Premier League - Agent: Barton decision 'suicidal'

Tue, 02 Aug 09:20:00 2011

Joey Barton's agent has described Newcastle United's decision to allow the midfielder to leave the club on a free as "suicidal".

Premier League - Barton decision 'suicidal'

Newcastle took the unexpected decision on Monday, seemingly in response to a series of critical comments made by the player about the club's hierarchy on Twitter.

It has been reported that Barton, 28, also became involved in a row with manager Alan Pardew following a friendly defeat to Leeds United at the weekend, convincing the club to cut their losses on the controversial figure.

Aston Villa, Tottenham and Arsenal have all been linked with the midfielder and his agent, Willie McKay, expects plenty of interest in a player who performed impressively last season.

Speaking to talkSPORT, McKay said said: "I think it's a wee bit suicidal by Newcastle because how would you let your player of the year leave on a free transfer, approaching his prime?

"There will be a lot of takers. Joey would hope to go to a top club and in actual fact a couple of top clubs have been in contact already.

"There won't be a problem finding Joey a home."

Barton revealed on Twitter on Tuesday morning that he had been told to train alone.

He tweeted: "Made to train alone today, how predictable......."


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