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.
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.