Joey Barton joined the Newcastle first team in training on Monday, that was the good news.
Joey Barton – unwelcome tweets again
Apparently this followed a very good and positive meeting that Joey had with the manager Alan Pardew on Monday morning,
The midfielder trained with the senior team for the first time since he was banned by the club last Monday, after he had tweeted his disdain for the Newcastle hierarchy, and then he kept tweeting most of the week in defiance.
After training with the first team Monday, he then surprisingly went back to his tweeting ways with these tweets:
“Looking forward to Arsenal on Sat, I’ll be playing….”
That was against the new Newcastle club policy on social networks, that forbids Newcastle players from talking about anything that is club related, and when told this Joey then tweeted:
“That comment was not literally to be taken on board…. no one knows the team yet.”
What is it that makes people turn so narcissistic when using Twitter and FaceBook?
As we mentioned a couple of days ago, only two Premier League clubs, Stoke and Wigan, have expressed any real interest in the player, since he was put on the transfer list as a free agent.
That’s in spite of stories of reported interest from some of the top clubs, like Arsenal and Manchester United.
Newcastle had worked on an agreement with Barton recently, that he stay quiet for a while so that things could settle down, but Joey has started his tweeting ways again.
Barton needs to shape up fairly quickly, or else he could face being sacked outright by the Newcastle club, and that would be disastrous for both parties.
Joey must take the non-tweeting directive from the club as serious, because Newcastle don’t want to be in the headlines again, because of Joey’s tweets.
On a more positive note, Newcastle will introduce their new winger, Gabriel Obertan, tomorrow morning and Gabriel becomes the 5th Frenchman to sign on for the club this summer.
And although there were reports in the papers that Newcastle have agreed a fee to sell Jose Enrique to Liverpool, Alan Pardew against stressed on Monday that no bids have yet been received for the Spanish U21 International.
It seems to us that Alan Pardew is keen, if not desperate, to keep both Joey and Jose at the club.
And while Jose has behaved himself quite well in the circumstances, apart from that one wayward tweet while in America, Joey Barton seems to be testing the Newcastle manager’s patience, and that of some of the Newcastle fans too, who don’t like to see the club’s name tarnished – again.
In addition it seems that Derek Llambias still has to be convinced that Joey isn’t still a liability to the club.
We hope Joey shapes up now, and quickly too, because he could still become an important player for the team next season, but not if he insists on tweeting about everything that’s going on.
Come on Joey, shape up, for the good of Newcastle United, and for the good of yourself too.