Newcastle Put Joey Barton Up For Sale For £4M

The Sunday Mirror is reporting that Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton now has a £4M price tag on his head.

Joey Barton – up for sale for £4M

Joey Barton will return to pre-season training on Monday, knowing that he joins Jonas Gutierrez, Alan Smith and Leon Best, amongst others in the Newcastle squad, who are now up for sale.

This has presumably been done against the wishes of  Alan Pardew, who was talking in glowing terms only a couple of days ago, about what Joey could do for Newcastle in the coming season.

But this action seems to suggest that those who run the club – sorry the one person who now  runs the club – owner Mike Ashley – wants to sell Barton before September rolls around.

We think Joey cooked his goose, so to speak, with those Twitter comments he made when he heard that captain Kevin Nolan had been sold to West Ham for £4.5M a couple of weeks ago.

Joey Barton’s contract runs out next summer, and he seemed realistic enough when he said recently there was little to no chance that he would be offered a new contract by the club.

But Joey is also dismissing suggestions that he may join Kevin Nolan at West Ham,  and says he will not drop down a division to join a Championship club.

But this action by Newcastle seems to suggest he is not wanted on Tyneside – at least not by owner Mike Ashley – who seems to be in charge of who comes and goes at Newcastle these days.

There was news recently that Newcastle would be willing to offload Barton for a low £1M, but this action suggests the club will not do that, but once another club comes along with an offer that meets the club’s valuation of £4M, then Joey could be on his way.

But Barton has said a few times he wants to see out his contract on Tyneside, and Joey has every legal right to do just that, so we’ll just ave to see what happens in the next couple of months.

But who would have thought in May, that Newcastle could be without Nolan, Barton and Enrique come September, which now looks possible,  if not probable.

If Joey does leave, then we will need a number of players in the Newcastle squad to step up to the plate and be leaders of the side, with the captain and vice-captain probably both having departed this summer, and of course Alan Pardew will need to pick a new captain and new vice-captain too.

This move also suggests there will be a lot more radical changes in the Newcastle squad than we ever imagined, even in May.

Comments welcome.

29 comments so far

  • Teamstoof

    Jul 2, 2011 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #1

    Tjis is rubbish! Joey Loves toon and Will see out his contract…
    Nye the way 1st:)

  • ross armstrong

    Jul 2, 2011 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #2

    alreet lads!!! i might not be able to type 4 much longer on here bcos ive broke my toe 3 weeks ago !!!!!!! terrible excuse hahaha!!!

  • Stevieee

    Jul 2, 2011 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #3

    The Sunday Mirror can f off. Lets hope Joey’s not going anywhere!

  • Stevieee

    Jul 2, 2011 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #4

    The Sunday Mirror can fcuk off. Lets hope Joey’s not going anywhere!

  • MacToon(Vive le Neuchâtel)

    Jul 3, 2011 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #5

    If this had been on twitter Joey could have told them himself what rubbish they talk however it’s the Sunday rags….

  • MacToon(Vive le Neuchâtel)

    Jul 3, 2011 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #6

    and JB said he’s back Tuesday? lol is he another “ITK” who talks rubbish lmao

  • marcos_nufc

    Jul 3, 2011 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #7

    I can see that Mike Ashley will be happy if Newcastle United finish mid table by the end of next season or maybe below that between,13th-15th place and we (fans) will suffer the consequences. As a fan I will back all the players that Newcastle United are bringing in and those who they will bring in, although, in my opinion I know that they are average players and without Nolan,Barton,Gutierrez and Enrique things will be more difficult. Mike Ashley wants to keep a tight control on the club`s finance,that the incomes are higher than the expenses and so on. That is the way that he runs the club but in my opinion it can be dangerous because you refuse to keep the best players at the club, bringing in average,cheap players, and inexperienced players too because if you can see they will play the Premier League for the first time. Let`s hope that everything will be alright for us at the end of next season despite all the problems.

  • lordy_geordie

    Jul 3, 2011 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #8

    maybe everyone on this blog can come together and by the waste of space out so the club can be run how it should. I can dream 🙂

  • Junglist-Geordie

    Jul 3, 2011 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #9

    I 4 1 really hope this isn’t true what kind of management is this when the owner just does what the hell he wants and if AP had any backbone he would be doing all he could to keep joey, im all for lots of new hungry players but the heart of the team is being torn out, you wouldn’t think ma was a successful businessman hes like a baby throwing his teddy out the pram through name calling pathetic really, i think its very dangerous management to change to many players to quickly and expect them all to gel and fire on all cylinders so soon especially when some of them have no or very little premiership experience i just really hope he knows what hes doing, its almost like if the decision will piss off the fans then that is the decision that’s made, but there you go who am im only a fan.

  • slazberger

    Jul 3, 2011 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #10

    i’m sure ashley would sell some players given the chance, but i have’nt seen anything factual (from the club) to say these players are up for sale, if we are just going off papers then we must be signing something like 20-30 players we’ve been reported on this summer

  • stuckdownsouth

    Jul 3, 2011 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #11

    No one will buy him £4m, he is trouble and I can’t believe how some have been won over when he’s given us one season out of 4. He will still be at the club, and I hope he plays to last years standards, because no one will pat £4m or meet his wage demands!

  • stuckdownsouth

    Jul 3, 2011 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #12

    I meant pay too many beers on a Saturday night!

  • MadAboutToon

    Jul 3, 2011 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #13

    last sunday news this suday, bs, pradrew talked about marveax being competition for jonas and barton so that me shows that newcastle can’t just sell him if he don’t want to go.

  • SirAlan

    Jul 3, 2011 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #14

    This has presumably been done against the wishes of Alan Pardew <<<are you having a laugh ???? Pardew is Ashleys Puppet and does as hes told, how do you think he got the job lmfao

  • banjax

    Jul 3, 2011 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #15

    I don’t want Joey to leave, but if he is not happy at Newcastle, then we need to move on and bring in another player, which will be tough.

  • Junglist-Geordie

    Jul 3, 2011 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #16

    so someone makes a couple of mistakes and he should be branded for life,why even have a court system as soon as people offend we should put them in front of the firing squad,he has been out through injury and had an exceptional season last season and he wants to do the same over 3 more seasons but the owner wont allow that but I’m still not sure if that’s because of the things he said or the amount of money he receives.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jul 3, 2011 at 3:16 AM

    Comment #17

    hope this is not true

  • Sav

    Jul 3, 2011 at 3:21 AM

    Comment #18

    Please, no hypocritical comments about Pardew ‘showing backbone’ and standing up to Ashley after the general tenor of comments on these same pages after Keegan did just exactly that.
    Then it was ‘ KK spits out his dummy’ or ‘Throws his toys from the pram’ or just ‘Keegan walks again when he doesn’t like the way things are’.
    However I do wonder whether Pardew would have the cajones to make Joey captain if he isn’t sold?

  • Bao Zheng

    Jul 3, 2011 at 3:37 AM

    Comment #19

    So the Sunday Mirror is reporting which means absolutely nothing and Ed says this has presumably been done against the wishes of Alan Pardew based on what? Put simply personal prejudice piled on lies. If we are playing the guessing game it seems to me Pardew has good reason to break up the group who effectively compete with him as manager – Nolan Smith Barton and Harper.

  • tanduayt

    Jul 3, 2011 at 6:29 AM

    Comment #20

    WTF is ashleey thinking.. young players??? id say not all should be young in the squad.. a team need someone who has great experience.. look at Manchester United.. they have players at old age and yet gives their team the BEST..

  • BonVoyageBenny

    Jul 3, 2011 at 6:46 AM

    Comment #21

    I’m gonna get ripped to shreds for this, but perhaps selling Joey wouldn’t be such a bad thing. If we could get £6M+, it would be a good bit of business, and maybe then Ashley might be kind enough to buy a younger, better replacement.

  • mr.lubricant

    Jul 3, 2011 at 7:08 AM

    Comment #22

    Well personally, I think that mike Ashley is doing the right thing. Not so much about the selling the heart of our team truth but reducing wages and increasing our overall income. This will allow us to benefit greatly in te financial fair play rules, as long as we dont get relegated next season, we’d be able to spend good good money on te season after, the current additions to our squad would the least allow us a comfortable mid table finish. And the season later or in January, we’d be making really interesting additions cause we can afford it with our financial status. Unlike te other clubs who are stocking up, we’re being smart and planning for teh future. Just look at the future when we are able to spend big because we are earn big and not be pathetic and in debt like the mackems!!

  • solano

    Jul 3, 2011 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #23

    Lube….the proposed “financial fair play rules” are a life ring that some fans are clinging to as they watch the ship sail away.
    There is no possible way that UEFA can enforce these proposals (which are full of ifs, buts and maybes) because they know the biggest offending clubs are the ones that have the most clout and actually, through their almost permanent involvement in European competition, bring UEFA the majority of their money! This cartel of clubs don’t take kindly to be being told what to do when they actually pay the piper and UEFA, despite paying lip service to “fairness” and “justice”, know only too well that if they did have the power to enforce these new rules, they would hasten their own downfall by causing the long-threatened breakaway Euro League.
    The “new rules” are as likely to have an effect as the banking system is likely to stop the bonus system they set up for themselves!

  • Chaz

    Jul 3, 2011 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #24

    Joey did as much as Nolan last season in terms of geeing up players and showing strong leadership on and off the pitch. He’s worth £4M to us for seeing out the final year of his contract to be honest. However I’m sure that there is one eye on the balance sheet and another on his twitter account!

    I certainly wouldn’t be prepared to let him go for anything less than £4M and would think that there are several clubs that would want to bring him into their squads for that sort of money as well.

    What must be remembered is that a deal is only ever going to be struck by Joey agreeing to a move to another club and he’s clever enough to work out which scenarios are financially and professionally most rewarding for him as his career moves towards the ‘end game’ the ‘zenith’ the final few pension pumping years.

    This lad is a clever. He’s a much deeper thinker that most people have given him credit for because of his many mistakes of youth. Make NO MISTAKE – He’ll protect himself and his interests and only do what is right for Joey Barton – and that, as a player, is the right thing to do.


  • Nufcjb

    Jul 3, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #25

    Its one thing that this news comes from the Sunday Mirror which is rubbish anyways..

    But its a travesty that Ed here believes in everything that is printed in the press garbage everyday let alone the ones on Sunday..

  • Nufcjb

    Jul 3, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #26

    Its one thing that this news comes from the Sunday Mirror which is rubbish anyways..

    But its a travesty that Ed here believes in everything that is printed in the press garbage everyday let alone the ones on Sunday..

    U seem to be eagerly anticpating the departure of Barton arent u Ed? Not only this article but in every other recent post u just have to mention Barton is ‘possibly leaving’..stop poisoning the minds of NUFC fans Ed..u have probably siad Barton is leaving even more than Mike Ashley has done..

    N stop saying Jonas and Best are leaving coz the report saying they are free to leave has no basis at all..get a grip the facts..

  • mr.lubricant

    Jul 3, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #27

    To solano, it will be enforced! Barclay EPL has already Confirmed it. Or else why do u think there are so many clubs buying prospects for the future?

  • Ian Magpie

    Jul 3, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #28

    First time on here so ‘gan canny lads’! This IS either paper b*ll*cks or yet another example of how p*ss poor and short sighted this club has become. Im not going to start my first post by having a go at Ashleys business principles. After all, he’s the BILLIONAIRE and im not but I will say that nothing surpises me with the way this club is run anymore and not since the debacle of the transfer of James Milner has it made any sense! Joey Barton leaving Newcastle doesn’t make sense. Our squad was tissue paper thin last season so has the club taken any lessons from that? We will see. As for spending the AC money, Dont hold your breath. King Kev may have been right!!!

  • Michael12

    Jul 3, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #29

    Barton is a high wage average player. If he dropped his wages in a new contract then we should keep him but if he does not then sorry he has to go.


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