Alan Pardew expected Joey Barton contract problems
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has admitted he knew there was going to be a problem with Joey Barton's contractual situation.
The 28-year-old's agent, Willie McKay, headed for Tyneside this week to resume negotiations which were put on hold in January, only to discover there was no longer a deal on the table.
As it stands, Barton will leave the club for free next summer, and that would come as a huge blow to a manager who had made his retention a key priority.
Pardew told the Journal: "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.
"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. 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.
"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.
"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."
Barton was understood to be close to agreeing a deal at the turn of the year, but Andy Carroll's departure for Liverpool prompted him to consider his options once again.
The former Manchester City midfielder has indicated that he will see out his existing deal even if the Magpies try to cash in on him this summer with Liverpool, Everton and Aston Villa among those clubs to have been linked with him to date.
Meanwhile, Pardew has revealed he has given a deadline to one of the strikers he is targeting this summer - understood to be Lorient's Kevin Gameiro - to make a decision.
Latest in Sport
Luis Suarez to Barcelona: Striker will be unveiled at the Nou Camp on Wednesday, according to reports in Spain
World Cup 2014: Neymar's agent launches scathing attack on Brazil's Luis Felipe Scolari, labelling him 'an old jerk, arrogant, repulsive, conceited and ridiculous'
Loic Remy to Arsenal? Gunners close in on move for QPR and France striker - reports
Angel di Maria: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal 'monitoring' Real Madrid star
World Cup 2014: The 50 best players of the World Cup
- 2 Question Time's 'passionate highlander' is the William Wallace of the Better Together campaign
- 3 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
- 5 The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
There’s a nasty smell in the political air – and it’s coming from the Tories