Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias has hit back at Joey Barton after the former Magpies player claimed his departure from the Tyneside was due to a bonus dispute.
Barton joined QPR in August after being placed on the transfer list by Newcastle following a Twitter rant in which he criticised the club's board. It was reported on Tuesday that Barton went a step further by alleging he and other big-name players had been forced out of the Tyneside club after refusing to agree to a bonus proposal.
Three days after the death of former Magpies midfielder Gary Speed, Llambias blasted the timing of Barton's comments, and said in a statement: "In a week when one of Newcastle United's most beloved footballers passed away, it is disappointing that once again Joey Barton makes the headlines."
Copyright (c) PA Sport 2011, All Rights Reserved.News Now - Sport News