The news was coming out yesterday that Joey Barton was furious in the Newcastle dressing room after the game on Sunday.
Joey Barton – tirade in Elland Road dressing room after the game
And apparently he told his Newcastle team mates just exactly what he thought of them, and those readers who sent me emails after the game saying Barton looked annoyed during the game, probably hit on something real.
Even during the warm-up on Sunday, Joey had been seen arguing with both John Carver and Steve Stone, and that didn’t look good.
We had jokingly said that Joey must have been upset that new boy Yohan Cabaye was taking the corner kicks and free kicks now, but in fact he was upset about that, according to his agent Willie McKay.
And that could have led to his tirade in the dressing room after the game, and his subsequent tweets which cost him his job on Tyneside.
And during that tirade he also questioned manager Alan Pardew’s authority, and that’s a dangerous thing to do and basically amounts to insubordination.
It reminds us of the dressing room scene he had with Alan Shearer two year last May, after the Liverpool defeat at Anfield, when Joey had managed to get himself sent off in his first game back from injury, and therefore missed the last three games of the relegation season.
He told Alan Shearer he was a poor manager, although that’s not the word he used, and Alan simply suspended him for the rest of the season, and Joey couldn’t even attend the training.
Barton’s agent Willie McKay has come out and said the player had been angered by the decision to give the dead-ball duties to Yohan Cabaye, while being overlooked for the captain’s armband was another thing that upset Joey, because Shola Ameobi was captain for the day.
Willie McKay said this on the radio yesterday about Joey and Alan Pardew:
“I think Joey gets on okay with Alan Pardew but does he make the decisions? I don’t think he does.”
“If you’re appointed the manager of the club you need to get to the people above you and say, ‘We need to keep this guy’.”
So it wasn’t just the twitter thing that led to Joey being sacked, it was a culmination of things, and it’s hard to defend Joey’s actions in the Elland Road dressing room on Sunday – it hardly helped anything.
We are now very concerned what the new players at the club are thinking, which is why Pardew, Coloccini, and other senior players have to settle things down at Newcastle, and quickly too.
It’s OK demonstrating against Ashley, but Newcastle start their Premier League season in less than two weeks time, and that’s a huge worry right now, with the instability we see at the club.