Alan Pardew has come out today and talked about the latest situation with Joey Barton.
Joey Barton – now new contract at Newcastle
We keep getting big shocks from owner Mike Ashley, and there was another one a couple of days ago when Joey’s agent Willie McKay said Newcastle had recently told him the club would not be offering Barton a new deal.
We suppose the two year deal he turned down in January is still on the table, it’s just that they will not be improving that offer – but it’s very unlikely that Barton will now do a U turn on that now.
Alan Pardew is trying to be the bridge between the Newcastle hierarchy and the Newcatsle fans and players, but the water between the two seems to be widening, if anything, and that bridge is getting wider.
This is what Alan said today about Joey’s situation:
“I spoke to Joey on the last day of the season and I think we were both resigned to the fact that this contract was going to be a problem,”
“But both of us are thinking that next year we’ll be together and we’ll go on from there.” “I’ve been open and up front with Joey all along. I knew this was all going to be an issue at some point, but we decided the best way was probably to wait for the season to end.”
“But you’d have to say that Joey pulled all the way through this season and I know he’ll pull again next year, even if he’s in his last 12 months. I know he will.”
“Unless something changes over the summer, and there’s a bid in that the board, myself and Joey feel works for Joey, I’m confident he will be here for the start of the season. And the thing about contracts is, times change.”
“I’m not upset about the situation,” “I was more upset at the time when we thought we’d agreed in January and there was a change of heart. I was upset at that point because I knew it would be a problem to come back from that.”
“There was a lot of history between Joey and the board here before I arrived. I knew that, on top of it, might make it difficult. I just wanted to be honest with Joey and match him with clarity. That’s what I’ve done.”
We know that Pardew and Barton have a very good relationship and Joey thinks Alan is an excellent coach and a good guy.
And we must say we are starting to like Alan Pardew, and it seems he couldn’t be more straight about Joey.
But of course he does not have the last say on transfers, and it’s up to Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias to make those decisions.
It was embarrassing for Alan when they decided to sell Andy Carroll in January, after Alan had said he was not going to be sold, and that under-mined Alan’s position at the club.
And it was that Carroll transfer that stopped Joey dead in his tracks, on signing anew deal at Newcastle, as he questioned Newcastle’s ambition.
It seems to us that Joey just doesn’t get along with the Newcastle hierarchy, and there seems little chance that a new deal will be forthcoming for the Liverpudlian.
Our bet would be that when a suitable bid comes in over the summer, Newcastle will want to accept it, but whether Joey will dig his heels in to stay on Tyneside will be interesting.
We think he may do just that – and stay until next summer – but that still doesn’t make it a good situation to be in.