By Chris Wright
Coming about a week after Jose Enrique accused owner Mike Ashley and managing director Derek Llambias of a lack of balls and lying about a new contract offer, Joey Barton was tweeted his way into a transfer-listing at Newcastle.
More accurately, Barton has been made available on a free transfer, with the Toon board simply running out of patience with his incessant need to tweet every single gripe he has with the club’s hierarchy over a summer of botched transfers and contract re-negotiations.
Apparently, this ‘ere is the batch of Barton tweets responsible for Ashley pushing the big red ‘JETTISON’ button on the St James Park control panel…
Yep, that’s it. Nothing more ‘incendiary’ than a little mild narkiness and what sounds like the threat of a tell-all chapter in Barton’s autobiography as and when the time comes.
Just bung him a few extra quid and get your most influential player – who, we might add, genuinely seems to enjoy playing