Benitez Not Interested In Signing Former English Star


Joey Barton and Rangers have agreed to terms where Barton will leave the Scottish club immediately after only joining them last summer on a two year contract at £1M per year..

So that didn’t work put too well for Joey, after he was involved in a massive dressing room argument with manger Mark Warburton and others following the 5-1 defeat at rivals Celtic – and he was initially suspended for three weeks.

But it became clear rather quickly that Warburton didn’t want him at the club and that his carer at Rangers was over.

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Joey Barton during his short time at Rangers

And it has been announced this week they have parted ways and paid  the Englishman about six weeks in wages,  so he is now a free agent.

There was speculation by Newcastle fans that we could sign him, but it’s hardly surprising that Rafa is not interested, since Joey is not one for the future and his best years are behind him.

Rafa wants younger players and when Joey left the club in acrimonious circumstances back in the summer of 2011 and joined QPR it was unlikely there would be any return to the club.

The Chronicle have reported that Rafael Benitez has no plans to go after Joey.

Barton had some good years at Newcastle, but he was injured most of the time during our 2009-2010 promotion season and played only 15 games with one goal.

In his four seasons on Tyneside, after being signed by Sam Allardyce in the summer of 2007 from Manchester City for £5.8M,  he played only 84 games with 8 goals.

Barton played  extremely well for Burnley last season and he may be snapped up by manager Sean Dyche, who seems to be able work well with the player.

Joey was capped only once for England when Steve McClaren was the manager back in early 2007.

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38 comments so far

  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 9, 2016 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #1

    why would Rafa be remotely interested in Joey when he couldn’t even get a regular start at Butnley.

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 9, 2016 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #2

    betty
    Barton played most games for Burnley and was in Championship team of the season last year wasnt he?

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  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 9, 2016 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #3

    Yo…Aye.

    “Midfielder: Joey Barton (Burnley)

    Barton’s experience was crucial in the Burnley midfield as they clinched the Sky Bet Championship title. The 33-year-old now has three Championship promotions on his CV, and also picked up Burnley’s Player of the Year honour.”

    Read more at http://www.efl.com/news/article/2016/sky-bet-championship-team-of-the-season-3128073.aspx#IVYQXYeGLe2lJmzS.99

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  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 9, 2016 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #4

    WWS………. Yes that’s right but he’s not considered a PL player anymore which is why Burnley moved him on. I hope that any new signings we make now will be with the PL in mind and wor Joey’ s past his sell by date.

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  • Jib

    Nov 9, 2016 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #5

    We could sign Barton on for £4000 a week
    Shave his Barnet and send him down to FA hq to be interviewed.
    Then play Shelvey wearing a syrup.
    Job sorted

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 9, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #6

    betty
    Burnley wanted to keep him but he picked Rangers, Burnley didnt move him on mate. No way Bartons coming back dont get me wrong but that doesnt make him a bad player

    Id hope any transfers in Jan are with the PL in mind too but thats going to be difficult and Id say we do need some players

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 9, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #7

    Was this ever a story?

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  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 9, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #8

    Jib ……. We could send you to the hearing walking on your hands with just your arse showing and tell them that you’ve split your head open.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 9, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #9

    Wws…….. I think he realised he wasn’t going to play every week in the PL and decided to try and be a big fish in a little pool.

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  • lochinvar

    Nov 9, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #10

    On the Shelvey topic just curious to know what will happen in Fridays International if one of the English Players turns round to a Scottish player who’s feigning injury and tells them to ” stop behaving like Nicola Sturgeon ”

    Would the FA regard that as derogatory or a compliment ?
    As a Scot ( and I don’t mind Jock ) I’m used to a lot worse and give us good as I get – it’s called banter and that’s how it is.
    If it is something else and purposefully a slur in the modern way of thinking then that’s different and needs to be dealt with.

    If Shelvey has erred then its dealt with, no problems there.
    If he hasn’t and I read that he’s denied the allegation then the FA have to deal with the Wolves player who has then brought the game into disrepute.

    Sound like a case for Judge Rinder.

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 9, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #11

    betty
    Possibly but Burnley still wanted him to stay…plus Rangers are a big club, bigger than Burnley so that might be why he left them for Scotland (or just to upset Ashley)

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 9, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #12

    Haha I will always stick up for Barton haha

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  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 9, 2016 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #13

    WWS……. I wasn’t saying he was a bad player. He did a good job for us. I just think he knew he wasn’t going to make an impact in the PL any longer which is why he moved to the smaller pool that being the Scottish League.

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  • martoon

    Nov 9, 2016 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #15

    lochinvar @10 – I fully agree. In my mind there is a big difference between racism and stereotypical name calling – in this PC world not everybody will agree but think on this. I bet Shelvey has been called a baldy so and so a few times in his career but his baldness is due to alopecia – so people are mocking an illness he has suffered since a child – but the FA will do nothing about this!

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  • Jib

    Nov 9, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #16

    Tbf Barton when at Burnley was named in the Championship PFA Team of the Year [2016]
    I think he’d found his level at last !

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  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 9, 2016 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #17

    Jib……. You’d have to have a good waxing first. Lol.

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 9, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #18

    betty
    Probably right though am sure Rangers offered him plenty of money to move up north, shame it didnt work out for him

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  • jane

    Nov 9, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #19

    Barton is trouble. Rafa would have far too much sense.

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 9, 2016 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #20

    Jib
    U dont like a NUFC crowd favorite? Big shock there

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  • jane

    Nov 9, 2016 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #21

    copied from Barton’s wikipedia page..

    Barton’s career and life have been marked by numerous controversial incidents and disciplinary problems and he has been convicted twice on charges of violence. On 20 May 2008, he was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment for common assault and affray during an incident in Liverpool City Centre. Barton served 77 days of this prison term, being released on 28 July 2008. On 1 July 2008, he was also given a four-month suspended sentence after admitting assault occasioning actual bodily harm on former teammate Ousmane Dabo during a training-ground dispute on 1 May 2007. This incident effectively ended his Manchester City career. Barton has been charged with violent conduct three times by The Football Association: for the assault on Dabo, for punching Morten Gamst Pedersen in the stomach and for attacking three players on the final day of the 2011–12 season.

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 9, 2016 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #22

    Copied from Barton’s wiki page

    Barton is a patron of the Tamsin Gulvin Fund,[185] a charity set up to support people who have addiction problems and no financial support.[citation needed] Tony Adams, who had been impressed with Barton’s attitude during his involvement in the Sporting Chance clinic, appointed him to this role

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  • Jib

    Nov 9, 2016 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #23

    WWSBRD
    You clearly have not spent much time at SJP !

    From that era Nolan , Carroll , Enrique , Lovenkrands , Jonas ,even Smudger Smith were crowd favourites .
    Where I sat , folk preferred Butt over Barton.

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  • jane

    Nov 9, 2016 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #24

    so it’s ok to be very bad if you do a little good?

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  • lesh

    Nov 9, 2016 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #25

    Ah, hello Jane.

    You standing in for Jib while he’s taking a short break from the mundanity of the Blog? Or could he be taking a call from President Trump?

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  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 9, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #26

    Jane…… Not very bad but a bit naughty is ok.

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 9, 2016 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #27

    Jib
    Where did u sit Jib? Because Barton is thought of very well in Newcastle…were u at the wrong St James?

    jane
    Not really I just wanted to join in posting random stuff from his wiki, I just picked something people might not of known

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  • jane

    Nov 9, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #28

    a bit naughty is fine

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  • jane

    Nov 9, 2016 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #29

    a bit naughty like Donald Trump is.

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  • Jib

    Nov 9, 2016 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #30

    WWSBRD
    62 PL games 15 Championship games in 4 seasons is shite.
    He flatters to deceive
    Yoo hoo Jane
    Wave to the cretins – keep them happy

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  • jane

    Nov 9, 2016 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #31

    “From that era Nolan , Carroll , Enrique , Jonas ..were favourites .”

    these your musical tastes jib 😉

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 9, 2016 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #32

    Jib
    The way u dodge questions u could of been in the matrix

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  • Average_Contents

    Nov 9, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #33

    Mr Smith. Perfect.

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  • Belfast

    Nov 9, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #34

    Awk Suck it up Lesh you big girls blouse.

    It could be worse – You could be that Wrongunn Bob Geldof. At least you get to lose brexit and the American election privately ho ho ho

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  • Legolas

    Nov 9, 2016 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #35

    Hi girls and boys,

    Heard Something tonight at work and thought I would share it. Supposedly Newcastle city Council have given the go ahead to extend St James Park. It was on some facebook site a colleague showed me.I am not in to facebook so not sure of the authenticity. Has anyone heard this ? I always thought it they couldn’t because of residential issues.

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  • aussiemag

    Nov 9, 2016 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #36

    Yedlin—–Lascelles—–Clark—–Dummet

    Diame—–Hayden

    Richie—–Gayle—–Atsu

    Mitrovic

    That should suffice if Shelvey gets 5 weeks

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  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 9, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #37

    legolas – the City Council will not be extending anything as they do not own the ground.
    The stand adjacent to Leazes Terrace cannot be extended as they are listed buildings.
    Only potential is extending the Gallowgate -over the Metro station – difficult/more expensive but not impossible.

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  • Jib

    Nov 9, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #38

    Mr Tuff
    Clever dick

    The council still have to give permission which is all Legolas said.

    From the fans forum 2007

    It was announced on 2 April 2007 that the club intend to submit plans for a new £300million development of the stadium and surrounding areas, to include a major conference centre, hotels and luxury apartments. The proposals also include a plan to increase the Gallowgate End, eventually taking the capacity to 60,000. This expansion would be funded by the city council and linked to redevelopment of the land behind the stand and over the Metro Station. Expansion of the Gallowgate involves difficulties due to the proximity of a road, Strawberry Place, and issues surrounding reinforcement of the underground St James Metro station. The club had already purchased the land around and above the St James Metro station.

    These redevelopment plans are uncertain since the takeover of the club and it’s plc holding company by billionaire, Mike Ashley.

    Expanding the Gallowgate would possibly leave a horseshoe arrangement of completed two tier roofed stands, like Parkhead, of Celtic FC.
    Development on the remaining fourth side is restricted by the proximity of Leazes Terrace

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