Joey Barton and the club came to a ferocious head when they stated that the player could leave the club for absolutely nothing. Many fans cried out in uproar at the decision – our Player of the Season would now be able to listen to offers from clubs who could vie for his services.
It was with no surprise that this occurred to Barton. Since he has joined Twitter he has constantly ridiculed the club and the decisions that they have made. When commenting on the signing of French midfielder Yohan Cabaye he said that the club where employing someone who was a younger version of himself. Furthermore he spoke out when Kevin Nolan was sold to West Ham. The club then used that money to purchase Yohan Cabaye in a shrewd deal that allowed us to sign him for around £4 million. One of the transfer coups of the summer in my opinion.
In recent weeks he has even commented that the club are set to be in a relegation battle – comments that no doubt do wonders for the team. Yes Barton has never be happy with Mike Ashley and nor have I but you can’t say that, it doesn’t put any confidence into the team at all.
Barton wanted to honour the black and white stripes but if he truly knew the meaning of that then he would have taken the contract offered in front of him and signed it. But no! I want more money cried Barton. Does it make sense to offer someone who is 28 a five year contract? There are cases for both yes and no but out of the four seasons Barton has been with us we have had only one decent season from him.
The club stuck by him when he had many troubles, most famously when he was in prison for his violent behaviour. If I’m not mistaken many fans did not want him to play for the club at all. He had too much baggage that he was dragging around with him. Many called for his contract to be terminated immediately although this did not happen.
Let me take you back to the saga of Judas. If I remember correctly Kevin Nolan spoke in Carroll’s ear and told him to make a move to Liverpool. Nolan was club captain and he should have been telling the player to stick it out for the rest of the season and not tell him to up sticks to the Red side. In fact the really thing that burnt Nolan’s card for me was the interview he gave to Liverpool TV, saying that they were gaining a great player and reiterated that he told Judas to leave.
In fact when news of Nolan being sold came to me, I wasn’t surprised he was leaving. He too had been offered a new contract but did not want to sign it as it wasn’t a five year contract. He jumped ship as soon as West Ham came in with a contract that sees him on more money than he was on at Newcastle. Nolan was lost when Carroll left and did not have the same sort of form that he showed in the first half of the season.
Fans of the club may not agree with the situation that Barton is in. I love the fact that he was a revelation for us last season, but I have no sympathy for his actions. If you take to a site that is available to the public world as Twitter is then you are setting yourself for an almighty fall. The cheap shots Barton has made at the club has offended the ones up above and they have acted in order to stop the disruption that may be occurring in the dressing room.
A brick wall has been put firmly in front of Barton’s face. No longer allowed to train with the first team he has to contend with being a part of the development squad before he sorts out whether he leaves or signs a contract that sees him stay with the club. Joey talks of winning a cup for Newcastle but with the door seemingly shut on his career then he has to stop and think about what he does next. With meetings due to take place later this week, could that perhaps lead a way back for him?
Trouble makers such as Nolan being sold is no bad thing at all. Who wants the club captain to tell players to leave? That is not the right way for the team to operate. If the status quo in the dressing room has been disrupted then there is a case for Barton to be frozen out. The team doesn’t need people to air their feelings in public; I believe that the group of players we have got will carry us forward this season. Wor Joey has no right to disrupt that by venting his anger at Mike Ashley through public, it creates a big dilemma for Alan Pardew.
In my opinion I think Barton has brought this on all through himself by the way that he uses twitter to communicate with the fans. His tweets have had major consequences on him and he now appears to be at a crossroads with hi career.
He wants to speak the truth which so many of us want to hear but if, in his hearts of hearts, he wants to play for us then he needs to build a bridge back to the first team.