Monday, May 30, 2011


At the risk of making a twit of himself, ASBO (@Joey7Barton) has now joined the ranks of Mags on Twitter.

To begin with it was all pretty innocuous as he indulged in some "banter" with the odious Piers Morgan, and posted some pictures of his racehorses, but then yesterday he appeared to lift the lid on the contract dispute.

In his own words: "I cant sign a contract if am not offered one?"

That was followed by "I will tell all when the time is right, basically they want a younger, better, cheaper player ......... cant blame Mike and Derek can you?"

"....... slight problem is they dont want to spend any money or pay any wages. Its genius really ha ha"

"I am an employee so have to be careful here. Everyone knows i'd love to stay, i get on with Pardew fine and are dressing room are 1st class.."

"if am not offered a new contract, my hand are tied. I will continue to do everything in my power to bring a trophy to St James next season"

So it would seem (and obviously this is only one side of the discussion) that our cost-cutting drive continues at the expense of one of our best players last season, and ASBO's days on Tyneside look numbered.

Of course, this could just be the latest agent-driven negotiating tactic in the ongoing contract discussion. It's difficult not to be a bit cynical when the timing of the player's account is so closely linked with the press statements regarding the contractual impasse.

Elsewhere on Twitter, our young guns are well represented with Sammy Ameobi (@Sammy_Ameobi), Kazenga LuaLua (@KazLuaLua), Shane Ferguson (@shane_fergie) and Ole Soderberg (@Oliinho) joining ASBO, Danny Simpson (@dannysimpson12), Dan Gosling (@dangosling15), Nile Ranger @NilePowerRanger) and Spidermag (@elgalgojonas) in telling the world where they are and what they had for tea.

Of course, if you want tweets that are less about Nandos and more about the football, you can also follow @blackwhiterao  #shamelessplug

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