To hear Alan Pardew talk today about Joey Barton, you wouldn’t have thought there is a chance Joey could leave Newcastle before September rolls around.
Joey Barton – let’s hope he stays for next season
In fact Alan thinks Joey can have another excellent season for Newcastle, and if he stays and does that, he will have done himself a lot of good and the Newcastle team a lot of good too.
Another good season by Joey will see a number of clubs after hin big time next summer, when he will be a free agent.
But we’re sure he’ll do what he has done last season, and always give 100% for the side.
There have so far been no bids for Barton, but that could change before September, but Pardew isn’t thinking that way at all:
“I have spoken to Joey over the summer. Unfortunately at the moment there is no new contract for him.” “He has a year remaining and I think he will stay for that year.”
“My view of it is quite open-ended.” “I think, like a lot of players, that yearly term contracts in the Premier League are going to be the norm.”
“But who is to say that in a year’s time that Joey gets a contract that he finds acceptable?” “I am hoping he will play better than last year, I don’t see why he shouldn’t,” “He really had a fantastic season last year.”
It’s obvious with those remarks that Alan would love to see owner Mike Ashley give Joey Barton a new contract, but of course that’s not the manager’s decision – unfortunately.
It’s a pity Joey could not stay at Newcastle for say another three years or so, because he has a great relationship with Pardew, and has talked in glowing terms about Alan, as both a person and as a coach, and the admiration seems mutual.
But unless Mike Ashley has a change of mind, then it’s also true that Joey will be gone from Newcastle at the latest next summer, and maybe even before that – this summer or come January.
We know a number of fans are hoping that maybe contract negotiations can start again with Joey, but the reality is that’s very difficult to see happening.
That’s especially true with the rather hard-nosed approach that Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias seem to be taking with contract renewals on Tyneside – even the captain left because he couldn’t get a suitable deal.
As Alan Pardew himself has said, the best offer you get from Mike is always the first one.
There’s something sad about the situation with Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton at Newcastle somehow.
Oh well – life goes on.