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!!