JOEY Barton has called a truce in his war of words with Newcastle United.
The combative midfielder has been engaging in a one-man crusade against the club’s hierarchy since he joined the social networking site Twitter at the end of last season.
This week it ramped up another notch with comments on a podcast for fans of his new club, Queens Park Rangers. The 29-year-old criticised Newcastle’s treatment of himself, other senior players, and former manager Chris Hughton, and alleged they tried to break Football Association rules by demanding he accept a pay cut or be sacked during his 2008 imprisonment.
The news the Magpies’ lawyers were looking into his comments only prompted more unpleasant abuse for owner Mike Ashley and managing director Derek Llambias via Twitter.
But manager Alan Pardew’s public appeal for Barton to stop criticising his former employers appears to have had the desired effect.
“Pardew’s a good man and manager, I agree with what he has said. Time to keep my peace,” Barton tweeted yesterday.
Pardew’s main complaint was that Barton’s comments were detracting from a fantastic start to the new season by his former team-mates.
Newcastle have lost just twice this season – to Premier League leaders Manchester City, and in extra-time of a League Cup tie – and go into today’s game at home to Chelsea above the Londoners, sat in the Champions League places.
Barton played twice for Newcastle this season before moving to QPR on a free transfer.