Talented trio could leave St James’ Park unless owner Mike Ashley is willing to spend Carroll cash.
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NEWCASTLE UNITED boss Alan Pardew could lose more star players as the futures of Joey Barton, Jose Enrique and Jonas Gutierrez look increasingly uncertain.
Still reeling from the blow of losing local hero Andy Carroll to Liverpool for £35million, the Magpies are facing a fight to retain the services of midfield general Barton, Spanish left-back Enrique and Argentina winger Gutierrez.
People Sport revealed last month that Barton, 28, was keen to see out his career at St James’ Park, with sources close to the player claiming he would be willing to take a pay cut.
But now the former Manchester City star, whose deal expires next year, wants to see how much of the Carroll cash is reinvested in players.
Beleaguered Pardew, humiliated by Carroll’s exit after vowing for weeks that his No.9 would not be sold, said owner Mike Ashley had promised him every penny would be spent on players this summer.
But as the Carroll deal – a record fee for a British player – showed, Ashley has made it clear any player can leave if the price is right.
SOURCE: Sunday People
It seems that Alan Pardew is beginning to realise what life is like as manager of Newcastle United Football Club. Having lost his fight to keep young star striker Andy Carroll to Liverpool the St James’ Park boss would have hoped that the cash injection from the sale would help keep others from being cashed in on, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.
Pardew will be especially keen to keep Joey Barton from heading for the exit as the midfielder has been in excellent form of late and has been the driving force in the centre of the Magpies side but the England hopeful is rightly concerned about what direction the club will go in when the season comes to an end.
Either Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley will allow transfer cash to be re-invested in the squad, or he won’t and it really is that simple. Left sided pair Jose Enrique and Jonas Gutierrez have arguably been the most consistent performers at the club and they are both being courted by Premier League sides who may seek to pounce on the uncertainty at the club to nab either the Spaniard or the Argentine as a result.
Newcastle United have lost just one of their last seven and would be hoping to push onwards toward the top towards the top six but it seems that issues relating to the club’s future may still have an effect on just how much the St James’ Park side can achieve in their first season back in the top flight.
News today that Enrique will not put pen to paper on a new deal until the summer may be a sign of things to come.