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Joey Barton Has Had A Big Relapse This Week

6:11 pm, Friday, August 5th, 2011 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 48 Comments

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.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Joey Barton · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours

48 responses so far ↓

  • 1 sammydolan // Aug 5, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Just go!

  • 2 TemuriKetsbaia // Aug 5, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Barton available on a free transfer…Liverpool have bid £15m

  • 3 Nathaaan // Aug 5, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Hope he plays for us next season, playied well last two years and I think he can do it again.

  • 4 ross armstrong // Aug 5, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    just go??? so you want wna our best players to ‘JUST GO’? i think hes daft sayn all the stuff on twitter but i wud hate him to go hes important to our team!!!

  • 5 smythurs // Aug 5, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    the circus rolls back into town! every time just when ya think we are back to normality something ridiculous happens!luckily we r playin the gunners who r in a bit of bad spot wit the cesc thing and fans not happy

  • 6 kilcline // Aug 5, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    People banged on about “spirit” when Nolan left, Nolan offered little else when Carroll left, Barton on the other hand offers so much more and we will be so much weaker without him.

  • 7 ONLINE GUY // Aug 5, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    Just Stay!

    We have enough yes men at the club. We need the whole team to speak en bloc about whats on their mind’s that way the owner will understand where Joey and Jose are coming from..its Healthy and it brings things out into the open. Things get fixed that way

    The Owner has a yes man manager ,,Should the players not voice an opinion ?

    Joey was the only one brave enough to speak out and he is being punished for the truth from Mr Fat Bastard

    All of the players should speak out if theres a problem

    Whats Ashley going to do then ? Sack the whole team

    What a dictator.

  • 8 davybtoon // Aug 5, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    i doubt barton will play for us ever again

  • 9 spitfire_ // Aug 5, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    @ross armstrong

    So you want one of our best players to talk in tw@ter and put the squad, the board and the fans in limbo? First of all he has a chance to take extension but he refuse it, then he criticize the tranfer policy. After that the board said to him that he can leave on free and after that he say that he want to stay… Is that so stupid and childish or he is pregnant because his actions is inconsistent and illogical.

  • 10 sammydolan // Aug 5, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    The detrimental effect him and his gob is having is awful & to the outside, who the hell would want to come to a team that has players like Joey Barton crying about not playing.

    Ps. He was texting him slut of a ex at one point whilst I was with her, this, obviously is not taken into consideration WHAT SO EVER. 🙂

  • 11 davybtoon // Aug 5, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    online guy – yes the players should voice there opinion but it should be done in house not in public, the press try n bring this club down any chance they get we dont need it

  • 12 ONLINE GUY // Aug 5, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    Newcastle United are being run like a financial institution, not a football Team

    And it now just seems like A dictatorship

    Ashley the Fat controller
    Ashley the Dictator

    Imagine being fined one hundred thousand pounds for telling the fans whats wrong at the club ?

    The owner dont like the truth

    Christ Ashley, please please F**k off .

  • 13 davybtoon // Aug 5, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    probelm is we all want signings but the window isnt shut ive said time n time again we hav to judge on 31august n if its the same everyone will b kickin off but to hav this negitivity when deals could still happen is jus stupid

  • 14 Dannyo // Aug 5, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Joey is doin my head in, and i wish Pards would close the door on him.
    He’s blackened a troubling pre-season even more.
    And it won’t get better in the future, the sooner he goes the better imo.
    Can we move on from Joey now pls? Every second piece of news that comes up atm has Joey in it, its not ok.

  • 15 Rotonda heights // Aug 5, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    Barton cares about number 1. He has the ego the size of America. It’s all about him. No I in team Joey. Time to go and take your circus, antics and baggage with you. The distraction is not worth it. He’s hardly helping team spirit now is he. Oh hang on….. no one actually wants him.

  • 16 Gav00Toon // Aug 5, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Joey just fu**ing leave.
    Why does everything with the club drag on and on.

    All we want is to see a mint striker arrive, with only a week to go before BPL starts its looking less and less likley.
    The team we see tomorrow could be the main team (-Tiote) we see this season.

  • 17 liddz // Aug 5, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Is Barton still here……….

  • 18 shearerno9 // Aug 5, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    it actually seems like pardew is finally starting to grow a pair, his last two interviews are doubtful as to whether mike or derek would want that in the papers…. essentially pardew has shifted much of the blame of transfers onto others because he has been hassling them — or so he says. Now he will have to play barton at some point if he stays, he knows this… whether mike wants him gone or not, pards know how important he is to the team

  • 19 ONLINE GUY // Aug 5, 2011 at 6:50 PM


    No good doing it in house ,,Wont get you anywhere as in house means nothing gets done about it ,Joey said what we are all thinking and saying.

    Best out in the open as there is no point keeping it a secret .

    I like the fact that Joey tells it like it is and Jose too !
    you see KK said he was surrounded by Liar’s

    I like to think with the help of Jose and Joey
    we now have the liars surrounded.

    Wayne Rooney Kicked off big time at Man U ..Saying the club was dying ! and was on its way down ! and they needed new players of top class ability ,,as he would leave if they did not start signing some quality ..

    Man u then moved heaven and earth to keep him Even though he spoke out big time ..front page headlines !

    Ashley just cant take the truth ..and we need a revolution at Newcastle ,,never mind suppressing the truth cause you dont want to see it in the news shite papers ..Dont worry about that ..And dragging our name through the mud ?,,well nothing changes because the soft southern Bas**rd Hacks will make stuff up anyway

    I can think of dozens of disgusting stories from 5under1an* but they never appear in the press because the Mackems are no threat to footballs so called elite, Man u etc Chelski etc

    Football is not a level playing field anymore ,,if it ever has been,,, Biased refs and Money at the top 4 or 5 clubs has ruined the prem..No chance of an Aston Villa or an Everton or Newcastle ever winning the league again is there ?….

    Just remember one thing before you post an opinion again Davy…

    We are going nowhere and middle table to relegation scrap is all you have to look forward to now mate.

  • 20 Frank pingles come sock // Aug 5, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    Obertan has signed 100% true
    If not I will eat my own brown stuff in a seeded bun

  • 21 DoctorZelig // Aug 5, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    I simply don’t get the fans that do not agree with the clubs handeling of the Barton situation.

    He’s had more then enough chances to grow up and we pretty much saved his career for him.

    Sign that extension or fuck off you overpaid twat!

    If he does not extend before mid August I believe he should be sent out on a season long loan to keep the harmony in the squad.

  • 22 veto // Aug 5, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    i think people need to stop trying to paint him as the villain here , what was said via twitter was nothing but a few words of frustration that anybody is entitled to say aloud for anyone to hear or put down in your favorite social media site for anyone connected to you to read , trouble being we don’t get newspaper writers sensationalising everything we post.
    and the bigger issue is it was born out of frustration we fan’s are feeling , a great nucleus of a squad that was perfect to build on and gave fans after what has been a miserable number of years , something to look forward to again , instead what we have seen is what was hinted at by the regime for many moons , high sell on value targets at discount price’s with the hope that premiership exposure trebles their resale value .
    the same time instead of just doing all that in the background we have dismanteled a pretty decent squad in some cases for lots of money with no reinvestment back in the team

  • 23 JAMSHA // Aug 5, 2011 at 7:40 PM

    and Joey can decide whether he wants to stay for the year and commit to what we are doing or move on.”

    What does these word mean?

    Sell our best players n fill that fat cu*ts pocket. N lie everytime.

  • 24 ONLINE GUY // Aug 5, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    Im with Kevin Keegan on everything.

  • 25 norwegian fan // Aug 5, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    To Online Guy,
    So, every player should be allowed to put forward their opinion about the club on twitter etc. ? How many employees could do that elsewhere in society. Please use your brain Online guy…..

  • 26 norwegian fan // Aug 5, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    and as far as I know Ashley is far from filling his pockets.
    How much money has he put into the club. Grow up Jamsha.

  • 27 AndyMac // Aug 5, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    Shambles. If this club was a proper business, Fatman would be asking the Chairman to resign 🙂

    “101 ways on how to f@@k up a good thing” is due out on sale next week authored by MJW Ashley and A Terwatt.

  • 28 Davies // Aug 5, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    Online Guy – Joey Barton isn’t Wayne Rooney. A million miles from it in fact.

    Barton is causing trouble and you’re condoning it?

    If you’re too blind to see that he’s exploiting your open hatred of Mike Ashley, I’m amazed you can find the keys to type.

    Try to remember what Barton is. Before he had his good season here, would you have backed him the way you are now?

    If the answer is yes, you’re full of sh*t and yet another antagonist looking for a reason to point the finger at the club.

    Was it Mike Ashley’s fault that Barton was a vile, thuggish waste of space for so many years before last season?

  • 29 norwegian fan // Aug 5, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    fully agree with you!!!

  • 30 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Aug 5, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    with those latest quotes by pardew looks like it was his call not the fat man at all

  • 31 G // Aug 5, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    I love JB the player, but the man is showing his true colours now. This is getting very old, very fast. Some good points about this on both the pro JB and anti JB camp. Truth is, I don’t know who is right or wrong in this one, but I am tired of reading about JB. Shut up, or put up Joey.

  • 32 norwegian fan // Aug 5, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    About twitter:
    Gordon Taylor: “Every person has got the right to speak in public so long as it is their own point of view and it does not reflect badly on their employers, the game or other personalities in the game,”
    Allardyce: “Ban it. It is uncontrollable. It just gives an opening for too much abuse,
    It’s a great piece of technology, but in most cases it gets people into far too much trouble.”

  • 33 Rotonda heights // Aug 5, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    superb davies

    unfortunately some people make us look like thick geordie stereotypes

  • 34 toon_dog // Aug 5, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    can any one remember after the 4-4 with arsenal barton saying when diaby got sent of he seen the confidence just drop in fabergas’s face n encouraged the lads on ?????? hope we sort it out. but he will accept if cabs better at dead balls he needs to step asside

  • 35 CAToon // Aug 5, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    For most every other player who behaved like Mr. Barton, I would quickly show them the door. He is different and despite his rants a quality midfielder who “gets” the Newcastle playing style. He should stay and see out his contract. Use the year to show other clubs that he is worth $60K/wk and new five year deal.

  • 36 Papa Noel // Aug 5, 2011 at 10:07 PM


    If he was inconsistent and illogical, I’m not surprised he got pregnant.

  • 37 chuck // Aug 5, 2011 at 10:30 PM

    Well it seems we have a reactionary bunch here on the blog, with most condeming Joey for voicing his opinion.
    Actually very few give anykind of valid reason for their objection, mostly generalities such as he makes a lotta money(jealous) he causes some kinda disrepute in regards to the club(vague) etc , etc.
    Most have ‘nt actually realised Joey and twitter have become a cause celeb in the world of foorball.
    Joey in quoting philosiphers and the quotes of many famous people has, transformed his image from a former thug to an interesting persona and will no doubt become the darling of the press and media in general.’
    As for those condeming his right to freedom of speech, you just dont get it, in fact most arguments condeming him are obviously from those who have’nt really given much thought to the subject and probably have never been fans of Joey to begin with.
    ah well!

  • 38 jesperfuglsang // Aug 5, 2011 at 10:34 PM

    @DoctorZelig I am more or less with you on this one. It’s really sad how some people on this blog keep using our current owner as an excuse for people like Barton to have the right to act like a spoiled brat.

    If this was Man Utd. or Arsenal Barton would have been out the door a long long time ago.

    There seems to be this attitude on this blog, that if your not with us then your against us. We don’t have to like MA to support NUFC and we sure as hell don’t have to tolerate Bartons behavior.

    There is something called a catch-all clause in the standard Premier League contract that gives Newcastle recourse to disciplinary action towards Barton.

    “Whenever circumstances permit the player shall give to the club reasonable notice of his intention to make any contributions to the public media in order to allow representations to be made to him on behalf of the club if it so desires,” reads clause 3.2.5 of every Premier League player’s contract.

    I would say that Barton has not run his thoughts past the club before clicking the send button on any of his tweets.

    So veto, Barton is the villain here whether or not there is any truth in his tweets. And NO you are not entitled to bad mouth your employer aloud for anyone to hear or put down in your favorite social media site for anyone connected to you to read.

  • 39 jesperfuglsang // Aug 5, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    @chuck here’s a quote for you from a famous philosopher:

    “People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.”

    Give me a break; never have I read anything further from the truth.

  • 40 stuart no9 // Aug 5, 2011 at 11:03 PM

    AP says he dosnt know if joey will be i n the team against arsenal, of course he dosnt , Mike Gadaffi hasnt made his mind up yet . it will all depend on if hes a good boy next week, you can just imagine fat slob , and lampsrse sitting in his office with a blackboard going through tactics ha ha

  • 41 chuck // Aug 5, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    So Jesper are you an employee of NUFC, cause you sound as if you are another club mouthpiece, doing it in a very lawyerlike manner.
    Sounds like one of those threatening letters most of us have recieved from debt collectors or ambulance chasing lawyers over the years.
    Or even the recent letter Joey received informing him he has been fined two weeks wages for voicing an opinion.
    And screw you and your oh so oficial “catch all clause”.
    Twitter being a personal method of communicating and a very recent phenomanon, it’s doubtfull that it comes under a contribution to the “public media” .
    Apparently thats the main concern of some of the EPL clubs and as things stand it could be a problem (for them) if in fact it is a viewed as a restriction of a players right to freedom of speech .
    Hopefully it will be solved through the legal system as were previous cases such as the old sixties case, when NUFC refused to grant George Eastham a transfer, or the more recent Bosman case, both as in the present twitter
    bruhaha clearly a case of management desire to control the actions of players.
    Well those days are over my friend, every player has an agent looking out for his interests and access to lawyers to argue his case, live with it !

  • 42 jesperfuglsang // Aug 5, 2011 at 11:29 PM

    @chuck i don’t think you really understand the response ’cause you sure don’t act like it. You keep writing nonsense. Joey has freedom of speech, but he also has a contract and an employer that pays his salary.

    All he has to do it to give up that pay check and he can talk all he wants. Chuck what you fail to understand is that there is something called code of conduct. If you have an employer I dare you to do what Joey has done. Came back then and tell me how it went down.

    Honest to god, your first three lines in your post, what’s with that? Jesus, is that your defense! At least take it like a man.

  • 43 chuck // Aug 5, 2011 at 11:35 PM

    Something i do know about is freedom of speech, its an
    integral part of my country’s constitution, something that you English probably dont understand, not having a written constitution, everything being based on a vague piece of paper written during the middle ages.
    I just find it difficult to believe how reactionary and conservative a group most people are on here.
    Perhaps it’s a result of the English system, the” dont try to raise above your station in life” attitude, ah well, you are what you are !

  • 44 jesperfuglsang // Aug 5, 2011 at 11:51 PM

    hehe chuck just stop it will you. Don’t make this about being against freedom of speech.

    Chuck freedom of speech is not a right it’s a privilege; something we have fought for in many years, so don’t come down on me with that crap.

    In practice, the right to freedom of speech is not absolute in any country and the right is commonly subject to limitations, such as on libel, slander, obscenity, incitement to commit a crime, etc. You should know this…

    For your information, I am not British but Danish, not that it should matter. Freedom of speech is something very important where I come from – if you know our history – you would know.

    If you want to defend Joey and you really can condone his action, then that is your right. Whatever gets you to sleep at night.

    If you don’t like there is something called a catch all clause, and you don’t think it should apply to Joey because he speaks “your” truth you need a reality check. If Joey voices is opinion public through twitter, then it’s public media. The concern of some of the EPL clubs is not whether it’s public media, the concern is to ban twitter because it’s a relative new form of communication. You mixing it up chuck.

  • 45 jesperfuglsang // Aug 5, 2011 at 11:56 PM

    I am not trying to be your enemy here and I don’t have anything against you. But then you write what you write it just pisses me off.

    But to quote another philosopher for you:

    “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”


    No offense – hope we can agree to disagree.

  • 46 stuart no9 // Aug 5, 2011 at 11:59 PM

    jesper and chuck, i am understanding what you both believe in , and in a stupid sort of way , i couldnt argue with either of you,you are both correct you are arguing over a principle that really has nothing to do with football , yes we TRY to be a democratic society, however , there are times when we must learn to keep stum, i am not saying that is the best thing to do , nor must we do it , but it is PROBABLY the best thing to do in JB situation, but i agree with everything he said so come on chaps its 12 at night lighten up , tomorrows another day

  • 47 chuck // Aug 6, 2011 at 12:53 AM

    We are sure to learn more about this twitter situation in the near future, as the media seem to have found something they can get their teeth into
    And according to what i read, Joey has gone from the former thug to the darling of the media and something of a cause celeb.
    Possibly more to do with the tenor of his quotes, than his right to make them public.
    Apparently at this time there is no specific ban, by either individual clubs, or the players association, which believes it could in fact be a possitive asset to the game .
    As to what the law says, well therefore lies the question?
    Apparently twittering being a recent phenomenon, there are at present no rules governing it’s use, though it’s understood there’s worry on the part of clubs that it could be used by players in a manner considered detrimental to the club.
    At least that seems to be what they are afraid of and of course want it banned.
    Clearly a case of wanting control, the old struggle between the rights of players and the usual reaction by the clubs .
    There was a time when they called in players and told them you have been sold to such and such a club, or we have decided to pay you so much this season.
    Fact is without players there’s no game and they are entitled to there share of the rewards and to be treated as gifted employees, not chastised and fined because the may write something the owner does’nt like.
    I fail to see any damage to NUFC in Joes statement, hell the owner and his cronies have done more damage to this club than all the players combined.
    So lets not demonise Joey and make mountains outta mole hills, lets just keep on tweeting.

  • 48 BillBurch // Aug 6, 2011 at 8:15 AM

    It seems to me that using Twitter is much the same as a disgruntled employee standing up in front of a crowd and slagging his boss/company off! How many companies would stand for that? If you’re not happy with your employer then look for another job because other employees may not share your views. For Joey Barton this shouldn’t have been a problem because he boosted his reputation last season with good play and a more composed attitude but then he goes and spoils it by using Twitter instead of just handing in a transfer request. I can’t imagine that Mike Ashley gets involved in the day-to-day decisions at the club, that’s what Derek LLambias is there for. Ashley wants some kind of return on his investment and who can blame him? Sports Direct employees earned a generous bonus last year and so would NUFC’s back-room staff if they had not been let down by the TEAM’s disastrous last game of the season! No doubt some oafs on this site will condemn Ashley for not paying that bonus anyway and call him tight-fisted and greedy but the bonus should have been paid by the players for their lacklustre performance!

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