There has been news in the papers recently from Kevin Nolan, that he’d love to see Joey Barton at West Ham.
Joey Barton – Pardew says it’s up to him
But Joey has said many times before that he wants to remain playing in the Premier League, and of course he can do that with Newcastle this coming season, but Alan Pardew was still asked yesterday if he had seen the reports citing Kevin Nolan’s comments.
Alan laughed, and said he was sure Kevin wanted Joey at West Ham, because Joey is a very good player, but the manager really dismissed the report as nothing much.
This is what Alan actually said:
“I am sure he would like to have him at West Ham!” “It does not bother me.”
“Kevin is a captain, he is a friend of Joey’s and I can see why he would want him to play for West Ham.”
“I do not see anything more than that. Probably Kev said it as a passing statement, I don’t know.” “I have no problem with the statement, Kevin or West Ham.”
“Joey will do what Joey wants to do. His commitment to the game on Sunday was there for everyone to see.”
Pardew was asked if he thought Joey would leave Newcastle before September, and whether Joey was still on the transfer list.
And Alan said he had never known what a transfer list was, in all the years he’s been in football, but that it was really up to Joey whether he stayed at Newcastle or not.
But Alan did expand on that, and said that sometimes clubs circulate to other clubs that a player is available, but that was not done in the case of Joey Barton.
That was an interesting statement from Alan is yesterday’s press conference.
After watching Joey play in the Sunderland game, he seemed so upbeat and if he does leave Newcastle, he will certainly miss the passion of football on Tyneside, and the massive home crowds Newcastle always enjoy.
Yes it gets negative at Newcastle sometimes (most times?), but when you get a game and result like last Saturday at Sunderland, it even makes all the negative stuff worthwhile,
Once a manager gets some success at Newcastle you will see what it’s like on Tyneside to be successful, and the Toon will be absolutely buzzing.
The next manager to bring success to Newcastle will know just what it’s like when Newcastle win a trophy, and most current fans don’t know what it’s like – no clue.
That’s because it’s been 42 years since we won the last one, The Inter Cities Fairs Cup back in 1969, and it’s 56 years since we won a trophy in England, the FA Cup final, when we annihilated Man City 3-1 at Wembley.
That manager will certainly go down in the history books of the Newcastle club, and we’re just waiting for him to come along – but maybe he’s already at the club?
We hope so, because time’s running out.