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Is Time Up for Joey?

Reports in todays newspapers suggest that City could listen to offers for Joey Barton if he fails to commit himself to the club in the next month.

This may of course be more unfounded speculation, but should City be taking a tough line on players who don't seem to be entirely sure if they want to play for the club?

Although a lot of the focus has been on Joey's reluctance to put pen to paper, City have the same issue with Distin who is also waivering about signing a new deal, and he has been linked with a move back to his native France.

Pearce's frustration seems to be growing at the senior players who do not seem to share his passion and commitment for the club, and he has let it be known he is not impressed.

Personally, I'm getting fed up with contract issues dominating the news, not just at City, but within the game generally, and I would love to see clubs take a hard line against players and their agents.

It's quite simple really, if you don't want to play for the club and give 110% and you'd rather be somewhere else, then move on quickly and we'll get players who do.

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Date:Saturday March 18 2006

Time: 8:07AM

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Do you really want Bangkok Barton in your squad....maybe he should team up with Lee Bowyer, or maybe that's a bit harsh.
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18/03/2006 15:07:00

Rather simplistic view. The issue is about money and success, not playing for XYZ club. Barton thinks he's worth more, City haven't really done anything but tweak their initial offer which was rejected,so I don't see why SP expects JB to sign now. As for Distin, he's 28, and his next move will dictate if he is ever going to win anything in his career, and he's good enough to play in a better team. I don't have problem with his personal ambition. As for giving 110% to the club, if SP does take on a role with the England set-up, which he won't publicly decline, he certainly won't be able to give his total time and commitment to City - why should we expect players to not show the same personal ambition rather than sacrifice it for a club that hasn't won anything in 30 years? I can certainlty see the dilemma - especially as the person calling for your club loyalty maybe setting up his own career move up the ladder bringing uncertainty because of management changes sometime in the future before your contract expires?
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18/03/2006 18:57:00

srexr must be Joey's agent in disguise - make no mistake, this is about money - it is that simple! Not sure what sort of fan this guy is, but obviously not a Blue!
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18/03/2006 22:16:00

I'd let him go as his attitude stinks .
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19/03/2006 09:52:00

Facts are facts. From their performances I think both Barton and Distin have given their all for the club on the pitch, unlike some other senior pros. Thats what should be expected. But the money side is a different part of the game. Would you rather be paying 26K a week for players like Reyna who is crocked all the time, or a bit more for Barton, who turns out week in week out. Football is big business and big money now - the days of players being committed to one club through loyalty have been over for a decade, so there's no point in living in the past. SP maybe a throw back to the good old days, but if he expects all his players to be the same he's going to be very disappointed. We need a bit of realism here!
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19/03/2006 16:36:00


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