As the contract saga at Newcastle with Joey Barton continues, Alan Pardew says the issue has been long standing at St James’ Park, with no solution in sight for the time being.
“I spoke to Joey on the last day [of the season] and I think we were both resigned that this contract was going to be a problem,” Pardew admitted to the Journal.
“Both of us are thinking next year we will be together and we will go on from there.
“Unless it changes over the summer and there's a bid in that the board, myself and Joey feel works for Joey, I think he will be here for the start of the season.”
Pardew insists that just because Barton hasn’t signed a contract with Newscastle now, doesn’t mean circumstances won’t change in the future, though Pardew admitted to being disappointed a deal hadn’t been agreed to yet.
“The thing about contracts is, times change. I'm not upset about it.
"I was more upset when we thought we had agreed and there was a change of heart. I knew it would be a problem to come back from that.”
Pardew became Newcastle manager mid season after the shock exit of Chris Hughton, and the 49-year-old admits to not fully understanding the controversial star’s relationship with the Newcastle management.
“There was a lot of history between Joey and the board before I arrived. I just wanted to be honest with Joey and match him with clarity. That's what I have done,” Pardew said.
“I've been open and up front with him - I made him the captain [in Kevin Nolan's absence]. We decided the best way was probably to wait for the season to end.
“Joey pulled all the way through and he will pull next year, even if he's in his last year; I know he will.”
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