Inevitably Alan Pardew eventually had something to say on the whole Barton debacle. Allegedly the Newcastle manager’s tongue had to be put in a splint following an accident as it attempted to break the land speed record, but it’s now back in action. Pardew said:
“I’ve never closed the door on anyone and I’m not closing the door on Joey.
“He trained with the development team today and, who knows, he may train with the first-team soon.“
Who knows indeed. Pardew continued:
“It’s a situation I didn’t envisage being in.
“Joey is a great player and you want great players in your team. It’s very important as a football club that you are all pulling in the same direction – at this moment of time where Joey is not pulling in the same direction. That’s not to say that can’t change in a short period of time.
“I’m still reflecting on the situation, as is Joey at this present time, on how best to resolve this issue. I think that is important at the moment.“
Pardew then goes on to talk about Twitter in general:
“Maybe if it wasn’t for Twitter and this instant media it may have got resolved on Monday morning with me and Joey in my office.
“The problem with Twitter – we need to get a hold of this. We have got nothing from the Premier League on how to deal with this.“
“I spoke with Sir Alex Ferguson today and he’s had this problem with Twitter before.
“You cannot be critical of the club within a personal account. You shouldn’t do that on your own account.
“We’re now following the guide that Sir Alex has said they have done.
“I’m not against those sites, and I don’t think many managers in the Premier League are, but they have to be careful not to mention the football club.“
Pardew also had something to say in reply to the comments by Tranquillo Barnetta’s UK representative which implied Barnetta was ‘insulted’ by the Toon offer:
“In terms of those comments I’m not even going to go there.“
But he does anyway …
“To say £40,000 is a derisory offer – that’s ridiculous.“
Then, summing up one or two other outstanding things, he says:
“It’s obvious we need to resolve the Joey Barton situation. We also need to bring some players into this club.
“We need a signing or two. I haven’t even considered a replacement for Joey Barton.
“Enrique is still here and will play on Saturday. I don’t see an issue that he won’t start.
“I know there’s interest in Jose, but no concrete interest. We are poised to react to that.“
I think I’ve just wet myself with excitement.