Lee Ryder in the Evening Chronicle is today adding more information as to the reason Joey Barton finally received the boot at Newcastle yesterday, so to speak.
Joey Barton – altercations are ned of last season too
We’ve found out that Sunday was not a good day for Joey Barton or the Newcastle club either, and several things happened before, during and after the game at Leeds United.
- Joey was furious he wasn’t made captain for Sunday’s game at Elland Road, and that he also would not be taking the dead ball kicks
- Barton confronted manager Alan Pardew before the game and told him he wouldn’t play against Leeds, but Pardew forced him to play
- In the warm-up before the game he was seen to argue with Newcastle coaches John Carver and Steve Stone, and those altercations were witnessed by a number of Newcastle fans and some reported those to us
- After the game, which saw Newcastle far from their best and beaten 3-2, Joey went into another tirade and dressed down the team for their poor performance and he was said to criticize both new players and youngsters alike
But the Evening Chronicle is reporting today that there had been other times towards the end of last season, when Joey had been a problem in the dressing room.
Apparently Barton and another Newcastle player, who was not named, rowed furiously before a Premier League game towards the end of last season, and it seems Joey’s anger was caused by him not being offered a new contract by the club.
And there have been several other dressing room arguments with Joey involved towards the end of last season, and during this pre-season, and those have also contributed to the player being sacked by Newcastle yesterday.
And Lee Ryder is today reporting that other factors contributed to Joey’s demise on Tyneside:
- He refused to shake hands with manager Alan Pardew after being told that Shola Ameobi would be captain against Leeds
- Joey was becoming a bad influence on the youngsters in the dressing room
- He was making a poor impression on Newcastle’s new signings
- And three separate rants during the warm-up at Leeds, at half-time and also after the final whistle following the 3-2 defeat.
Of course the coup de gras was when he made his comments on Twitter, when he not for the first time, blasted the Newcastle hierarchy.
So this new makes it just a little more understandable why Joey was fired by Newcastle.
But Joey is also a very good player, and he gave his all for Newcastle and had a great season last season, and was the local Newcastle papers’ Player of the Season.
But we also have to remember that his first three season at Newcastle, he appeared only 47 times with 3 goals, due to lots of injuries, and that was not a good return for a player on £60K/week at the club.
Joey will be sorely missed on the field of play, but we are hoping Newcastle will now plunge into the transfer market and get Swiss International Tranquillo Barnetta as a replacement for Joey, bring in an experienced left-back for Jose Enrique, and get another striker in – all within the next four weeks.
And we have to remember we have youngsters like Shane Ferguson, James Tavernier, Haris Vuckic and maybe Tamas Kadar (what’s happened to Tamas?), can bolster the first team squad next season.
If we can do that we should be in fairly good shape, hopefully.