Alan Pardew has today addressed the Joey Barton issue.
Joey Barton – let himself down
Joey Barton was big trouble at the Leeds United game on Sunday afternoon, and had a blow up with his manager for a number of reasons, one was he was not captain for the game, and the other was he was not the dead ball kicker in the team, as he had been last season.
That task has been given to new boy Yohan Cabaye, who so far has looked class in a black and white shirt.
Alan Pardew held a press conference today, and the press were told Joey Barton would not be up for discussion, but Pardew did say this about Barton:
“My relationship with Joey is unbroken. The problem is he has criticized the board.”
“Joey is a great player and you want great players in the team, the door is not closed on Joey.”
“Without Twitter we could have resolved this in my office on Monday morning. You can’t criticize the club.”
“Twitter is about personal feelings, you can’t criticize your employers.”
“We’ll make it clear we’re not against the players using Twitter as long as they don’t use it against the club.”
As many readers have rightly pointed out, if you did what Joey did last Sunday, and criticized your employers on an open forum, you would be kicked out of your job very quickly.
And Joey has done himself no favors for Newcastle or himself since he was fired last Monday, by continuing the tweets, and he’s come over as a bit of a spoiled brat, if the truth be told.
Joey Barton has been out of order since last Monday, and the sooner he ends that Twitter account of his, the sooner he can get himself back on track.
While we honestly believe Alan Pardew would like to keep Joey on Tyneside for next season, there’s just no chance that Mike Ashley will put up with Joey any longer.
Barton will be moved out, assuming another club will take him, along with his baggage, which makes him a high maintenance employee at any club.
Joey has simply let himself down badly this past week, and Newcastle United haven’t looked too good either.