Joey Barton Joins QPR – It’s Time To Move On

It’s hardly surprising that Joey Barton has signed for QPR.

Joey Barton – bye bye Newcastle

Barton has agreed a four year deal with the London club, on wages said to be around £60K/week, and of course he passed his medical   yesterday.

Joey hardly had any other option, because he had no security past next summer at Newcastle, and he would have been short-sighted to risk spending another season at Newcastle, when he would not know what offers would be made for him next summer.

That’s especially true since Newcastle made him available on a free transfer, and just before his prime too,  so from Joey’s perspective the choice was clear.

And even if he had asked if there was a chance of a new contract at Newcastle, we’re almost sure the answer would have been “no”.

But that means Newcastle have now lost their four very best players this year in Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton, and there’s a good argument to be made for saying that selling Andy Carroll to Liverpool in January cost Newcastle the other three players.

Certainly Joey and Jose were not happy about Carroll moving, and of course Barton was just about to sign his new contract on Tyneside when the news broke that Carroll was gone.

And it kind of shows where manager Alan Pardew stands in terms of control, since he named those four, plus Cheick Tiote,  as players he wanted signed up,  and the Newcastle Board cannot be seen to have backed him on that one little bit – in fact the opposite seems to have happened.

That’s not meant to be a criticism of Pardew, but a statement as to which two men rule Newcastle United, and  I have used the word  “rule” on purpose.

Once Barton started to criticize the Newcastle hierarchy – basically his bosses – the writing was on the wall that he would go – somewhere, somehow. Mike Ashley has shown before at Newcastle,  that he can be a ruthless business man, and it seems not many get a second chance, especially if he is crossed by them.

QPR were willing to pay Joey the big bucks, and they look to have a decent future, given that they can sign some other quality players quickly enough before September 1st.

Joey had only one good season on Tyneside – last season, where he played 35 times and scored 5 goals, but in his first three seasons on Tyneside Joey was injured a lot and played only 47 times in those three years and scored three goals, and he made a couple of appearances this season.

So Joey made 84 appearances at Newcastle with 8 goals in his four year stay on Tyneside.

Joey came with baggage from Manchester City and he leaves with baggage to join QPR, but well not enter into those details, to be fair to Joey, since a lot of them are over with.

This departure will not make the owner and chief executive,  Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias respectively,  any more popular at Newcastle of course, but Mike has never ever been a popular figure on Tyneside – and never will be.

Remember two years ago when Ashley was trying to sell the club, and he was abhorred by the Geordie  fans, but that didn’t stop us having a tremendous promotion season.

That’s when we all decided to forget he was even there and just support the manager and the players – and that seemed to work very well then, and there’s no reason it cannot work well now.

Joey was an excellent player and gave his heart and soul to this club, but on the other hand he was also very high maintenance, and the Leeds United game wasn’t the first time he had caused problems in the Newcastle dressing room.

But on the other hand Newcastle have bought some decent players in the summer and hopefully will soon sign Erik Pieters from PSV and a decent striker (sorry – I still cannot find my boots),  and hopefully somebody to replace Joey – but that has to be a long shot.

Players come and go but the Newcastle United club goes on, and we have think if Pieters signs on soon and can play against Fulham, then Ryan Taylor could well find himself in his best position out on that right wing.

We wish Joey all the best at QPR, but as we said the Newcastle United club now moves on.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

782 comments so far

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 26, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #1

    good luck

  • Saka_Bartoon

    Aug 26, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #2

    Thanks JOEY for all the thing uve Done.. and good luck… LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS A BED OF ROSES

  • fungus44

    Aug 26, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #3

    he,s gone for the money not the football he knows in his hart they will go down but want,s to try and keep them up all by himself because he think,s he can ,after all he is the best midfielder in the country {his words}

  • Billy1985

    Aug 26, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #4

    lets see how he acts now….good luck to him but it is the money talking

  • archaeomag

    Aug 26, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #5

    Rock on Joey & thanks for your passion.

    It’s is yet another sad day for the club, and I fear for any of the senior players. [ watch your back Harps]

  • Oba

    Aug 26, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Can tell who all the idiot fans are based on this transfer.

    Those accusing Barton are nothing short of laughable – this is the club’s doing, he’s been forced out.

  • Mancgeordie

    Aug 26, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #7

    good luck joey thanks for all you have done over the past season and 2 games now your warnocks problem

  • les_said

    Aug 26, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #8

    When you have a parasite of a agent who will get £600,000 from the deal pushing you to move it can’t be easy though i’m not saying Barton had no say in this but a 4 year deal which would take him to 32 must have been too good to turn down.On the field good player off the field well everyone knows the story.

  • Spuggy

    Aug 26, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #9

    Never thought 8 months on we’d have lost Carroll, Nolan, Enrique and Barton who, barring Collo were the core of our squad.

    I do see the sense in shipping out the late twenty-somethings, making way for young (french lol) up and coming stars. We could be getting somewhere exciting in a year or two.

    Onwards and time will tell if it’s upwards. The toon faithful need a lift now, starting with a LB and Striker, and hopefully capped off by a CM.

    I disagree with many who say we don’t need a replacement for Barton. Apart from Cabaye and Tiote, who else do we have in CM who is quality (Arfa to play as 2nd striker, and the rest are wingers). Gosling not quite there yet, and the same with Vuckic. So we get an injury to Tiote or Cabaye then what? I’d also like the option to play three in CM in a 4-5-1 or 4-3-3.


  • daztoon

    Aug 26, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #10

    Barton had a good season last term and if it had been us getting him in on a free this blog who have been full of praise for him and welcoming him to our club

  • Rossy G

    Aug 26, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #11

    This may be a major turning point, losing Nolan, then seemingly moving Harper on, and now Barton. Sad Sad times…..lets see how many times this year that we get a result when we go behind..?

  • stuckdownsouth

    Aug 26, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #12

    Joey’s been forced out, but what did he expect!

    Thanks for last season Joey, you will be missed, I just wished you had concentrated more on playing and less on twittering.

    This is a tragedy for Joey, he tried to play poker with Cashley and had his bluff called, and now he’s not at a Champions League club but at QPR!

    And their quality signings other than Joey……Luke Young and SWP.

    Feel sorry for us, sorry for Joey but feel he brought it on himself!

  • toonskull

    Aug 26, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #13

    Good Riddance to the spoilt al take me ball yem if am not playing twat

  • GeordieToon89

    Aug 26, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #14

    even if we sign Pieters he wont be playing on sunday sure he needed to be registered by 5pm today

  • havanaclue

    Aug 26, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #15

    @ Rossy @11

    We came from behind last night…lol

  • Mancgeordie

    Aug 26, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #16

    @spuggy i reckon that guthrie will be used more also gosling and vuckic will be brought through more and more they may not be there yet but they will never be unless they get more experiance and the only way they will get that is games and sub, manure do it they play fletcher and carrick 1st and back it up with anderson, cleverley and gibson they obviously feel that guthrie, gosling and vuckic are ready to do the job

  • Mystic Mikes' iron curtain

    Aug 26, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #17

    Vuckic and Gosling are ready! Vuckic is so talented and displayed a great work ethic last night, which I didn’t know he had.

    Gosling needs games, but you can definitely see the influence Cahill and Osman had in his development, at Everton.

    You cannot hold them back forever. If SAF thinks a player is good enough, he is just that, another good player, irrespective of age.

  • Toon_Jock

    Aug 26, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #18

    Good luck Joey – you’ll be missed, in your own legend way!

    See you on the 12th wearing the white n blue 🙁 sad day for us Geordies, again….

    Oh, and f**k you MA and DL you asset stripping whores. Hands in pocket time for sure now you pair of

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Aug 26, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #19

    Wish Barton the best he was one of my favorites. And no disrespect by saying this but the toon army made Joey Barton and top footballer again. The toon army has a way makin mediocre players into superstars with our support and also motivating good players to become great as was the case with Barton. Hope he does well Against the other 18 teams in the league and sucks against us lol but honestly I think he will be a bust for them. Qpr is well backed financially but nothing close to us As far as supporters And Barton is a player who needs thAt support that only Geordies can provide. Bet he turns into the old Barton before the year is out and guts that team in the locker room

  • GeordieToon89

    Aug 26, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #20

    just looking and Onuoha hasnt even been given a squad number, a rekon we could get him on loan or buy him on the cheap maybe 3million

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Aug 26, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #21

    Any transfer news mAtes besides Barton going out

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Aug 26, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #22

    No sarge
    Squad gets smaller and mikes pockets get deeper!

  • GeordieToon89

    Aug 26, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #23

    Sgt – apparently Pieters is close but thats all mate.. all reports have came from agent and player but none from clubs

  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 26, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #24

    This is the rumors coming out of Denmark – mind you I don’t know who there sources are – but it seems QPR have paid money for Joey and here I thought he was free.

    QPR have paid in the region of £ 6.000.000 for Joey; he’s has signed a 4 year contract on £ 80k a week.

    As I said I don’t know who there sources are. What’s the news in Britain?

  • deccyh95

    Aug 26, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #25

    good luck Joey, don’t piss off your new team haha 😀

  • Mancgeordie

    Aug 26, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #26

    we do need some new signings though i reckon we need 3 at least hopefully we will get a stiker (Nolan Roux) a lb (Cissoko or Pieters) and a young cb to bring through(Situ or Remy)

  • bojous

    Aug 26, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #27

    I’d like to thank Joey for the good things that he did for our club, but now we need to get behind the team and BRING BACK THE SCARVES!!!!!

  • Tonytoon73

    Aug 26, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #28

    Angryman deeper and deeper and deeper, the fat b@stards pockets are getting.

  • GeordieToon89

    Aug 26, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #29

    6:27 Speculation: Reports in France claim Lyon defender Aly Cissokho is keen on joining Newcastle. The Magpies are reported to have already made two bids for the full-back.

    QPR signed Barton on a free transfer mate


    Aug 26, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #30

    MMIC,agreed they both have great potential!!!how many games u think they both should get?I would have them over smith every day!

  • Spuggy

    Aug 26, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #31

    I am a fan of Vuckic and can’t wait to see him develop but I think it’s a bit of a leap of faith to say he’s ready at this point – he has played well against league one opposition and few times pre-season.

    He is yet to prove it week in week out against top PL opposition. But I agree he need to be given more chances, but for me as a sub for an established quality CM which we’ve yet to buy.

  • foggonridiculous

    Aug 26, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #32

    Fairly – and squarely – put Ed.
    Hope your health is holding up.

    I’m wondering what the situation is with Steve Harper as I notice he wan’t on the bench last night…more knee/groin problems?


  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Aug 26, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #33

    Jesper, wouldn’t surprise me! They reckon Jose actually went for 15m and not the 6 the club claim!
    Profit profit profit! F11ck the team! Right policy some think on here!!

  • Winston Potski

    Aug 26, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #34

    In the end Joey, talk is cheap and your actions show your greater loyalty lies with your bank balance!
    A very good player and a colourful character but good riddance!

    From a footballing perspective, I don’t think he’ll be missed too badly – I say this cos in the games so far Cabaye, Tiote and Barton have been playing a similar role which you’d think costs us any natural width in midfield.
    Marveaux looks ready to make the left wing position his own and perhaps Spiderman could revert to the right where we may get a few more 1st time crosses out of him.

    Anyway, despite losing Barton, I am feeling positive about the season, especially if we sign Pieters +1.

  • Tonytoon73

    Aug 26, 2011 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #35

    Ashleys policy is to spend f@ck all.

  • Spuggy

    Aug 26, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #37

    @ Winston

    Marveaux can play on the right too.

  • Dannyo

    Aug 26, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #38

    Great article Ed. Sums it all up, both for those “pro Joey” and for those “against Joey”.
    Very diplomatic 🙂

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Aug 26, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #39

    Since when has a policy to sell your best players and keep the dross the best policy at any football club?
    Perch, smith, Guthrie, out go Joey Jose Nolan ! Great policy regardless what you say re greed ability (or lacking in perch smith guthries case)

    Oh yes we have a very string squad!!

  • Toon-82

    Aug 26, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #40

    Well i hope thats the last off the players leaving…now lets get some through the door.

    Ive heard Barton has a release clause if QPR go down? So he has confidence in his new team, not sure if this is true tho.

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