Joey Barton will not be in the squad for Newcastle’s final pre-season game tomorrow against Fiorentina, before the lads take on Arsenal next Saturday.
Joey Barton – had a relapse this last week
And it’s probably doubtful if Joey will be in the squad for the Arsenal game a week tomorrow, assuming of course that he’s still a Newcastle player at that time.
Pardew has had a couple of talks with Barton this week, and has told him to calm down, and the Liverpudlian will remain training with the Reserve squad – the Development squad – until further notice, and he still remains on the transfer list as a free agent.
Alan talked to the local Newcastle press today:
“We have already stated he is on a free transfer, and Joey can decide whether he wants to stay for the year and commit to what we are doing or move on.”
“Only Joey can decide. He will train with that group.” “I never shut a door – I never have done in my career and never will.”
“Unless it is an incident where violence has occurred, or something horrible, and we are a million miles from that.”
The ball is squarely in Joey’s court now, and if he had hopes that a few big teams like Arsenal and Manchester United would come after him, he will probably be disappointed because it looks like Stoke City and his home town club, Everton, are the only two Premier clubs that have enquired about him.
And neither one of those clubs will be able to offer him £60K/week, which is what he’s on for the last year of his contract if he wants to stay on Tyneside, but he will need to change his ways if he is to stay on board at Newcastle.
And it doesn’t augur well for Joey for next summer either, because after all he’s just completed a stellar season for Newcastle, and if there was ever a time a big club would want him, it would be now.
But Joey, by his constant tweeting of things not good, seems to have put off a lot of clubs that were first said to be interested in him, when he was put up for sale last Monday.
And Pardew has refused to confirm if Barton would be in the squad for Arsenal next weekend:
“I am not going to answer that.” “He is not going to be involved at the weekend, because we need this to calm down.”
“I would not do this press conference if it was not for the Fiorentina game because everyone needs to take a breather, but of course the fans need a message from me as to where we are at.”
“The situation with Joey is that it is time for everybody to take a breath and reflect.” “What happened on Sunday with Joey and myself could have been sorted out if it was not for Twitter.”
“I have had a couple of conversations with Joey regarding that.” “We all have to pull together at the club – we have to.” “Joey has to pull with us and he has to believe in everything we are doing here.”
While Joey has done great over the last two years in his brave rehabilitation from his many demons, and after spending time in jail in the summer of 2008, this has sadly been a sliding backwards for the 28 year-old.
What this past week has done for Joey is to remind everybody he can be trouble-maker, so Joey should at least understand that.
If he wants to stay at Newcastle, then that’s just fine, but we don’t want him to stay if he’s going to cause trouble every couple of weeks.
It’s a cliche we know – but it’s now completely up to Joey now.