UK time is: 09:59:02
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

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.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The journalist

Writer:  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday March 18 2006

Time: 8:07AM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
Do you really want Bangkok Barton in your squad....maybe he should team up with Lee Bowyer, or maybe that's a bit harsh.
pompeygray
Report Abuse
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?
srexr
Report Abuse
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!
bluetone
Report Abuse
18/03/2006 22:16:00

I'd let him go as his attitude stinks .
JACK_THE_LAD
Report Abuse
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!
srexr
Report Abuse
19/03/2006 16:36:00

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Manchester City Articles

Audio - Pellegrini On Villa Win (Saturday April 25 2015)

The Manchester City Injury Table (Friday April 24 2015)

Clichy - We Must Finish Strongly (Thursday April 23 2015)

The Ped Report.. City 2-0 West Ham (Monday April 20 2015)

Archived Manchester City Articles

List All VMC Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Johnny Baguette 470
2. Skoorb 241
3. Bluedub 195
4. kennyclementstache 120
5. fifthcolumnblue 98
6. johnkelv 74
7. citizhun 67
8. OziMan 64
9. CITYBOY1000 61
10. Buzz Lightyear 58

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Chelsea 33 23 8 2 +39 77
2. Man City 34 20 7 7 +34 67
3. Arsenal 33 20 7 6 +31 67
4. Man Utd 34 19 8 7 +25 65
5. Liverpool 33 17 7 9 +11 58
6. Spurs 34 17 7 10 +6 58
7. Southampton 34 17 6 11 +21 57

Breaking League News

More From Pearson On Burnley Win
Leicester City : 27/04/2015 09:50:01
Prince Harry!
Spurs : 27/04/2015 09:35:00
Aston Villa Transfer Talk - One Link Is Half Decen
Aston Villa : 27/04/2015 09:33:00
N'Doye - Now We Can Kick On
Hull City : 27/04/2015 09:30:01
Guzan Gets Sherwood Backing
Aston Villa : 27/04/2015 09:09:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Aston Villa MotM
Suggested By:  Site Staff
Hart 0%
Zabaleta 25%
Demichelis 0%
Mangala 0%
Kolarov 25%
Y Toure 0%
Fernando 0%
Jesus Navas 0%
Lampard 0%
Silva 0%
Aguero 0%
Sub - Fernandinho 0%
Sub - Milner 25%
Sub - Bony 25%