Read his views throughout the summer.
Joey Barton has been told that he can go for free from Newcastle United. After both Joey and his agent got over the initial shock then I'm sure they had a chat and realised that this was good for them both.
Joey has one year left on his contract and won't be going anywhere until a suitable pay off deal is negotiated. He has the option to just sit there and pick up all his money but I think he will want to play after the season he has just had.
Joey is in the driving seat. He has an incredible season last season and is back to the player that we all know he is. His assists last season helped Andy Carroll seal his move to Liverpool.
Thumbs up: Joey knows he will have plenty of offers to consider
So he has a little rant on Twitter now and again, I don't think he's ever lied. If the club had been good to him then he wouldn't have anything to say.
He will undoubtedly have a lot of offers; the player and his agent can go through them all and get the best deal for Joey.
Long shot: The Reading striker is in Newcastle's sights
I am sure Joey will be upset with the lack of respect after giving the club so much but he will get past this. To him, I feel, the fans are the most important thing.
Newcastle are slowly running short of top players and have been looking for that talisman centre forward to fill the No 9 shirt. Recently a bid has gone in for Shane Long from Reading.
I rate Shane very highly and he has grown considerably under Brian McDermott's wing but will he be the one to fill the No 9. He's a very humble, down to earth lad and I'm sure he would do well for them but it's a hard place to go with all that pressure on you. It would be good to see him go there alongside someone a bit more experienced to help him out.
Barry McIntosh has had a go at Newcastle after they apparently approached Tranquillo Barnetta offering him less money than he is on now at Bayer Leverkusen. Newcastle are a huge club in stature but are probably not where they used to be in the eyes of players from abroad.
There may have been a time in the past where players would take a cut to come to Newcastle but I don't feel that this is the case at this juncture. I hope that Newcastle can improve and in a few years down the line then perhaps big players may take a different view again.
Leicester leading the way It seems that Leicester are in for Shane Long also. The squad that they are developing under Sven is incredible. Different from the all the loans they brought in last season.
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Mills, Johnson, Peltier, Nugent, Konschesky, Paintsil, St Ledger and Danns. These are experienced players that have come in on permanent deals and have bought into what Sven and Leicester are trying to do.
I really hope that players like Jeffrey Schlupp don't get pushed to the side as he is a young player that, with games, is going to be something special. He showed glimpses of what he is capable of last season on loan at Brentford, scoring six goals in six games. I'm sure there are clubs monitoring his situation in case he becomes available on loan again.
Vadillo's the Real deal Real Betis ended up playing Havant & Waterlooville last weekend after Portsmouth couldn't play due to their flight being cancelled back from America, through no fault of their own.
I went to the game and there was a real element of excitement in the air at the hosting club. It ended up being 7-0 to Real Betis but was a good game, played in high spirits and a sense of occasion for the Conference South team. The pitch was very good and the stadium is in good shape.
Enlarge Betis will have a good season in La Liga; they had some top players on show. Ruben Castro carried on from his 27 goals in 42 games last season for Betis. He is a fantastic player who surprisingly has never left Spain.
A young player caught my eye, only 16 years old, called Alvaro Vadillo. He played for Real Betis B last season and reminds me a little of Cristiano Ronaldo. I will be watching him this season with great interest.
They are still to play Newport County, Neath and ending in a game against Swansea on Saturday. The Swansea game will be a good game to go and watch.
Turkish delight Star client, Kamil Ahmet Corekci (Tevfik when playing in the UK), was released from Millwall at 18 for not being in the first team plans, or perhaps 'four inches too small' as Mike Calvin's book on the team suggests.
Fast forward one year and after moving to the Turkish Premier league club Bucaspor and establishing himself in the first team there, he has just enjoyed reaching the UEFA Euro Under 19's final group stage, where after a man of the match performance versus Spain (who later won the tournament), he was named in UEFAs '10 players to watch'.
Thriving: Kamil has caught the attention of a number of Europe's elite clubs
A technically gifted 5ft 8ins midfielder and right back his future looks very bright, it is just a shame he had to leave England to realise his potential, something that a lot of young English players should take on board.
Going away to play game in a different league has its advantages as top clubs from England, Spain and Turkey are now looking at Kamil after being let go by Millwall twelve months ago. A year is a long time in football!
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