There’s a report in the Sunday Mirror that Joey Barton will meet with the Newcastle United hierarchy early next week.
Joey Barton – back in Newcastle squad next week?
We have no idea what they will talk about, other than how does Joey now feel about things, and does he want to see out his contract on Tyneside, after hopefully calming down a bit from earlier in the week.
And if it’s big investments in Newcastle that Joey wants to see, he’s going to be mightily disappointed.
But assuming the talks go quite well, and there are no punches thrown, there’s even a chance that Joey will decide to stay at Newcastle next season.
That would mean that he would be taken off the transfer list, and he could even have a chance to make the starting side against Arsenal next Saturday evening.
Apparently the talks are set for Tuesday or Wednesday (why not Monday?), and Joey will meet with Managing Director Derek LLambias along with Joey’s representatives.
The Mail is reporting that six Premier League clubs are waiting in the wings to sign Joey, but we find that hard to believe.
The only clubs now interested in Joey appear to be Wigan and perhaps Stoke City, and that is hardly a step up for the player.
Joey has shot himself in the foot and scared away some bigger clubs, who were initially interested in him early last week.
Only Joey has done that – and nobody else – and it’s been a relapse on his part, and it came after a great two years, where he did almost everything right, so it’s a pity in that sense.
Everything would be fine if Joey just committed himself to Newcastle again, and not let his frustrations get the better of him.
We could do with Joey Barton in the Newcastle side next season.
And come to think of it, we all need some good news next week, after everything that happened last week.