It seems there were a number of things that upset Joey Barton in the lead up to the game against Leeds United on Sunday.
Alan Pardew clashed with Barton before and after game
And The Sun is reporting today that when Joey found out he would not be captain on the day, he initially refused to play.
And Joey then had a furious row with manager Alan Pardew, and apparently Pardew ordered him to play in the game, even though he wasn’t captain.
And that explains why he was angry and argued with Newcastle coaches John Carver and Steve Stone during the warm-up to the game, and it seems he didn’t even want to take part in the game, as he had also been told he would not be taking the dead ball kicks.
It may be that Joey’s behavior on Sunday justified his being sacked, because after the game he dressed down the Newcastle players, including all four new players, and also some of the youngster as well.
That can hardly be good for team spirit, and the reason Joey was given a free transfer is that not one club have come in for him this summer.
And if the news is to be believed, Arsenal and Tottenham are two of the clubs who want to talk to Joey, but wherever he goes, that club will need a strong manager to control the lad.
Joey has often talked about his anger, which he still has trouble with, and it seems it got the better of him on Sunday, and ultimately led to his sacking on Tyneside.
Barton’s agent Willie McKay said yesterday:
“I think it’s a wee bit suicidal by Newcastle because how would you let your player of the year leave on a free transfer, approaching his prime?”
The answer to that is he seemed completely out of control on Sunday, and surely the club cannot put up with players going into tirades both before and after the game, because they are not captain or because they are not taking the dead ball kicks any longer.
His actions seemed a direct threat to Alan Pardew’s authority, and of course it’s not the first time Joey has exploded in the Newcastle dressing room.
It seems that Joey crossed the line on Sunday three times, before the game when he refused to play, after the game when he dressed down the whole team in a furious tirade, and then finally when he sent those tweets out.
But it still leaves Newcastle short on both quality and quantity in the squad, less than two weeks before the first game, and we have to hope that gets corrected before September rolls around, although we are not holding out breath on that one.
What are the chances of Joey Barton being at St. James’ Park on 13th August, but in the red and white colors of Arsenal?
If that happens he better not score the winning goal for the Gunners.