It seems that Joey Barton is taking a day or two to make a decision on whether to move to QPR, after he passed his medical yesterday.
Joey Barton – taking time to decide whether to move to QPR
And after the game last night when Newcastle beat Scunthorpe 2-1 after extra time in the Carling Cup, the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was asked about the status of Joey:
“He’s been down there to Loftus Road and is now going to take some time about the decision he makes.”
“If he comes back he knows me and him have great respect for each other and we’ll carry on.”
That’s a very straight forward statement from the Newcastle manager, and no real apparent request to ask Joey to stay at Newcastle.
But it’s Joey’s decision, and it’s up to him to agree terms with some other club, and he could go there for nothing, at least as far as the transfer fee paid to Newcastle is concerned.
What do Newcastle get out of it?
Not much, but his £65K/week wages will be off the wage bill, and that area of the club seems to be of paramount importance to the current Newcastle owner,
And it seems Mike Ashley is willing to reduce the wage bill even if it means losing some of Newcastle’s best players, who will usually be some of the highest paid players too.
But if Joey decides to leave, then the club will be losing an experienced and proven Premier League player, who’s reaching his prime.
And if we were to hazard a guess, we think Ashley and Llambias would not be unhappy and not lose much sleep, if Joey decides to leave Newcastle,
But we wonder if Joey will be in contact with the club now, to ask what the chances there are they could offer him a new deal sometime during this season, if he stayed on Tyneside.
If he asked that question to the Newcastle board the answer would probably be – not much.
We think Joey will make the decision to leave, but we hope he will stay.
And it seems most fans want him to stay, with 80% of fans in our poll wanting him to stay on Tyneside this season.