Alan Pardew has come out today and told the local Newcastle press that Joey Barton would be very welcome to stay at Newcastle this season.
Joey Barton – thinking over whether to join QPR
Not only that, but the very experienced Premier League player would still have an important role to play on Tyneside this coming season.
Last night after the game, Alan was asked by Sky Sports about Joey, and he basically said it was Joey’s decision whether he joined QPR, but he has expanded on his feelings about the Barton situation today.
This is what the Newcastle manager said:
“At the moment, Joey is thinking long and hard about his future.” “He knows what is happening in respect of the team and the players.”
“He also knows he can come back here and it is a good environment.” “He might want to try to stay here and improve the club’s situation.”
“He might take QPR on, but it is his decision.” “We might have to live and die by it.” “He is an important player for us and has a role to play.”
There’s not too much Alan can really say about the situation, because Joey’s beef is not with Alan Pardew, but with the way Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias are running the Tyneside club, and it was they who withdrew the new contract offer from Joey in early June.
And it’s interesting that Alan was even asked by Sky Sports about the illegal approach for Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga this week, that had the French club report Newcastle to FIFA, and Pardew was asked what the club were going to do about it.
But Alan has nothing to do with that, since LLambias and others are the ones who negotiate the transfer deals, but Pardew came out and said the party line about the club would do what’s right, and even get lawyers involved if necessary to sort it all out.
At some time soon, Derek LLambias and Mike Ashley are going to have to answer the questions on stuff they are responsible for at the club, and not leave it to Alan to answer all the questions, some of which are on things he has no responsibility for.
But there again we remember when Alan was hired, his very first news conference last December, had him answering questions on why Chris Hughton was fired, since Derek LLambias was conveniently a no-show at that press conference.
As far as Joey’s situation goes, we should know soon enough, but he knows the vast majority of Newcastle fans want him to stay, and in our poll a full 81% at the moment want him to stay on Tyneside, with almost 1200 votes in.
We hope Joey decides to stay with us.