The Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has said the club has now issued its players with formal legal warnings about the dangers of using social networking sites.
Here’s another fine mess you got me into
This has come about because of tweets issued via Twitter by both Jose Enrique and Joey Barton, and young Nile Ranger even tweeted about it being a laugh that he couldn’t even get a game at Newcastle these days.
The Newcastle players will not be able to talk about the club, the management, the ownership or anything connected to the club, and this has to be bad news for the gossip press.
All they had to do was become a follower of Joey Barton on his Twitter account, and as soon as the latest tweet was sent out, it was immediately headline news – so easy.
Alan did speak with Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who wonders how players have the time for all of that stuff, and official letters have been now sent to Newcastle’s players on the correct use of social networking sites.
This is what Alan said yesterday:
“I spoke to Sir Alex Ferguson, and United’s policy is that nobody at their club can comment about the football club on Twitter,”
“It’s in breach of contract if you are criticizing the owner, the masseur, a player, anyone at the football club. Giving out injury news causes problems too.”
“We’ve notified the players this morning. They’ve probably seen it as another sort of dictatorial moment from us but we’ve had to issue them legally with a letter to say this is not right.”
“It’s a breach of contract and you have to understand you’re going to be fined and disciplined for that. It can’t happen.” “Sir Alex shared with me quite ferociously how difficult this Twitter issue is for clubs, particularly managers.”
“The problem I have with this new medium of Twitter is that people are twittering in an emotional state.” “Putting something out instantly can be very, very, damaging – not only to a football club but to any organization.”
Alan Pardew played down the arguments he had with Joey before, during and after the game on Sunday afternoon at Leeds United, and said in the normal course of events that should have been cleared up on Monday morning in his office.
Pardew seemed to understand players get emotional when things don’t go their way, but all hell broke loose on Sunday evening when Joey issued those tweets that severely criticized the Newcastle Board and they continued this week too.
Once again Newcastle have made the news for all the wrong reasons, but hey, a decent win tomorrow afternoon and a good performance by the side will go a long way towards restoring order and some spirit on Tyneside.
That’s what we want to see.