We noticed in the reports coming from America during the tour, there was a reference or two to potential unrest in the Newcastle dressing room.
Joey Barton – more tweets
And then the tweets of Jose Enrique didn’t help much of course, but guess who’s been tweeting again?
Yes, it’s Joey Barton, and it seems that he’s indicating all may not be well in the Newcastle dressing room.
The midfielder hints there is some mistrust in the way the club is now being run by the Newcastle hierarchy – owner Mike Ashley and Managing Director Derek Llambias.
This is what Joey tweeted tonight:
“If only we as players could tell the fans exactly how it is, without them above fining us lots of money,” ” There will be a time and a place.”
“If it wouldn’t effect team morale and cause unrest within the dressing room, am certain Jose’s comments would be the tip of the iceberg…..”
“And again it would be left to those magnificent fans to pick up the remnants of their once great football club.”
“If I wanted to leave, I’d just come out and say “I want to leave.” Things need addressing as am not prepared to go through a relegation again.”
The very worst thing that can happen to Newcastle next season is that the lads lose that terrific team spirit that has stood them in such good stead over the last couple of seasons, since the disastrous relegation season.
But maybe Joey is referring to the distinct lack of new players that Newcastle have brought in this summer, and the Tyneside club could well have a smaller squad next season than they finished with last May.
That’s one of our biggest concerns and that’s a distinct probability with Alan Pardew saying after the Leeds game, that he wants just one more player in.
And it just so happens that the Premier League will be introducing new guidelines on how players can use the social networking networks.
We have to hope things are not as bad as Joey is suggesting, as the season starts against Arsenal in two weeks time, and next Saturday will be the final pre-season friendly against Fiorentina at St. James’ Park.
If things are upsetting the players, the right and proper way to handle them is to communicate in a responsible manner up the line, let the management know what they don’t like, rather than tossing bombs around that only cause more problems.
And we suppose Fabricio Coloccini, as the new captain, should be the one to do that, and of course Assistant Manager John Carver also has been given responsibility to ensure the team spirit remains good.
But it doesn’t help to just let things fester, that just breeds more mistrust, and this kind of stuff cannot be much of a help to the new players in the club either.
And of course a win against Arsenal would instantly raise the morale of everybody associated with the club. Winning has a way of doing that.