Archive for category: Agents.

Barton: Chances of new contract “slim to none”, but Pardew still hopeful.

June 30th, 2011 | 35 Comments |

Joey Barton: Hasn't spoken to other clubs yet.
Joey Barton: Hasn't spoken to other clubs yet.
Joey Barton has now confirmed that any chance of contract talks being renewed are “slim to none” and that he was never offered any renewal on his existing deal. He also added that he would like to stay in the Premiership, but has not been in contact with any other clubs as yet.

This confirms what Barton’s agent, Willie Mackay, was saying back in May:

“I had a meeting with Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias and club secretary Lee Charnley and they have indicated Joey will not be offered a new contract.

“Joey will continue to be a Newcastle player next season and then he will leave on a free transfer at the end of his contract.

“Joey would have loved to have extended his stay at Newcastle, but unfortunately it is not to be.”

Now Barton has backed this up on his Twitter page. When asked by Twitter user Craigy Robertson: (more…)

Agent: Moussa Sissoko in negotiations with Newcastle, Lyon, Liverpool and Inter Milan.

June 26th, 2011 | 13 Comments |

Moussa Sissiko: Enforcer.
Moussa Sissiko: Enforcer.
Newcastle United now seem to have been linked with most midfielders in France’s Ligue 1, with the latest one being Toulouse’s 21 year old French International, Moussa Sissoku.

In an interview, his agent Bacary Sanogo revealed that while Lyon may be slightly leading the pack in the hunt for the big lad, he is also in negotiations with Newcastle United, Liverpool (again) and Inter Milan.

He blathered:

“The link with Lyon is serious, but it is not the only one.

“There are also negotiations with Liverpool, Newcastle and Inter. Things should seriously movove next week.”

Sanogo then added that:

“His priority is a club with a major sporting project. But it will not pose a problem to Moussa to remain with Toulouse.”

However with two years left on his cintract, the player would almost certainly be more expensive than the recent cut price infusions of Gallic flair to the Magpies, who have cost a total of just over £4 million, including Demba Ba, although he plays for Senegal intrnationally. A price of over £13 million has been bandied around, allegedly by Toulouse’s Chairman, although he didn’t seem to be quoted on the matter. Sissoko is thought to be worth a good ten million though. (more…)

Barton “truly grateful and humbled” to be fan’s player of the year.

May 31st, 2011 | 14 Comments |

Joey Barton.
Barton: “Grateful and humbled” by fan's vote.
Newcastle United midfielder, Joey Barton has been tweeting again, writing that he was “truly honoured” to be voted ‘Player of the Year’ by Newcastle United fans.

While he was voted as player of the year on this blog, polling 515 out of 1634 votes (32%), there is a small chance that he may have been referring to a similar, but far less important poll on the website of Tyneside newspaper, the Evening Chronic.

In a touch of modesty that is becoming in the feisty midfield terrier, he added that he thought Cheick Tiote, Jose Enrique, Fabricio Collocini and finally, captain, Kevin Nolan, were more deserving of the award than him.

He wrote:

“Just heard the Newcastle fans have voted me there player of the year! Thanks am truly honoured. Toon army.”

Adding shortly after: (more…)

Liverpool allegedly offer £4m for Enrique and Barton will only stay if Ashley quits

May 26th, 2011 | 40 Comments |

Negotiations over Enrique's transfer are under way.
Worth more than £4m methinks
Negotiations begin between Newcastle United and Liverpool over Enrique and the Barton situation is explained further.

Allegedly negotiations have begun with Liverpool for their acquisition of Jose Enrique. Although it seems they haven’t begun very well.

Newcastle have placed a £15m price tag on the player and Liverpool’s initial offer was only £4m, so there’s a fair bit of meeting somewhere in the middle to be done before Enrique departs for Anfield.

Alan Pardew is now fully resigned to losing Enrique, saying:

There’s no point keeping a player who has set his sights on a club he has perceived is bigger.

You can’t keep a player that’s unmotivated.

Which is fair enough. If a player is determined to leave there is little to be achieved by forcing him to do otherwise. (more…)

Pardew bemoans agents as he tries to keep players at Newcastle.

January 14th, 2011 | 48 Comments |

Pardew: Not a big fan of middlemen it seems.
Pardew: Not a big fan of middlemen it seems.
Newcastle United manager, Alan Pardew has been giving an insight into the difficulties he faces keeping players at a club as football agents become an ever bigger part of the game.

Speaking in an interview with the BBC’s “Late Kick Off“, Pardew bemoaned the role of agents, and how they can destabilise players right through a club, from youngsters right through to the most seasoned professionals. He also gives some insight into his work at Newcastle so far, how he is determined to keep as many of the good players at Newcastle as he can, and how he also wants to add to the squad to make things stronger.

Below is a transcript. He begins by speaking of the contracts of players on the modern game, saying: (more…)