle Hierarchy Shows Through Again


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.

Willie continued:

“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.

Comments very welcome.



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29 comments so far

  • ochytoon

    May 26, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #1

    Get well soon Ed and thanks for putting up new articles while you’ve been ill. True commitment

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 26, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #2

    The owner seems to be displaying his petty side again. Barton has already offered to take a pay cut and was one of our best 3 or 4 players this season. Having such negative press attached to us already in the off season surely sends a poor message to the rest of the team. Unless we sign a very skillful attacking CM this summer this move doesn’t make any sense to me.

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  • alip123

    May 26, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #3

    Agreed with ochytoon. But interestingly enough Barton nor the club have come out with anything… Mayb McKay is trying to pressure the club to give Barton the deal he wants… Agents are too influential for my liking

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  • Hazey82

    May 26, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #4

    big mistake letting Barton go.. scrappers likr him are the reason we stayed up this year and he’s in his prime now WTF?????

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  • hainesy

    May 26, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #5

    I hope Barton and Gervinho both ditch their agents
    advice and sign for the might of the Toon
    HWTL!

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  • Magpietillidie22

    May 26, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #6

    Well barton on radio or something tonight so we will soon hear his side maybe?

    Naturally he’ll say “I love it here like, ‘onestly, i’ve turned me life around now n that, and of course i’m the best player to walk out of the sports direct@ st james park tunnel. Dont get me wrong messi’s good like but come on? Joey Barton, aka me, is on another level like. So I think I should earn, i dunno, 120k a week on a seven year deal. Its what i deserve n that”

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  • Toonfan8

    May 26, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #7

    First of all, good player, played good this season, but we expect that from somebody who is 65K/Weekly…where he was in first three years of his contract? in jail, in hospital, in bar…but now, when he can show his commitment to our club, he only throw his agent on us, that is really unfair from Joe. I like him, but now he have to show his character, if he think, club owe him something, then can go. He owe to this team three years of good football…

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  • solano

    May 26, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #8

    We still give Xisco 55k per week for his contribution in the last 3years……

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  • Toonfan8

    May 26, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #9

    Xisco, is another one….if he is honest guy, he ends his contract, but he knows, he is never going to have contract like this in his carrer, i would kick Denis Wise ass for that…

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  • vibroguy

    May 26, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #10

    again, I don’t believe it. I think its another greedy agent gobbing off (worst of the bunch IMHO).
    See what happens in a fortnight

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  • toonfan09

    May 26, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #11

    duno if people know but barton has joined twitter cconfirmed by simpson and steve wraaith

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  • oldbobaycliffe

    May 26, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #12

    lets be honest it seems to take an eternity to sign a contract these days surely it cant be that hard to put your signature to a piece of paper the club makes an offer its turned down then another is offered and if that is turned down then i think any club has the right to withdraw the offer.what enrique and barton should look at is some of the players that have left this club lately,owen martins.milner and even carroll none play regularly for their clubs i know carroll has been injured but you have to wonder if liverpool will use him regularly or as a change of tactics if thyey are losing.it amazes me how many players have problems signing their name

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  • dave_barron363

    May 26, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #13

    Its true that Joey has joined twitter and is on the radio tonight, so lets here what he has to say on the situation first before every has a go at him.

    Personally i think Mckay is just like Owen and the song should be changed to “Two greedy B**tards” but who knows!

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  • connor_nufc

    May 26, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #14

    Wat radio station?

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  • veto

    May 26, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #15

    always said id give them till the end of the summer , if that money wasnt spent and they didnt back up their claims i rally will wash my hands of it all till we have new owners an a reason to put my hard earned money into this club

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 26, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #16

    i dont like these agents all are ass holes

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  • geordieforeva

    May 26, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #17

    Let’s get real… If we sign gervinho/menez and nzog barton wouldn’t make the first team with Benny there too – And there’s Larson too. I think Joey may become a squad player – don’t forget gosling – they al have more talent than Joey

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  • doddsy

    May 26, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #18

    this is defo true like barton has came out and said that he hopes someone come in and buy ths clud before the end of this season which i rally think that someome will buy this club because he will put it up for sale but he wont mke it public

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  • solano

    May 26, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #19

    Barton could be a true hero by seeing his contract out and refusing to move…….and telling the blind faithers exactly how it is at Barrack Road……

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  • shabunkin

    May 26, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #20

    im all for it me , its agents ruining football for personal gain , look at steven taylor …he refused wat was offered , slapped on the transfer list …hes signed long term , shows it was him made the decision and not his advisors …. mckay is as bent as they come …i bet joey is desperate to sign but mckay is stirring it up to make his slice of the cake that midgeys dick bigger…..bout time sumone stood up to agents , well done Mr Ashley

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  • Davies

    May 26, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #21

    Sensationalising a bit here, Ed. We’re taking Willie McKay at his word, when there isn’t anybody else saying anything (club policy, whether we like it or not).

    Honestly, I see the bad feeling toward the owner being exploited to line the pockets of one of the most dispicable people in football (McKay, not Barton), and everyones going for it. Unless you were at the meeting, or you have a crystal ball, you don’t know what was said or why. Some of the worst people in published press are Newcastle United supporters, because they are among the easiest to manipulate. Wait and see what happens before you go slagging off your own club over a player you would all have been glad to see the back of two years ago.

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  • solano

    May 26, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #22

    A valid point about backing players, Davies, most of them have the loyalty of an Italian infantryman….however, as one of those who wasn’t calling for him to be sacked 2years ago, I was just raising the possibility that JB might just have the balls to stick to his guns…..I would also draw a very large distinction between what you perceive as “slagging off your own club” and criticising the maggots who are unworthy CUSTODIANS of the club……of which you consistently defend without foundation

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  • beefman13

    May 26, 2011 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #23

    Dont get me wrong i like joey but he has been doing various talk ins over the last year or so and apparently he always takes a pop at the owner, now talk about not biting the hand that feeds you!!!!!!!!!

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  • ginkoh

    May 27, 2011 at 4:08 AM

    Comment #24

    “The only way Joey will stay after that year at Newcastle, I think, is if there are new owners, to be perfectly honest.”

    Or fire you up and change his agent.

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  • Marty-Toon

    May 27, 2011 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #25

    Bunch of rubbish lettin your best payers go,we will not become a better team that way.
    Isn`t the idea to add quality not take it away.
    He and Nolan are the reason for the good squad closeness.
    Hate that they will sell him,he`s quality

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  • Starnufc

    May 27, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #26

    he’s not our best player but definately important to the team but still not worth 65k a week or whatever he makes. who makes the most on the team? random thought

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  • peterjoicey

    May 27, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #27

    It is not a case of IF Joey Barton will self-destruct but WHEN, why should it have to be at Newcastle? Letting him go might be wise.

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  • chuck

    May 27, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #28

    The hounds are baying again, it`s Joey this it`s Joey that !
    The fact is Joey has shown more than anyone, that he wants to play for this club, has offered to take a wage cut, in order to stay, has proven himself on the pitch and in the dressing room as a leader.
    His manager has been demonised by both the media and the commentators on these blogs.
    The real problem here is the man who is in control, “Ashley” who pulls all the levers and uses Pardew and Llambias as mouthpieces.
    Whats the expression, ?” tight as a drum”!
    Just offered four million for a player he sold for over six, why ? hey good business if you can get it, but everyone , even the dogs in the street are aware you wont get N`Zogbia for that kinda money, so why ?
    Appears he is attempting to either get rid of the two best players on the side, Nolan with twelve goals and Joey who has played his ass off all season, or get them to accept a reduced contract.
    If they go you rip the heart out of the side, but hey with Ash. it`s all about the dosh !

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  • DrewPeacock

    May 28, 2011 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #29

    He’s picked the wrong fight, or his agent has. Ship him out, or let him see out his contract. Anybody really think we’re short of one-paced central midfielders who blow hot and cold? I for one would love to see Scott Parker back for 2 years. I know he doesn’t fit the mould age-wise but we can afford one with his attributes.

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