Barton reveals reason for Newcastle exit

QPR midfielder Joey Barton has revealed that he left Newcastle in the summer over a row between the club and players over bonuses.

The controversial battler was forced out of the Tyneside outfit after one too many rants on Twitter, and has stated that the powers that be in the North East felt he was having a detrimental effect on the squad.

“Newcastle, as a playing squad, were the only club in Premier League history not to sign a bonus sheet. It was unprecedented,” he told QPR podcast Open All R’s.

“We refused as a playing staff (to sign) as they tried to railroad the players into signing a bonus sheet.

“In their opinion we were paid workforce. They thought we were Sports Direct and we should do what the subordinates at Sports Direct do, forgetting they were dealing with 20-odd egos, probably 10 self-sufficient men in a position to make a number of different judgements.

“Myself and the bigger name players at the time advised the playing staff because we were head of the playing committee not to sign the bonus sheet and that filtered back to boardroom level.

“It’s no coincidence that I was given away,” he stated.

Despite Barton’s acrimonious exit, he has praised the high-flying team and manager Alan Pardew.

“They are running the football club and it’s going really well for them at the minute but that’s more a testament to the players and the fans, and also the manager. The manager has been different class,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight