Joey Barton Decision To Stay Also A Financial One


There was news all over the papers yesterday,  that Everton wanted Joey Barton and were willing to pay £4M for him.

Joey Barton – wants to see out Newcastle contract

Some of the reports went so far as to say that Joey would jump at the chance to join his home town club – the club he supported as a boy.

But in financial terms we wondered if Everton could get close to paying Joey what he is getting at Newcastle for the next year – around £65K/week.

And Newcastle have offered Joey a two year extension – estimated at around £50K/week or probably slightly less than that.

£45K/week would mean he would be getting around £1m/year less than his current deal.

But Joey Barton rejected that offer, and Newcastle said last week that that was their last offer, and another offer would not be forthcoming.

Barton was playing golf yesterday, and when he had finished a very decent round, he had obviously received a few tweets on his twitter account about the Everton news, and responded this way on his account:

‘Finished playing golf, 72 not bad. Came in to questions about joining Everton??? I don’t want to leave Newcastle but thanks anyways……..’

‘I cant sign a contract if am not offered one?’

‘I will tell all when the time is right, basically they want a younger, better, cheaper player…………cant blame  Mike Ashley  and  Derek Llambias can you?’

‘…….slight problem is, they don’t want to spend any money or pay any wages. Its genius really ha ha.”

‘I am an employee so have to be careful here. Everyone knows I’d love to stay, i get on with manager Alan Pardew fine and our dressing room is 1st class.

‘if am not offered a new contract, my hands are tied. I will continue to do everything in my power to bring a trophy to St James next season.’

Joey wants to stay on Tyneside, and he will resist any attempt to sell him in the summer, but once Newcastle get a decent offer, we think the club will accept it.

Joey will then need to see what wages that new club will be offering, and if he can get a decent deal – say a four year deal for £60K/week –  he could  be on his way.

His alternative is to see off his contract at Newcastle, and then he will be a free agent next summer, and should be able to get an excellent contract somewhere – since he will then cost nothing in transfer fees.

But Joey would probably be well advised not to criticize Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias too much, because like it or not, they are the ones who will decide whether a new contract will be offered to him,  sometime in the future at Newcastle.

But the chances of that happening don’t look too good at the moment.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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93 comments so far

  • BiffBaffBoff

    May 30, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #1

    My thoughts on the Joey situation:

    The club stuck by him, Mike Ashley especially when he was sent to prison. In normal circumstances Joey would have had his contract terminated so he should be grateful for that. There is no doubt that this season was Joey’s best but is 1 good season out of the 4 hes been here really value for money? I think Mike Ashley thinks it isnt and that’s why they arent offering him a big contract.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 30, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #2

    I like Barton, always have, and we have to give Fat Sam the praise for signing , him , enrique and others ( even if it hurts! ) . Joey’s tweeting is beginning to irritate now, and this mode of communication does no player any favours when it comes to contracts etc.

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  • Nufc_mo

    May 30, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #3

    1st

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  • Nufc_mo

    May 30, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #4

    imma go cry in a corner now..

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  • kingkev9

    May 30, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #5

    Ed you just make stuff up. There was no contract even offered last week!! Barton has said that himself. You just make up amounts/wages etc

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  • sticklebricks

    May 30, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #6

    He’s got to go for me now, you can’t take pot shots at the club’s ownership like he has and then expect them to put their hands in their pocket to keep you at the club. I fully support the decision to only offer Joey three more years, we don’t want to be paying players that are past their best to warm the bench.

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  • geoff777

    May 30, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #7

    Clearly it’s become personal.

    I hope Joey is offered a new contract.
    We need a few older players with fight and experience.

    Ashley & Llambias need to leave dealing with players to Pardew.

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  • Toonboy

    May 30, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #8

    Mike Ashley is doing the right thing in all honesty.

    Joey is not getting any younger, he is not going to improve as a player- as he already thinks he is the best thing to happen to England.

    As much as i want him to stay, i think he is being unreasonable with the contract- which will see him playing for a side like wolves following this season.

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  • Weezertoon

    May 30, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #9

    As much as I love the lad’s attitude, and his passion for the club (Barton is a geordie chants next season anyone?). I think the 2 year extension he was offered at 45k a week was fair enough, and he should of signed it. I can’t fault our owners for not offering him more, because imagine if he becomes a bench-warmer, sitting taking 45k a week but not contributing on the pitch. Should of signed up when the contract was there joey! If you were still playing well at 31 they probably would of extended it again.

    Mike, as much as I hate to say it, I think that you may have turned a corner.

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  • geordiejohn42

    May 30, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #10

    nufc_mo im 5th but im not crying in a corner .. dont give up m8 lol

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  • Greg B

    May 30, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #11

    Initially I was a bit disappointed that Barton’s contract offer was withdrawn, however looking at this Cabaye and the other lads we are being linked to then I think any final judgement will be made come the new season.
    Hope Nolan dosent take the hump and refuse to sign his deal.
    Also would be nice if Enrique signed up but not the end of the world.
    I am hoping that once new players start to arrive and Ashley shows his intent then players like Nolan, Enrique, Jonas and Coloccini take heed and sign on long term.
    Also, I think Pardew has to look to the future with regards GK position, rotating Krul and Forster next season as I would hate to lose either one of those lads.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    May 30, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #12

    i would love Joey to stay. He adds depth in quality which we lacked so much the whole of last season.

    But after his jibe at our ownership. Its personal to Ashley now, and he will be looking to offload him. Sad. I would hate it if he leaves. We need depth of players of his quality.

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  • connor_nufc

    May 30, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #13

    I love.joey twitter comments ,. He actually answer ur questions, he doesnt just block u.out

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  • kingkev9

    May 30, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #14

    They haven’t offered him 3 years!! They offered him 5 years but at 20k!!! Jesus you posters are deluded

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  • jimmymac

    May 30, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #15

    @ King Kev

    Don;t be naive, he has clearly been offered a contract but obviously a one he doesn’t seem sufficient. He and His agent have then moved quickly to put pressure on Newcastle via the fans by saying no contract has been offered.

    It is clear the have been in negotiations for weeks but couldn’t agree terms, and I for one, am glad the club are no longer held to randsom by greedy agents and players! Joey needs to remember who stuck by him when other fans and clubs wouldn’t have given him the light of day.

    We have all but announced signing of Cabaye for £4.3m which is great business for a French International in his prime. This also makes Barton’s claims look silly that Ashley doesn’t want to spend money as he is effectively paying more to replace the controversial midfielder.

    Well done on both fronts Ashley, Llambias & Pardew. No player is bigger than the club! FACT!!

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 30, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #16

    We should all sign a petition so that Ed,

    can remove this crappy thing called older and newer comments

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  • toonarmy09

    May 30, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #17

    Cannot see joey getting new deal now ,with his twitter antics .one of, if not the most opinionated footballer needs to keep a lid on it ,so what does he do ,opens a twitter account ,smart move joey ,cracking player but not brightest chap in the world lol .

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  • oneday

    May 30, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #18

    JB is a volcano waiting to explode. Having had the embarrassment and humiliation of previous eruptions I’d rather any future dust cloud hung over another club and not mine. Go quietly Joey and with some dignity, you’ve been shown support here when others would have crushed you. We will manage fine without him.

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  • sticklebricks

    May 30, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #19

    @kingkev, it’s two years past his current contract end next summer. As it’s on a different salary, I take that to be a new three year contract rather than a two year extension to the exsisting one.

    Got a feeling that Enrique is gonna sign and both Nolan and Barton will be off this summer.

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  • CheickTiote

    May 30, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #20

    Indian Magpie, with the amount of comments this blog is getting, I’d rather we had this older comments and newer comments thing which would mean we wouldn’t have to wait half an hour for the page to load.

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  • oldbobaycliffe

    May 30, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #21

    well that looks like the end of barton it might drag on for a year but does anyone think ashley will offer him another contract not on your life.footballers dont live in the real world who of us would slag our bosses off and expect to still have a job.we will never know the truth if barton sees out his contract did he really want to stay or would no one offer him the wages he wants accotding to the press this weekend modric at spurs is only on 45,000 per week

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  • ArtyH

    May 30, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #22

    Yes one in four years of good service is nothing to shout about, I would like to see him stay but if he got no pay after running down his contract and stayed until he retired he would have had a great deal from M.A.
    Other clubs would have terminated his contract when he was in jail, M.A stood by him, time he repaid those three years, even if its for NO wages! Time to pay the piper M8. But that will never happen, I personally like to see Barton in the toon team.

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  • Lew Davies

    May 30, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #23

    Good post weezertoon 🙂

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  • jimmymac

    May 30, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #24

    @Toonboy @ Weezertoon

    I agree with you both 100%. We stood our ground with Tayls contract and he has now signed a new deal. I’m confident there is a deal for Barton on the table but the most dodgy agent in the business Willie McKay won’t be helping the situation.

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  • toonincheek

    May 30, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #25

    I wouldn’t say MA stood by JB while he was in prison.
    Didn’t he try everything to stop his salary?
    He failed, presumably due to the wording of JB’s contract.

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  • toonfan76

    May 30, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #26

    This whole situation with Joey is starting to get out of hand, End of the day we helped him when he was down on his luck, so to speak. He stuck by Newcastle when we got religated. There has been mutual back scratching from both parties. This could all be down to the clubs image, having an ex-con on the books might be putting off other players, not to mention potential owners. Only Mike Ashley knows for sure why this is happening. Can’t blame the man for wanting younger, better, cheaper players. Joey’s own words(possibly sarcasm).

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 30, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #27

    does not take me half an hour to load the page, in addition some really interesting discussions are lost.

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  • kilcline

    May 30, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #28

    Cwarr07 putting his rep on the line, he has said Gervinho agreed to join last night.

    I must mention he didn;t say about Cabaye until rumours were already circulating……

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  • geordiejohn42

    May 30, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #29

    I think its time for AP to see MA and tell him stand up to him and be a man for once and tell MA to give Joey a contract he deserves he’s been our player of the year and what a season he had yes he can be outspoken but he’s one of us and only being honest on how the club is being run if he leaves which is going to be likely now then I can see the likes of Nolan, Jose possibly Jonas and Colo will also follow Joey out of the club we’ll have no leaders on the pitch and thats not good

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  • Toonmania

    May 30, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #30

    He’s one his way out the door and he know’s it, one thing with joey he’s not stupid and he knew his tweets won’t go down well with Ashley & Pardew but he’s not bothered, if he stay’s i think he will stay just for the money if he’s offered a contract 3/4 years by another club on around £50k week he’ll take it knowing he’s got a longish contract to nearly see him until the end of his playing days

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  • toonbelmonter

    May 30, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #31

    morning boys, few points of todays news
    1. cabaye , great signing, worked out hes costing 4.29 million poundwhich aint bad
    2. not to fussed if we dont get gervinho would rather barnetta, 6 mil ,, steal imo, hes a good player, hed be our new barton, hes a workhorse, good tackler and real team player,
    3. i love barts but hes dun himself no favours with twitter

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  • joppadoni

    May 30, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #32

    to tweet like that is very unprofessional. also i agree that in 3 yrs time joey wont be the same player he is now, hes hardly got pace as it is and id not like to have anyone sat in the reserves or on the bench commanding large wages.

    ive always liked joey but maybe its time to part ways

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  • Crawfordladd17

    May 30, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #33

    Just give him a good contract
    bring Gervinho & Cabaye £19.3m
    Ba Free
    A Centre Back(Huth/Samba/Hangeland) £8m
    And a Top Striker (Sturridge/Gamerio/Sow) £10m
    £37.3m

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  • jimmymac

    May 30, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #34

    @Toonfan 76

    Some good points there that i hadn’t even contemplated. Foreign players maybe put off by having a convict on their team, esp French players with any affiliation to Dabo. We seem to be targeting that league a lot. I don;t think we should let him run his deal down, either get him signed or let him go this summer as it would be an unwanted distraction next season. Persoanlly i hope he signs but seems very unlikely now. As one blogger pointed out, you can’t criticise your boss and get away with it.

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  • Lew Davies

    May 30, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #35

    Barnetta is a right winger, which we need 🙂

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  • ilovetoon8788

    May 30, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #36

    Team harmony is all so important, and Barton hasn’t helped Newcastle 1 bit, by his recent tweeter posts. He’s not helping himself and the club 1 bit as much as he likes Newcastle. He’s definately gone. Cabaye is more than a capable replacement for Barton, with Vuckic to be Cabaye’s backup.

    More playing time for Vuckic and more experience to come.

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  • Jammydodger

    May 30, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #37

    Regardless of what happens hes been a bloody good player for us the last couple of seasons. Hes good for the team and as he put it teams win stuff not individuals. you do however need individuals who are capable of magic in the team to win stuff. 2 months ago if you said were selling barton, complete outrage but looking of the class of player were bringing in im gonna wait to see what happens. He should stop being sarcy on twitter and sign the shorter contract, he wants a longer one he should earn it over the next couple of years.
    omfg gervinho and cabaye!!!!

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  • AndyMac

    May 30, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #38

    BiffBaffBoff says: “The club stuck by him, Mike Ashley especially when he was sent to prison.”

    Actually it was KK who “stuck by him” as Fatman wanted him out. However when he realised that if he sacked JB he’d get nowt in terms of a transfer fee he changed his tune.

    Personally I’d love Joey to stay and smile at the Fatman every week when he picks up his pay cheque 🙂

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  • GeordieDan

    May 30, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #39

    Good for Joey.

    Cabaye has quite obviously been brought in to replace him and once again Ashley has used his legendary people skills by treating Barton like a worthless disposable asset.

    If I was Barton I’d stay at Toon just to spite him but Barton also has the added benefit of knowing the NUFC faithful think he’s a class act and we actually appreciate the effort it has taken to keep his lifestyle in check and produce some great performances for us over the last couple of seasons.

    It’ll be a shame to lose him for nowt next season but that’s Ashley’s problem not ours.

    Cabaye looks potentially a great signing (and hopefully more leverage for Gervinho) but it really pi55es me off when “Super Mike” does these pathetic things and shows just how much he doesn’t give a toss about anyone of us fans/players/peers take ur pick.

    Got to love the guy don’t ya!!!

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  • AndyMac

    May 30, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #40

    “Got to love the guy don’t ya!!!” Errr No 🙂

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