One St James’ Park exit that divided Newcastle fans this summer was that of Joey Barton. In recent years Barton really put in a shift for the Magpies and at times showed his class, providing many assists for the team. However, his on the pitch behaviour still wasn’t exemplary, and off the field he just couldn’t keep his mouth shut. The Newcastle board clearly had enough and the result was a free transfer to QPR. Alan Pardew was disappointed to lose one of his better players, as was I, but he still continues to bad mouth the Magpies, and with every word he says Newcastle’s decision gets better and better.
Is there a more prolific Tweeter than Joey Barton? The former Newcastle midfielder found himself in the spotlight after criticising the club after a pre-season defeat at Leeds before ending up with a free transfer to Queens Park Rangers and 500,000 twitter fans waiting on his next declaration. QPR face Newcastle next Monday and it seems like Barton has had his final word on Newcastle (hopefully), with Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias in the firing line.
Barton’s final tweets of the transfer window see him say: “Nice to see MA and DL come through with their promise to reinvest AC money, 59m net profit from transfers in last 5 seasons…..ambition???” He continued “Feel sorry for Geordie nation, them 2 nuggets don’t deserve that club or it’s following. Am sure they think people r stupid.” He also predicted further exits: “tiote and krul will be sold as soon as there’s a significant bid or the ask for a new deal, jonas and collo off by this time nx yr”.
As if all that wasn’t bad enough, he had the cheek to criticise Newcastle’s new left back Davide Santon. “Feel sorry for the club, Newcastle good side at the min but they’ll keep selling their assets and replacing with cheaper gambles. Santon?? 16 games since 2008, in a poor Italian league, hardly proven PL quality……..I could be wrong. Also, Language, cultural differences between Milan and North East”. Where does this guy get off?
With every day that passes the more I think Newcastle are well rid of Joey Barton in the long term. In the short term I hope his departure doesn’t come back to bite the Magpies when they travel to Loftus Road to face QPR next Monday. However, as good as a player he was and still is, his behaviour is pretty unprofessional and something that this Newcastle regime this can’t be doing with. The more Barton talks, the better Newcastle’s decision to sell becomes.
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