Joey Barton has been stirring it up again, and he’s still concentrating on Newcastle.
These are not exactly Joey’s favorite people
Why can’t he switch his complaints to QPR, his current club, since he must have had enough time by now to find fault there too?
Joey attacked the Newcastle hierarchy on a number of fronts yesterday, and we wonder how long this stuff will go on, but we hope not much longer, since Joey Barton is no longer even at Newcastle.
Joey talked yesterday about the contract issue between the players and the hierarchy, which he says ultimately led to Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique, Andy Carroll and himself leaving the club this year.
We’ll just point out that losing those players doesn’t seem to have hurt the side too much this season, with Newcastle flying as high as we did under the the great Bobby Robson, and yes, that’s been a huge surprise, but nevertheless it’s true.
And no doubt it’s due to the remarkable impact that manager Alan Pardew has had in a short eleven months at the club, but isn’t that positive?
This is the latest Joey Barton attack on Ashley and LLambias:
“We refused as a playing staff to sign because they tried to railroad the players into signing a bonus sheet,” “Their opinion was we were paid workforce.”
“Myself, Kevin Nolan, Alan Smith, Steve Harper and Andy Carroll – probably the bigger-name players at the time – advised the playing staff not to sign the bonus sheet and that filtered back to boardroom level.”
“It’s no coincidence that I got sold – well, given away – Andy Carroll was sold, Kevin Nolan was sold, Steve Harper – a fantastic servant for the football club – has been forced to go on loan and maybe his position has become untenable.”
“It’s going really well for them at the minute but that’s more a testament to the players and the fans, and also the manager Alan Pardew.” “I just wouldn’t like to go to work and work for those two… cretins.”
These attacks by Joey would have carried more weight if Newcastle had been struggling big time this season, like some of us even were worried about.
But we’re not struggling, and in fact we’re having big success and that shows that some people at the club know what they are doing, and if that’s down to Alan Pardew alone and his coaches, then so be it.
And the QPR player thinks that it was Chris Hughton’s inability to control the Newcastle players that was the main reason he was sacked last December.
Certainly we had heard rumbles of there being too much player power at the club during the promotion season and last season too, and it certainly was a huge surprise when Chris Highton was fired last December.
Barton viewed the contract dispute as the main reason for Hughton’s firing, as he continued:
“Because Chris couldn’t get us to sign up to the bonuses offered, Mike Ashley said he’s got no control over the players, he needs to go,”
“They got rid of Chris Hughton and the way they did it I felt they could have handled themselves with a bit more dignity. I felt aggrieved by it.”
It did look a bit strange that Chris Highton was sacked just five games after Newcastle had been 5th top of the league, after beating Arsenal 1-0 the Emirates Stadium on 7th November.
Over the next five games, Newcastle went into a mini-slump and lost three games, including the 5-1 hammering at Bolton, and we drew the other two games.
And it was after the 3-1 defeat at WBA on 5th December, where Newcastle were terrible, that Chris was fired the next day.
And there was once again uproar on Tyneside about a Mike Ashley decision that came right out of the blue, and that was followed on January 31st when he sold Andy Carroll to Liverpool.
And even Alan Pardew seems to be dreading the January transfer window, as the Londoner seems anxious that Newcastle do not lose another big name like we did last January.
We hope that doesn’t happen, but Cheick Tiote is continually being linked with Chelsea, and Yohan Cabaye has been linked with Manchester United.
We’re not even saying that Joey is wrong in what he says, but why does he keep stirring things up at Newcastle, especially when he is no longer at the club, and after all Newcastle are doing very well this season.
He could take a cue from former captain Kevin Nolan who has kept a dignified silence since leaving Newcastle and he doesn’t criticize the club.
Whether this season’s success is because of Ashley and LLambias or in spite of them, we don’t really know, but as long as the lads keep up their terrific form, and keep playing 100% in every game, we’ll be happy enough.
Sometimes less is more, and in silence, there is often both dignity and class.
Joey doesn’t even know what that means – but Kevin Nolan knows exactly what it means.