Joey Barton was linked with Glasgow Celtic yesterday.
Joey Barton – in talks with Celtic – no way
But surely this must be pure paper talk, because Joey has often said he wants to stay in the Premier League and would not do as his pal Kevin Nolan did and drop down a division to England’s second division.
And there are even reports today saying he is in talks with Celtic.
But why Joey would want to go up north, where the Scottish Premier league is hardly a strong league, we don’t know.
And we expect Joey is looking to at least match the wages he’s been getting at Newcastle these last four season which is over £60K/week, and surely there’s no way the Scottish giants could match that salary.
And Celtic manager has said as much today, when he talked about the supposed link with Barton:
“I would have to re-mortgage the club!”
We think Joey would jump at the chance of joining a big club like Arsenal or Tottenham and play in Europe.
Of course, if you followed his tweets yesterday, and there are a lot of them these days, he indicated he may just stay at Newcastle, but we don’t think that’s a possibility.
Yes, it’s within his rights to stay ion Tyneside for the next year, but we think Mike Ashley is so furious at the player, he would freeze him out at Newcastle, and we think Joey has already played his last game for the club.
If Joey and Jose Enrique leave before September 1st, we will have lost four of our very best players this year, Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Joey and Jose.
And those are the players that Alan Pardew last January told Mike Ashley he wanted to keep and have Newcastle sign up on long term contracts.
So that probably says something about how well the two men are working together, arm in arm, or even if they share a joint vision for the club.
We know Alan Pardew wants to make Newcastle successful again, but we have no idea what Mike Ashley really wants, since it’s well over 18 months since he last spoke to the Newcastle fans, about anything.
What a way to treat your customers.
It’s not good.