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.