The Daily Express is reporting today that Joey Barton thinks he is about to leave Newcastle.
Joey Barton – likely to leave Newcastle
The report suggests that Joey Barton has told his followers on that Twitter account of his, that he thinks Newcastle will “wash their hands of him.”
While Joey says he is not in any discussion with any other clubs, the chances of Newcastle opening talks on a new contract with him, are “slim to none.”
We think that’s an accurate assessment of the situation.
While we don’t know what’s actually happening inside the club, you could hazard a guess that the Newcastle hierarchy were less than happy with Joey’s tweets, following the departure of Kevin Nolan to West Ham a week or so ago.
Joey is getting himself into trouble with that Twitter account of his, and it’s just far to easy to react and tweet something you almost immediately regret – but it’s already out there – even if you delete it, and the gossip press just love it.
Twitter is like manna from heaven for the gossip press, and what are tweets other than gossip, in any case?
If we were to try to read the tea leaves – the club have already decided to try to move him out this summer, and probably it would take as little as a a £3M offer from another club to do that.
Now whether Joey will accept the deal is another matter, but it will be made clear to him that he isn’t particularly wanted – at least by the hierarchy on Tyneside – but there again Joey could still dig in his heels, so to speak.
One thing that had surprised us this summer, is that we never thought the club would be without Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton come September, but we think that’s looking more and more likely to happen.
What do you think?