There’s little disputing that Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton have been the two leaders of the Newcastle side this season.
Kevin Nolan – let’s hope he signs a new deal – soon!
So it was shocking news yesterday that Joey will not be offered a new deal on Tyneside, and it even seems as though there is even ill feeling between Joey and the powers that be at Newcastle – mainly Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias.
We were hoping Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and Jose Enrique would all stay at the club, and sign new long term deals.
The order of the names is important, because we thought Kevin was very likely to sign, Joey was likely to sign, and Jose was if anything was unlikely to sign – but we just didn’t really know about Jose.
But now that Joey will not be offered a new contract, you would think that Newcastle would want to nail down Kevin on a five year deal, and announce it very soon.
We’ve almost lost hope on Jose, unless he shocks everybody by saying he will stay – and surely we should hear soon whether he wants to stay or go?
He owes that to Newcastle, who will need to bring in a new left back this summer if Enrique decides to leave for pastures anew.
Kevin is currently on crutches following ankle surgery, and refused to say much about any contract negotiations, but was willing to talk about the injury:
“Everything is going well with the injury.” “And I will be fit and raring to go in time for the start of pre-season.”
But we have to think that Kevin is very disappointed at the club’s announcement they will not offer Joey a new deal, since only last week Kevin had said that he and Joey could lead Newcastle back into Europe.
Kevin and Joey both on and off the field are the leaders of the Newcastle club, and we just wonder what Kevin thinks about all of this?
With the team spirit being so great these last two seasons on Tyneside, the Owner and Managing Director have to be very careful that they don’t upset the apple cart, and start to destroy that spirit by their actions this summer.
Surely they know who the really important players are at Newcastle?
But maybe not.