Alan Pardew has today clarified things regarding Joey Barton and his future, be it on Tyneside or at another club.
Alan Pardew – clarified things further today
Pardew told the local Newcastle press today:
“It is difficult when we are looking for transfers and maybe waiting for one or two players to come in.”
“That has been our big problem, and that has frustrated the group, Joey and myself – we want one or two players to come into this building.”
“We are not that far away – but we already have some very good players.”
We think Alan Pardew has been put into a tough position by Derek LLambias, but he did very well under difficult circumstances yesterday, in trying to calm the waters at his press conference.
And today Alan wanted to put a few other things straight, with some of the stories surrounding Barton:
“With the Joey situation, I need to clarify two things.” “Firstly, I reflected on Sunday and did not think he was with us in that game.” “On the first day he was in, he would have trained with the development group, but they had a game at Gateshead so he trained with a fitness trainer.”
“Yesterday he trained with the development group, and that is where he will continue to train until such time as this all gets resolved, we all calm down and Joey decides what he wants to do.” “Ultimately, Joey is in the driving seat.”
“Myself and Joey have had a good relationship, and I think the fans will be surprised it is still intact with everything that has gone on.” “I am in the middle of some history here between the owners and Joey.”
“I am trying to manage it as best as I can, but I have to have Joey being Joey.”
It’s up to Joey to decide and decide soon, what he wants to do, and it seems that Stoke, Everton and Celtic are the only clubs really interested in taking Barton, and that’s hardly a step up for the Liverpudlian.
We already have had uncertainty surrounding Jose Enrique for several months now, and whether he will leave or not.
Joey and Jose are two very good players, no doubt about that, but if they don’t want to play for Newcastle, then so be it – they should leave.
The most important players for Newcastle are those at the club, and we hope Joey and Jose will decide soon what exactly they want to do, although there’s now just 26 days left in the transfer window.
Time flies when you are having fun!
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