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Newcastle and ex-Man City midfielder set for the sack

To be fair, if Joey Barton was anything other than a professional footballer, he would have run out of chances a long time ago. However, the Daily Mail report that his career could be effectively over, with Newcastle United planning to release the player who is currently on a suspended £55k a week while in the slammer.

Newcastle are planning to sack jailed £55,000-a-week midfielder Joey Barton unless he agrees to a 50-per-cent pay cut.

Manager Kevin Keegan wants to keep Barton, despite him being imprisoned for six months in May for assault and affray.

But the Newcastle hierarchy, led by owner Mike Ashley, executive director Dennis Wise and vice-president Tony Jimenez, are not happy and could move to dismiss the player even before the case begins on June 30.

Great things were expected of Barton when he arrived at St James’ Park last summer. It was supposed to mark a new beginning forthe ex-Man City midfielder, a new leaf under manager Sam Allardyce. However, a leopard has not been able to change its spots, despite being given several opportunities to do so.

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