Newcastle news

Barton aims jibe at Magpies hierarchy

May 29, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton has claimed he has not been offered a new contract because the club want a "younger, better, cheaper player", but accused the Magpies hierarchy of not wanting to "spend any money or pay any wages".

Joey Barton with ref
GettyImagesJoey Barton impressed on his, and Newcastle's, return to the top flight last season

• Pardew anticipated contract row
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Barton, 28, has a year remaining on his current Newcastle deal but his agent Wille McKay revealed earlier this week that he is not going to be offered an extension.

The former Manchester City man has been one of the Magpies star players this season, helping the club retain their Premier League status with relative ease in what was their first camapign back in the top flight.

Speaking on his Twitter account, launched earlier this week, Barton insisted he wants to stay at St James' Park but he is helpless because the club don't want to keep him.

"Finished playing golf, 72 not bad. Came in to questions about joining Everton??? I don't want to leave Newcastle but thanks anyways........'' Barton wrote. "I cant sign a contract if am not offered one?''

He then continued on the topic, appearing to mock the club's transfer policy before stopping himself.

"I will tell all when the time is right, basically they want a younger, better, cheaper player............cant blame (owner Mike Ashley) and (managing director Derek Llambias) can you?'' he said.

".......slight problem is, they dont want to spend any money or pay any wages. Its genius really ha ha

"I am an employee so have to be careful here. Everyone knows i'd love to stay, i get on with (manager Alan Pardew) fine and are dressing room is 1st class..

"if am not offered a new contract, my hands are tied. I will continue to do everything in my power to bring a trophy to St James next season.''