Joey Barton has again said that he has no intention of leaving Newcastle United, and will see out his remaining year of his contract at the club.
Alan Pardew – seems to have no influence with Mike Ashley
Next summer Joey will be a free agent and could negotiate a very decent contract at some other club, but why Newcastle wouldn’t offer him a decent contract now – we have no idea.
Newcastle have offered Joey a two year deal, which is off the table now according to his agent Willie McKay.
And Joey wanted a four year deal, so why one earth could they not agree terms on a three year deal – and split the difference?
We have a suspicion that Mike Ashley does not think he has had good value from Joey, who is on around £65K/week.
In four seasons on Tyneside Joey has only played 82 times, with 35 of them being last season, and he has also scored 8 goals, 5 of which he scored last season.
Joey was tremendous for Newcastle last season, and we were hoping his injury problems would be behind him.
And it seems a sad state of affairs when Newcastle cannot tie down Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton, two of their very best players and the two current leaders on Tyneside.
Jose Enrique is a little different, because Newcastle could probably bring in decent replacement for the Spaniard, with young Shane Ferguson already showing he could do the job for the Magpies at left back.
Joey Barton is currently on vacation in Las Vegas, but will return on July 4th with the rest of Newcastle’s players and will resist any attempt by Newcastle to sell him this summer.
It says something about Alan Pardew’s influence with Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias, that two players he sees as vital to Newcastle’s future, have not signed new deals at the club, and Joey hasn’t even been offered a new deal.
As we’ve said before we can bring in new players in the summer, but tying down Kevin and Joey at the club is all important to Newcastle future success, and for maintaining the excellent team spirit that exists at the club.
We have to hope Kevin gets a decent offer soon, and Newcastle come to their senses with Joey also, and offer him a decent extension to his current contract.
As far as Kevin Nolan and his contract is concerned, he still has two years left on his current deal, so there is still plenty of time to get him signed up, but we’d love to see that happen this summer.
And it seems that Alan Pardew’s wishes seem to carry little weight with the Newcastle hierarchy, otherwise surely the club would have signed Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton by now.