Alan Pardew seems to want an end to the altercation between Joey Barton and the club’s hierarchy.
Alan Pardew - olive branch extended
Alan Pardew suggested at his press conference on Thursday afternoon that Barton’s career may not be over at Newcastle, as he said:
“I’ve never closed the door on anyone and I’m not closing the door on Joey.”
“He trained with the development team today and, who knows, he may train with the first-team soon.”
“Joey is a great player and you want great players in your team.” “It’s very important as a football club that you are all pulling in the same direction.”
“Joey is not pulling in the same direction.” “That’s not to say that can’t change in a short period of time.”
“I’m still reflecting on the situation, as is Joey at this present time, on how best to resolve this issue.”
And there seemed to be rather dramatic change of tune from Newcastle’s Managing Director Derek Llambias today, after Joey himself seemed to want to patch things up last night.
It’s not clear if it is possible to make everything whole again with Joey Barton, after what has happened this week, but after Alan Pardew made his comments at the press conference on Thursday afternoon, Joey tweeted the following:
‘Does anybody have Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s number?’
Brunel was a British civil engineer who built bridges and dockyards in the nineteenth century, including the construction of the first major British railway, the Great Western Railway.
We suppose the reference is to Brunel as a bridge builder.
So it’s hard to know what the actual situation is with Joey Barton at the moment, other than both parties are thinking it over, but something needs to be worked out soon.
And in our poll we put out earlier today, a full 73% want Joey to stay at Newcastle next season.
If it can all be worked out, it seems that the Newcastle fans would be happy enough for Joey to stay at Newcastle, but he will also have to alter his ways of course.
Is is possible for Joey to eventually sign a long term contract at the Tyneside club?
It’s just a thought, a wild thought.
Comments always welcome.