It seems that Newcastle pair Jose Enrique and Wayne Routledge will be departing the St James’ Park club sooner rather than later. Both have been linked with exits for a long period of time and now both have used Twitter to hit out against the club. Enrique’s tweets have been more high profile, and have even resulted in him deleting his account, but Routledge has been at it, too. So are Newcastle’s duo right to stick the boot in, or should they keep their opinions to themselves while they’re still wearing the black and white stripes?
You’ve probably read about Jose’s tweets by now, but here they are in full just in case you’ve missed them or only caught bits and pieces. The Spaniard said “In columbus now. I agree with the statements that echo today from Joey Barton. The club is allowing all the major players of the team to go. Seriously, do you think it is the fault of the players? Andy [Carroll], Nobby [Kevin Nolan]? This club will never again fight to be among the top 6 again with this policy.”
Pretty damning from Enrique, but he did try and separate the actions of the club from the Newcastle fans. He further added: “I believe that you, the fans are the best and you deserve the best for what you are doing with the club. Thank you all for supporting me.” However, are we all still supporting him after his recent actions and refusal to sign a new deal? The Bull wasn’t done there either and finally stated: “They have given me the money I have already. They lie all the time. But is not for money is because they don’t want to spend money in the club.”
So, Enrique is really sticking the boot in, I guess in an attempt to try and appease us, the fans, and lay all of the blame with the club. In any situation, there’s never just one person to blame, though, and both sides have to take responsibility for the current predicament, even if the club are far from helping matters. Given that Enrique is still contracted to Newcastle, for the time being at least, his behaviour isn’t exactly that professional and could be seen to be trying to engineer an exit from the club that hasn’t been forthcoming this summer as of yet.
Then there’s Routledge, what has Wayne been saying I hear you ask? Well, not much if truth be told, but the Newcastle winger did write: “Has just read @Joseenriqe3 tweets… #nailonhead comes to mind?” While obviously not going into as much detail as Enrique, he clearly agrees with his sentiments and is thus criticising the actions of the club, most likely in regards to the loyalty payment that, in my eyes, the club are right not to be giving him.
Irrespective of what’s going on behind the scenes, here we have two Newcastle players under contract who are clearly speaking out against the club. While that does give Newcastle fans a bit of an insight into the current situation, I don’t agree with what they’ve done. I want Newcastle’s players to give 100% for the club and keep any grievances they have to themselves. That goes for Joey Barton, too – by all means tweet but don’t tarnish the club who are still paying you a fortune.
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