Bedlam At Newcastle Again – Leaders Needed – Quickly


It’s hardly a good time to have another massive blowout at Newcastle, but that’s what happened yesterday.

Mike Ashley – autocratic owner of Newcastle

There were signs of player unrest at the game at Leeds United on Sunday, and of course then Joey tweeted those remarks criticizing Ashley and LLambias after the game, and Newcastle responded yesterday by literally sacking Barton.

Jose Enrique did a similar thing a week last Sunday, but he was fined £100K, presumably because Jose will be moved out, but for a fee, before the end of the transfer window.

So it seems the way Ashley and Llambias are dealing with the uproar and criticism is by firing those players who criticize them, but it may be good to at least listen to what both players are saying.

That’s basically that  they are not strengthening  the side enough, and are also not ambitious enough to take Newcastle forward.

It would be good to spend a little of that £35M, if only because they said it would be fully invested back into the club, and if they didn’t want to do that they shouldn’t have said it in the first place.

Barton had indicated earlier yesterday,  that he would make an announcement about his future at 4 pm, but the club put out a rather terse two paragraph statement to counter that, saying that Joey was available on a free transfer.

And the bedlam broke big time on Tyneside, once again.

After being fired Joey got on his twitter account and tweeted this yesterday:

“Somewhere in those high echelons of NUFC, they have decided, I am persona non grata.”

“I am on a free but the honor of wearing those B+W stripes, surpasses that.”

“One day the board might realize, what the shirt signifies. HONOUR and PRIDE. Thanks for your continued support………..toonarmy.”

Of course the unrest of players like Jose and Joey goes back to last January when Newcastle sold Andy Carroll,  and both players openly questioned the club’s ambition and the end result is that both will not be Newcastle players come September.

But Newcastle are once again in a bit of a mess, and they will now surely need to bring in more players,  and probably keep some of their good youngsters at the club as part of the first team squad,  rather than let them go out on loan.

The squad right now looks paper thin.

But Alan Pardew and some of the senior players have to get a grip and settle things down, and quickly too, even though there will be fan demonstrations once again against Mike Ashley,  the Newcastle owner.

It will be interesting to see what Alan Pardew says today, but it’s his job, along with Coloccini and other senior players,  to keep the group together, and it could be a good time to reinvent that team spirit we’ve had over the last couple of seasons.

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72 comments so far

  • davybtoon

    Aug 2, 2011 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #1

    failing to mention bartons only took the huff bcoz he wasnt taking set pieces, who the hell does he think he is been causin trouble for months n cusing trouble with new players mug

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  • cgrizzly87

    Aug 2, 2011 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #2

    doo doo street with no toilet brush

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  • Offkey

    Aug 2, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #3

    I agree Barton was unproffessional….

    But do we get rid of Jonas now because of what he said…..

    Do we get rid of the new french player rumoured to be unhappy……

    Potentially, we could hgave rid of half the first team….

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  • Ollieh51

    Aug 2, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #4

    @davybtoon

    He has also been winning us games and was by far our most consistent player…

    How many people have now said the same thing about our owners and we are clearly seeign a fair bit of ‘truth’ in our transfer dealings etc.

    Maybe because it’s been said so much now by everyone I’m starting to believe it but this just stinks to me now.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 2, 2011 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #5

    Believe me I would have loved to see Joey barton here.
    But his twittering let him down and me 2.

    To any one who thinks Players will not come to NUFC. well think again.

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  • blissna

    Aug 2, 2011 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #6

    Why did you have to put his picture on the article Ed? I nearly headbutted my monitor.

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 2, 2011 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #7

    n if my mates info is spot on which has been, harper is next to leave to celtic as part of a deal for izegurie

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  • Eastander

    Aug 2, 2011 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #8

    Barton says he loves the club and doesnt want to leave, then posts on twitter how wrong everything is and badly run the club is… I’m guessing its not that bad if he was so determined to stay

    We need to strengthen so we can move on up the league, then has a hissy fit when we sign a better player in his position who’s better at set pieces

    Says he wasnt offered a new contract by the club and would even be willing to take a pay cut, was offered a contract at christmas on slightly reduced wages and turned it down because he wanted 4years instead of 3

    Despite not getting the captaincy he stated he wasnt too concerned and would be a leader on the pitch anyways, then refuses to shake pardews hand when he doesnt get the captaincy at leeds and has a rant before, during and after the game and posts things on twitter for the younger squad members to read along with new a potential signings

    The lads a hypocrite what can you say

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  • Dai

    Aug 2, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #9

    The Journal has put more meat on the bones to this story now.

    Barton completely lost it at Leeds because he wasn’t made captain and Cabaye was given responsibility for corners and free kicks.

    He mouthed off in the dressing room in front of team members and afterwards.

    Complete child who thinks far too highly of himself.

    I think the club have done the right thing.

    As for Barton trying to keep a bond with fans with the old chestnut (best fans in the world…been forced ot….etc”, well you’d have to be daft to fall for that one now.

    Just like in January when the lanky, injury-prone drunk was sold for £35m, when the dust settles common sense tells us that this is a very good decision for NUFC.

    We can’t have nut cases in the dressing room filling the minds of younger (more impressionable) players with poison.

    Well done NUFC. Brave and sensible decision.

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  • lgnufc

    Aug 2, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #10

    Ashley out! Joey was the only real leader we had left…

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  • hartlepoolmag

    Aug 2, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #11

    Well i for one have not renewed my season ticket and will not be spending another penny at newcastle until fat ash is well out of the toon.We have a regime from the owner to the manager who are blatently telling us lies all the time and taking each and everyone of us for mugs a fcking disgrace but he-ho the sheep will still follow never thought id say this bring gack sheperd lol

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 2, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #12

    barton played on the fans feelings for ashly n u all lapped it up, new french players unhappy read the chronicle its bcoz bartons been causing trouble with everyone

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  • Offkey

    Aug 2, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #13

    This is from the BBC – puts a different spin on things…

    McKay added that Barton was disappointed when talks of a new deal broke down, but is confident the midfielder still has a bright future.

    “Joey was disappointed. There was no way we were going to take a cut in his wages. He wanted four years, they wanted three,” added McKay.

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  • Jack J

    Aug 2, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #14

    Off topic but just read this and wondered if anyone knows why we’re the only club in the whole football league not to reveal our prices to BBC Sport?
    Maybe Ashley’s planning to hike them up to piss the masses off even more!
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/14366574.stm

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 2, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #15

    am sorri like but ma is ryt with what hes done maybe i can except bcoz i was told months back that nolan n barton were gone n younger more technical players were coming in

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  • Klatoon

    Aug 2, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #16

    Joey and Nolan did a very good job over the last 2 seasons but sadly started feeling like the club ‘owed’ them. Now its time for the other players who feel they ‘owe’ the club to push NUFC forward. We’ve shown alot of faith in HBA,Gosling,Colo and they will repay that faith. HWTL

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  • alip123

    Aug 2, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #17

    On a lighter note, I think the last 5 or 6 articles must have been the longest time going without anyone claiming ‘first’.

    On topic, this is a disgrace. No other club would do this, look at Rooney – Man Utd ended up giving him the new deal. We are the most poorly ran club in the Premiership. I still don’t agree with the ‘fans owning the club’ thing because that could go wrong, but I would like to see an owner with cash who is NOT trigger happy but with a similar sort of financial sense to Ashley.

    I hate the fat man a lot, but financially we are fine with him in charge. But even Shepherd would be better…

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 2, 2011 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #18

    Compare Balotelli and Barton,

    yet City is sticking by him. Because he has the potential to be a world class player. look at Modric and how Levy is still turning down 30million offers for him.

    They are holding on to their best players. While we are not.

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 2, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #19

    can u not see this has been comin for ages barton n nolan last off the pitch for lap of honour bcoz they knew they were goin, barton bein passed over for captain by colo, goin to usa for pre season knowing barton couldnt go freezing him out, now cabaye taking over set piece duty

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 2, 2011 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #20

    ilovetoon – bcoz we are replacing them with better players thats why, u will realise this half way though the season

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  • DembaBaMyLord

    Aug 2, 2011 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #21

    Barton has done nothing wrong he just doesnt want our club to be sh*t on and because he has told us the truth On twitter. He is a quality player why do think Arsene Wenger and Alex Ferguson are interested in Barton!!

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 2, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #22

    barnetta anyone

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 2, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #23

    denmba dont b a fool read the journal tells u jus what bartons been doin behind the scenes

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  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 2, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #24

    LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE

    1) Joey Barton has said he wants to run out his contract here and there is nothing stopping him doing.

    2) Jose Enrique hasnt left yet. If a team wanted him he would of left by now. Maybe hes staying.

    3) To be fair to MA. Marveaux, Cabaye, Ba and Abeid are all good signings with more still likely to come.

    4) It looks as though we have some great youngsters coming through. Vuckic, Ameobi, Tavernier, Gosling and Abeid have all impressed.

    5) Pardew was told he had to sell to buy well Routledge is close to leaving and Forster probs will be soon after his errors recently.

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 2, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #25

    barton is jus a ig of liar as maacting like he cares n YOU BELIEVE HE DOES NO HE DOSENT

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  • SouthLincsToon

    Aug 2, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #26

    @ilovetoom8788 – I think if Man City could sell Balotelli without a huge loss they’d do it in a heartbeat

    @alip123 – Amen to the lack of ‘first’

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 2, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #27

    harper will be next to leave

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  • s_mav

    Aug 2, 2011 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #28

    @davybtoon-7
    Harper for Izaguirre? Presumably that’ll include a transfer fee too, so excuse me for being a little cynical about it happening! Same thing with the Journal’s article on Barnetta. Considering we’ve spent nowt so far and I expect that to continue until the 1st of September when Pardew reels out the usual excuses then possibly followed by the clubs of players involved saying we didn’t actually bid for them or offered a derisory amount! Thats became the norm in transfer windows recently. Remember the Milner/Schwienstieger thing a few years back?

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  • hartlepoolmag

    Aug 2, 2011 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #29

    Dia but why was he taken of the freekick and corner duties do you not think it was to provoke that sort of reaction for fcksake take them rose tinted specs of pardew is a puppet and doing what ever fatash tells him P.S. iv got 2 theories on u dia u r a mole for fatash or u r fatash which 1 is it.

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  • Eastander

    Aug 2, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #30

    Demba, the top teams are always linked with players when they come available, he’ll end up at bolton or stoke or somewhere like that

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  • Ollieh51

    Aug 2, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #31

    Yeah, OK…

    Thanks Joey, you were a great player FOR 1 OUT OF 4 SEASONS!

    Prison
    That HORRIFIC challenge vs. Liverpool
    The injuries
    15 games in our fizzy pop season…

    And then you FINALLY show the City form we initially bought you for before all of this kicks up about your contract etc.

    Cabaye took all of the set pieces over the weekend and put in more consistent deliveries than him.

    He’s quicker, can get stuck in a tackle and isn’t as vocal about internal workings etc. I can see why any employer would wnat rid of Joey.

    Joey maybe would not have had as much playing time next season perhaps but it’s just the fight and spirit I worry about.

    Imagine bringing Joey on to the pitch, 0-0, half hour to go… Inspirational!

    Also… Forster – Ses you later, go to Celtic, you’d be a great make weight for their Left back.

    Harper – Great servant, if he wants to leave, let him go. Krul should be number 1.

    Smith – GET OUT! Just cancel his contract and send him packing.

    Xisco – See above.

    We need a striker, CB/Utility Defender. Vuckic and Gosling have shown the value of BarToon to us has decreased a bit more especially with the Twitter comments and so if they can get him off the books, so be it.

    RANT OVER!

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  • thetoonarmybarracks

    Aug 2, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #32

    barton spat his dummy out because he wasn’t taking set pieces. the bloke is a moron and needed to be peddled.

    http://thetoonarmybarracks.blogspot.com

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  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 2, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #33

    To al;l Joey’s disciples

    where do you think he will end up.

    My guess a team like Black burn, bolton or wolves

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 2, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #34

    barton took set piece duty bcoz cabaye is better

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 2, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #35

    @SouthLincsToon // Aug 2, 2011 at 9:09 AM
    ilovetoom8788 – I think if Man City could sell Balotelli without a huge loss they’d do it in a heartbeat

    ——————–
    Isn’t that the problem? we bought him for 5.5million and we are releasing him on a free. stupid owners. that’s why.

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  • redondo77

    Aug 2, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #36

    @16 & 17
    Do they tweet like barton?

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  • thetoonarmybarracks

    Aug 2, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #37

    and with regards to alan smith – I was on a RAF base in Cyprus a few weeks ago and I was speaking to his best pal. he told me there is no way Alan Smith is going to walk away from the contract he has at newcastle. These arse holes that we have on mega wages are stopping us from signing more. Fat Cashley is trying to at least keep the wage bill under control and when the likes of xisco and smith are sitting on 50+ grand a week it makes it hard to justify wages for more players.

    http://thetoonarmybarracks.blogspot.com

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 2, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #38

    Joey has stirred things up a lot behind the scenes, he was gonna be leaving the club one way or another anyway.

    What we have seen of Twatter is only half the story. If he cared about the club like he said he would have conducted his business ammicably with the board, not aired his dirty laundry on a social networking site.

    Someone got sacked from the company I work for for saying something about our boss on fakebook, so why should a footballer be any different.

    Like Ed says, we need a leader to step forward, a new figurehead to start the revolution, we have brought some good lads in this summer, a few more and we are buzzing. Howay Harps & Saylor, show your geordie grit!

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  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 2, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #39

    Krul

    Simpson S. Taylor Coloccini Enrique

    Marveaux Cabaye Tiote Gutierrez

    Ben Arfa

    Ba

    Subs
    Harper
    Williamson
    Ferguson
    Gosling
    Abeid
    Best
    Ameobi

    Thats is still a good team. Yes we need another wide player and another striker but how do people know we wont sign anyone else.

    Sturridge and Cleverly on loan anyone?

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  • s_mav

    Aug 2, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #40

    Oh and please stop saying with such conviction that Cabaye IS better than Barton: you and I have no idea how he will do in the Premiership. Of course I want him to succeed and I hope he will but with any foreign player there is no guarantee he will. I presume you’ve watched all of Lille’s games for the past 5 years?! Do I need to reel off a list of players with big reputations who’ve came to England and failed?

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