Barton Focused On Newcastle But Jose Enrique Isn’t

Some bad news form Alan Pardew last night about the two top players at Newcastle who have just one year left on their contracts.

Jose Enrique – may have already left club – at least in his mind

Newcastle manager Alan Parde whas talked about both Joey Barton and Jose Enrique, but he says their focus on Newcastle is a lot different.

Joey seems still focued on Newcastle, but the word coming from Jose’s advisors is that he wants to join a club in the European Champions League, and the player is not focused much on Newcastle, and that’s not a good position for the club to be in.

This is what Alan Pardew said about the two top players yesterday:

There is a slight difference between Joey Barton’s situation, with a year left on his contract, and Jose.”

“Joey seems pretty focused on Newcastle whereas the noises coming out of Jose’s camp are that he wants to get a new club that is playing Champions League football.”

“We cannot offer him that at the moment, so that seems to be his focus. Hopefully that will change.”

“It is a moving feast. We have got to be ready because if he goes, it is going to leave a big hole in the team and we need to fill it quickly. But he does travel to the United States with us.”

“It is not ideal for us, as you can imagine. It is difficult. We have offered him a massive contract for this football club and he does not seem to want to sign it, so it is a very difficult position.”

“We have had no concrete offers, but we are going to try and have contingency plans in place so that if we do lose X, then Y comes in.”

“We are going to have to give ourselves some sort of chance, so that a deadline-day exit like Andy Carroll’s to Liverpool in January, which left Newcastle with no time to buy a replacement does not happen again.”

“We not want to be in the same position as last time.”

Pardew is right to be working on contingency plans, because if Joey and Jose leave the club, they must  be replaced with similar caliber players.

But there’s a definite risk with Jose, and even Joey, that Newcastle lose them on the last day of the window, or at least close to it.

That’s what happened with Andy Carroll on January 31st, and the club just didn’t  have time to replace the young striker, and the result was the side was exposed throughout the second half of the season, because of it.

Once bitten, twice shy, and Newcastle just cannot allow that to happen in this transfer window.

We assume the club will learn from its past mistakes, but it seems that Jose has already left Newcastle, at least in his own mind, and when that happens it becomes a lost cause, and Newcastle will need to sell him this summer.

And as usual if a player doesn’t want to be at Newcastle – then so be it.

Comments welcome.

42 comments so far

  • smithy434

    Jul 14, 2011 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #1

    get him out! hes not worthy of being here no matter how good he is

  • barryvenison

    Jul 14, 2011 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #2

    Can’t take much more of this Enrique saga.

  • toonincheek

    Jul 14, 2011 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #3

    Frustrating anyway, but even more so as I reckon Naylor would have joined us if he had been confident of playing regularly.

  • jackdnufc

    Jul 14, 2011 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #4

    Can’t help but be disappointed with Jose. I’m still confident with his professionalism that being said. Although most may disagree, I will still be proud to say he played for the Toon even if/when he goes hence my disappointment.

  • Colo2

    Jul 15, 2011 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #5

    I just wish someone would bid for him so we could get this over with, it already feels like it’s been going on for an eternity.

  • Nick 69

    Jul 15, 2011 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #6

    ‘we do not want to be in the same position as last time’ well thers a really simple solution to that, DONT PUT YOURSELF IN THAT POSITION…don’t sell the player on deadline day then we wont be in that position, but I know you dont have ANY say in that do you puppet boy

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 15, 2011 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #7

    Well at least Pardew is talking a bit of sense here.

  • free giveaways

    Jul 15, 2011 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #8

    If Arsenal want him let’s do a swap with one of their players; Gibbs, Bendtner or Vela.

  • FloridaToon

    Jul 15, 2011 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #9

    Bring in a LB and bench Enrique. He doesn’t want to play here so give him his wish.

  • FloridaToon

    Jul 15, 2011 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #10

    @nick 69

    So you just get a new job and the first thing you are going to do is mouth off and tell your boss how its going to be?? Good luck with that cause you won’t have a job for long.

  • jackdnufc

    Jul 15, 2011 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #11


    In regards to your final post on the last article, you phrased everything far better than I did abut five posts previously! I agree, basically.


    Jul 15, 2011 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #12

    Nowt new here, everyone knows he wants to leave (I don’t blame him, he has ambition). Pardspew is trying to tarnish a good players reputation here. Disgraceful…moving feast???, WTF, just speak normally you Penfold streaker mouth piece doormat.

  • gorskino10

    Jul 15, 2011 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #13

    Good way of slowly letting fans know he MAY want to leave, then few days ago saying he REALLY wants to leave, to make him leaving not as hurtful as AC. It all depends who comes in, we need someone better or if not on par, not someone worse like Bridge and Warnock.

    And if we get our first choice which LB is
    MBeague and i like him, strong and quick.
    and our first choice ST was Gamiero an amazingly good striker, but our second choice or next choice in Erdinc who isnt good enough.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 15, 2011 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #14

    Please tell me how Erdinc is ‘not good enough’.

  • gorskino10

    Jul 15, 2011 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #15

    Lets hope this ST is not CCole

    West Ham’s Carlton Cole rejects Stoke move after failure to agree personal terms

  • Offkey

    Jul 15, 2011 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #16


    he is concerned about his ratio’s – all he ever talks about when Erdinc is concerned.

  • ross armstrong

    Jul 15, 2011 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #17

    alreeet lads , yous think we will be signing a striker this week??

  • Pards28

    Jul 15, 2011 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #18

    I have a had a season ticket for 3 season and this will be my fourth coming up and I can honestly say Jose is one of the most over rated players in the league. He makes alot off mistakes and he didint score or even assist a goal this season.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 15, 2011 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #19

    Ratio’s means nothing, unless they’re reidiculously poor then its probably true the striker is a no hoper. Also the French league is statiscally one of, if not the lowest scoring league in Europe, with strikers rarely getting over goals.

    Aswell as this Erdinc is the PERFECT style of striker that we want/need and no other suggestion I have seen on here is near the style profile of striker we desire to work best with the players we currently have.

  • ross armstrong

    Jul 15, 2011 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #20

    he doesnt wna be here , feck off enrique , step up ferguson

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 15, 2011 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #21

    meant to say over 20 goals*

    The top scorer is usually something like 18/19.

  • gonz

    Jul 15, 2011 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #22

    Get your replacement in now. Obviously they have someone in mind incase Enrique decided earlier that he wanted to leave. I say sign in his replacement now whether or not he stays or goes. If he stays, so be it. But, he isn’t going to sign so let’s make the move now for his replacement. Enrique is not doing what’s best for the club. If he has a desire to leave than he should just say it and let his fans know what’s going on and he can leave with some dignity.

  • boater

    Jul 15, 2011 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #23

    I will weep if we sign Can’t Control… we would have same striker partnership that west ham had when they went down.

    FloridaToon – he stuck with us during relegation and cracked on, always been a trop pro.. i hold no umbrage with him if wants to fulfill his international ambitions. We are being run by a dark overlord after all – you can’t blame him tbh.

  • Offkey

    Jul 15, 2011 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #24

    @ Tom_toon

    I agree mate – Bellamy was 28 in 93 for us – while Erdinc is near 1 in 2 for the french clubs he has played for – all depends on the type of player. If they cause havoc and allow others to score, I dont mind if they have 1 in 3 or 1 in 4 etc. themselves.

  • gorskino10

    Jul 15, 2011 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #25


    Terrible season last year, ratio of around goal every 4.25 games per goal, Season before that did ALOT better in Mid 2’s then season before that 3.3 games per goal.

    Too hit and miss, isnt a CONSISTANT scorer and he had his WORST season which isnt a good thing to buy someone out of form hoping and prey they refind it,which they may not.

  • boater

    Jul 15, 2011 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #26

    Gonz – no one has bid for him so how can he leave of his own accord? Where would he go exactly? You need a club to actually make an offer before you can sell him. He is waiting to see who comes forward as he wants CL- don’t like it either but that’s that.

    If you ask me Pardew should shut up about it… he is dragging the players name through the dirt to score points with the fans,,, don’t fall for it.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 15, 2011 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #27

    Gorskino – Its pretty clear you have not seen him play otherwise you would understand why we are after him. You can only use stats to back up your very feeble opinion on him that you’re not informed enough to have.

    You allso fail to consider that 2nd season with PSG he had baron spells coming back from injuries and the breakdown of his partnership with Hoarau which did not work nearly as well as it did in his first season.

  • Offkey

    Jul 15, 2011 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #28

    Would be disappointed if Enrique goes. However, wouldn’t hold it against him if it was a real step up e.g not liverpool.

    Someone is always gonna be unhappy e.g do a Modric and kick up a stink in the press or stay silent and still get slated. Either way someone is not gonna be happy.

  • PortsladeToon

    Jul 15, 2011 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #29

    ship him out to highest bidder doesn’t matter if they have champions league or not just take the money now, obviously thinks he’s bigger than the club

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 15, 2011 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #30

    You wanna talk stats about Erdinc, then here’s some for you, here are his LEAGUE goals (the lowest scoring European league), the ones that matter the most:

    10/11 – 22 games, 8 goals
    09/10 – 31 games, 15 goals

    53 games, 23 goals. Essentially 1 in 2 in a very low scoring league. Couple this with the fact the guy is 24 and the perfect style of striker we desire.

    Ye hes not good enough for a mid-table, future possible Europa league team who lack any good strikers except from one recent acquisition in Ba. You need your head testing, or rather than that, maybe you should watch him.

  • shamsoftabriz

    Jul 15, 2011 at 3:35 AM

    Comment #31

    Do Jose’s “agents” also realize that their player’s neglectful behavior does nothing to increase his value either to Newcastle or to whatever club wish to sign him? If he just puts his nose to the grindstone and plays hard, he’ll earn higher wages wherever he goes, be it this fall or next spring or summer. Acting like a buffoon hurts his own wallet. We need Jose here, and if he plays like he’s capable of playing, and the new signings pan out, Newcastle have a shot at Europe. Not likely, but a shot.

  • TemuriKetsbaia

    Jul 15, 2011 at 4:11 AM

    Comment #32

    @ Tom Toon 7

    Talking sense? WTF is a “moving feast”?

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jul 15, 2011 at 4:43 AM

    Comment #33

    Alan Pardew would be foolish to let Enrique stay the club, as he really does not want to stay at NUFC

  • Graeme

    Jul 15, 2011 at 6:52 AM

    Comment #34

    Tell Jose he has 3 choices – 1)sign the new contract; 2)Submit a written transfer request; or 3) You will be transfer listed and will NOT be named in the 25 man squad for next season.

    NUFC have to be in control of this, Jose is playing games purely for his own financial benefit. Get his replacement in now and get shot of Jose for every penny we can get. There is no way he should be on the plane to USA in the current circumstances.

  • dak76

    Jul 15, 2011 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #35

    he wants CL footie…. that rules liverpool out then. Arsenal have already said they don’t plan on buying a replacement for clichy so… he could be heading back to europe??

  • banjax

    Jul 15, 2011 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #36

    I am more worried about losing Tiote, this would be a bitter pill to swallow and show a distinct lack of ambition at the club. Ashley will have to think long and hard before allowing anymore of our ‘good players’ to leave Toon. Still as I still bang on about this, we have to allow the club until the end of the transfer window to show the supporters they mean business. God help Ashley and Pards if the money isn’t spend on quality players coming in !

  • Graeme

    Jul 15, 2011 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #37

    If Tiote is allowed to leave to bring in Sturridge, I could probably cope with it – as long as we brought in a decent DM (NOT SMITH ffs) as a replacement!!

    Banjax, FCB can do anything he likes – its his toy, we only get to watch him play with it, providing we pay for the honour!!!!!

    The only way he will pay any attention to what the fans think – is when they stop going to Sid James’ to give him their money – until that happens, FCB will carry on regardless.


    Jul 15, 2011 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #38

    Let enrique go fast plz, we dnt want players who dnt wana play hea,

    Nxt season def


  • BillBurch

    Jul 15, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #39

    I think that Jose Enrique has behaved atrociously over his contract renewal. He has been treated well at Newcastle by the club and the fans but has used us only to showcase himself! He could have been honest and said no, that he definitely wanted CL football and thank you for everything and he could have left with some dignity intact. Now, however, I think he’s been an a******e and we should get as much as we can for him and show him the door!

  • Davies

    Jul 15, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #40

    I really don’t understand why he thinks he deserves to be playing in the Champions’ League. Can anybody tell me how he has earned that privilidge?

    Let’s see… He was one of very few players in the team that got us relegated who wasn’t a full international. He was part of a Premier League team that walked the Championship and he “helped” us stay up last season. Of course, if he’d had his head on the game, rather than his own future, we might have finished 9th (above Scumberland), rather than 12th (below Scumberland). Thanks Jose…

    Of course, Jose wasn’t the only defender that let us down in that last game, but he’s the only one that seems to think he deserves to be playing Champions’ League football.

    Here’s the thing, Jose lad; if you want to play in the Champions League, be a better, more committed player for the team that put you in the spotlight (the team you wanted to play your entire career at). Stick around whist it gets built around the genuinely talentd players we already have, and those we’ve been bringing in. Earn it. It will taste so much sweeter than just demanding it and having it handed to you.

    I hope, if all that has been said is true (and we can assume it is, since he hasn’t signed up yet), that Jose goes to a club that wins nothing for as long as he is there. I hope he never lifts a trophy in his career, and that he learns that ambition doesn’t mean demanding a place somewhere that already has success, rather it is the drive to succeed wherever you are. I’d rather have Perch at left back than this player now. Sick of his name.

    Unless he chooses to stay 😉


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