Barton signs for QPR.

How long before he is kissing QPR's badge?
Joey Barton has left Newcastle and has joined Queens Park Rangers on a four-year deal.

To be fair it’s been a long time coming, and whilst I don’t really believe he wants to go to QPR judging by what I’ve seen and heard of him in recent days, I can’t say that I’m surprised that he has gone. To QPR yes, but in general, no. Where is this Champions League club he wanted?

They’ve got a good player so fair play to them. They’ll get a committed performer who will give his all on the pitch but will need a lot of attention off the pitch. If Neil Warnock and Co can keep a handle on Barton then they will have a real asset on their hands, and all for absolutely no transfer fee aswell. Absolute bloody bargain if you ask me.

As for Newcastle, whilst I do think we’ll miss his influence I don’t think we’ll miss his ability. His ability to motivate maybe, but technically he isn’t, and never has been, that great. In fact it’s since the sale of Andy Carroll that his affect on the team has dropped, and by that I mean the amount of assists he got.

It’s hard to see how Joey Barton will really fit into our midfield once we get either Gabriel Obertan or Sylvain Marveaux up to speed anyway. These are dedicated wingers who can get to the byline and caused problems with pace. Look in the middle and we have Yohan Cabaye and Cheik Tiote as a first choice pairing with Dan Gosling and a few others as backup I fell we could just about be ok. Maybe I’m trying to think we’ll be ok?

So a four year deal it is then which gives Barton the chance of a bit of security. I really can’t blame him for that at all. Remember he was available on a free transfer and with no sign of a change in stance from Newcastle I can’t really fault him for looking after himself.

So thanks for everything Joey. I hope you continue the hard work and I hope you can stay on the rails. We’ll see you again soon enough as we’re down your neck of the woods in a few weeks time I can’t wait to here these tales that you were telling us about. Something about the truth? Let us know, just please don’t say that you were pushed out after making such a defiant stance about how a contract can be sat on and how you couldn’t be forced to go anywhere.

In terms of Newcastle, another player out and another day with nobody in. They’ll have to pull something out of the hat in terms of transfer activity although past experience tells me that it just won’t happen. Shame really as this summer could have been great and could have given us a platform to build on instead of having to rebuild an entirely new platform.

Will it work though?

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255 thoughts on “Barton signs for QPR.

  1. @witters

    Great intellectual comeback. πŸ˜• You win. πŸ˜†

    Now go and take the dog out and pick up it’s pooh. πŸ˜›

    I will call you later to see if you got back safely and didn’t fall in a crack between the paving stones. πŸ˜†


  2. Have they beat Joey, really?

    He forced them into giving him a free transfer. Huge win for him IMO .

    He would be mad not to have taken QPRs offer.


  3. im getting rather scared now how close this transfer window is to closing and we havent got a good striker or left back in yet!!! 5 days to go !! haway man ashley just show a little bit respect and pay a bit money out 4 us geordies you fat get


  4. Troy I know he would have been mad to turn it down, and even if we think qpr is going back down, with the money they now have you never now. I just feel that MA and co have won because they wanted Joey out and now they have got their wish. so ok MA might have lost out on a couple of mill but thats **** all to him


  5. I suppose we will never know.

    Fact is, it’s great for Joey to go from the insecurity of being a free agent in a year and clubless to a 4 year deal.

    In hindsight, did he want to force them into giving him a free transfer? he’ll say no whilst others would argue yes.


  6. Army,

    For your health mate, pretend it’s closed now. Get used to it and start dreaming up your fantasy teams with the players we currently have and no more.

    Pardew’s assurances on it are far too vague, he has admitted he has no power or control and we’ve only heard from agents otherwise.


  7. This was Toonsys rant over the Pieters issue;

    Troy – Stop being a **** and look at the facts.

    1 – Pardew has said we are interested in him.

    2 – The player has said he wants the move.

    3 – His agent has said that a deal should be done.

    4 – The player says that he has played his last game for PSV and may be on the bench on Sunday against Fulham.

    These are non-disputable facts that are backed up with words from all parties.

    β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’ I think he might ban me if I remind him on Sunday when Pieters let’s him downβ€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’
    πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†


  8. πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† im so gullible 😎 believed every rumour since 1st june

    Big Dave
    August 27, 2011 at 00:04

    Army have we signed anyone yet ? πŸ˜€ I think come next wed at 11PM you will be crying out for a seat on our train

    think i will get on the train now then πŸ˜₯


  9. Personally, I don’t think Joey has orchestrated this as a grand master plan.

    He has been daft (see the past 8 years for details) and landed himself in a situation he didn’t want to be in.

    Tough **** now though, make your bed, lie in it.

    For the record….he still could have sat out his contract and would have been signed as a free agent somewhere else in a year….if he is that sure of his ability….


  10. well im off , got the 12 week old son on me knee and ive got the delights of night feed 2nyt πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ all worth it !!!

    speak to yous 2mora lads , take care


  11. “Just got in to read the comments.
    Brilliant crack.
    Best comment goes to Michael Laudrup
    β€œYou don’t deserve eyes””

    Agree, Moreno.
    That won my ‘Insult of the Week Award’



  12. Army never worry about being gullible mate its not the worst thing in the world but NUFC will soon teach you πŸ˜‰ Take it easy lad


  13. Moreno I can see reasons why he mightn’t have wanted to do that like injury, or what if he was sent back to train with the reserves then he mightn’t have got his move ???


  14. @Moreno

    Your comment;

    Tough **** now though, make your bed, lie in it.

    β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’ some bed he’s made, it’s made out of silk and the finest feather cushions!β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’β€’


  15. Dave,

    Wasn’t looking likely though was it? Started first 2 games and manager wanted him.

    master of his own destiny.

    the only worry he would have had is if he puts his foot in it again, which is likely as he feels strongly about the subject and is outspoken. Not necessarily always a bad thing in my book (being outspoken) but just will never work under them ****s.


  16. @Big Dave

    There are all kinds of unfortunate scenarios Joey could have found himself in, particularly with his personality.

    We will never agree and I respect your views.


  17. I have to laugh at Nolan Barton and Carroll all saying they were forced out , just because they did not get the massive money and long term contracts they were after . Fact is they left for more money elsewhere and while just about everyone would do the same , not every one would lie and try to blame their former employers for kicking them out . The fact is there is no club loyalty left in football and 90% of footballers are motivated by a big wage more than the love of “THEIR CLUB” . Face facts until fifa and Uefa move to restrict transfer prices and wages the rich will get the best players and the rest will have to make do , and we are not one of the rich clubs .


  18. @axel

    It’s subjective really.

    I’ve said before as a footballer, a top athlete who plays in the premier, is in the top 200 or so players in a country of 60m population.

    They have roughly 15 yrs to make the best of their careers and earn as much as possible for themselves or family and win silverware.

    Would you expect Rooney to stay at Everton for his whole career and won nothing for an average premier wage OR go to Man Utd and win countless trophies, break wage records and enhance his international opportunities.

    I wish people would get over this jilted lover feeling when they move on to more prosperous deals.

    Can you explain why Shearer never made approaches to join NUFC for a contract we could afford when he was Carrolls age 20 yrs old. ?

    He waited til we were contenders for the Premiership until he surfaced and declared his love for the Toon.


  19. I’ve said for ages that we’ll end up with C Cole. hope not tho πŸ™

    Pardew will confirm the Β£7m signing of Dutch left-back Erik Pieters from PSV Eindhoven this morning and he could be in the squad to face Fulham tomorrow.

    Once that deal has been finalised, and the suggestion last night was that it has been, then there will be a drive to make sure a new striker arrives before the transfer window closes at 11pm on Wednesday night.

    West Ham’s Carlton Cole has emerged as a realistic option after Newcastle were unable to land one of their top targets from French football


  20. @fsotc

    Interesting stats which totally contradict early stats which were posted on here.
    Those stats showed Cabaye made the most amount of successful passes in the premiership following the arsenal game and the most tackles following the Mackem game.

    If Cabaye is keeping our stats from dropping through the floor then that is worrying.
    Oh, sorry, the stats do show we’ve dropped thro the floor don’t they. πŸ˜›


  21. Glad he has gone. Good (not great) player. Total **** of a person.

    Step forward Gosling, Ben Arfa and Vuckic in the middle of the park.


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