When we saw those tweets from Joey Barton earlier in the week, our first question was why he keeps stirring things up from the past again.
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After all Joey no longer plays for Newcastle, and it was well documented that he dislikes Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias, and that’s being kind about how to describe the relationship.
But LLambias and Ashley have never been particularly impressed with Barton, who we think they saw as a trouble maker at the club.
And while they offered him a new deal last January, they said in June that they would not be offering Joey another contract to stay on Tyneside, and essentially his Newcastle career.
That was after four years, in which he was injured a lot over the first three seasons, but played excellently last season, when Newcastle were back in the Premier League.
Obviously playing at QPR with their small home crowds, is not the same thing as playing at St. James’ Park in front of 52,000 mad screaming Geordies.
And you add to that the fact that Newcastle are flying so high in the league table this season, and Joey may be just a little agitated with the situation he finds himself in.
Alan Pardew was asked in his press conference if he had any comments on Joey’s recent tweets:
“Why is he doing it? I just don’t see why he keeps doing it.”
“I don’t know who is gaining of it and I do not know what Joey gets out of it. My only focus as a manager of this club is the team and it is a team which is doing exceptionally well.”
“Unfortunately, Joey’s comments take away the positive nature of what we are doing in terms of the players’ performances.”
“Anyone who takes that limelight away from them, I am not particularly keen on, so it is a bit frustrating.”
Joey’s blast comes after Newcastle legend Gary Speed was found dead at his home over the weekend, and it also comes after Kevin Nolan gave a classy interview in which he had not one bad word to say about the Tyneside club.
And Kevin was even honest enough to suggest Newcastle were not exactly missing him this season.
Joey Barton would do well to look at the way these two classy men conduct themselves in public.
He might learn something.