It was a more somber Joey Barton who talked to the Daily Mirror yesterday.
Joey Barton – we need to be rowing in same direction
And it seems the sale of Andy Carroll really upset the apple cart with the players at Newcatsle, because it turns out both Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton were ready to sign long term contracts on Tyneside.
But Kevin has now moved onto West Ham for life again in the Championship, and Joey Barton is likely to be moved out this summer.
The danger in this is that the leadership of the team has been ripped apart, and now we wonder who will step up to the plate for Newcastle, and even who the new captain will be.
Don’t forget that the success of the side last season was based on proven performers who got the side promoted in the previous season in the Championship, but that will not be the case next season, with Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and Jose Enrique all likely to have moved on.
This is what Joey said yesterday, when asked if the club was moving forward:
“Club moving forward? Yeah, who knows.”
“For me, you can’t build a house unless you have solid foundations. Some of the things that are going on at the football club makes you just question it a little bit.”
“You’ve got to believe that the manager knows what he’s doing, that the chairman knows what he’s doing [and that] the owner knows what he’s doing.”
“Time will be the teller of that.” “It would be easy for me to sit here and say I don’t agree with this or that, but they could be doing the best moves ever and it’ll only be in 12 months’ time or 18 months’ time will we know that.”
“At the end of the day, it’s their football club and they’ve invested a lot of money into it.” “The people who will be hurting in the situation are the same people who will always be hurt – the fans.”
“There are players like myself, and hopefully the players they bring in, that want to achieve the level of success that the fans demand.” “I think the manager wants it, I’d be surprised if the owner and chairman didn’t want it.”
“We all need to be in the same boat rowing in the same direction. Hopefully that’ll be the case whenever the first game starts.”
We thought Kevin Nolan could have turned out to be one of the best captains at Newcastle for a long long time, but it’s really a big shock that the powers that be at Newcastle (Ashley and LLambias), were prepared to let him move to a second division side, rather than keep him on board on Tyneside.
We think that’s another huge mistake the club has made, but we’ll see what happens next season, and we have to hope the club will bring in say five or six good players this summer, but we’ll also now need some new leaders in the dressing room.
It’s all very dangerous, but on the bright side, Newcastle could become a younger and more skilful side next season,
That would have to be our hope now.