JOSE ENRIQUE has been hit by a fine in the region of £100,000 and blasted by Toon owner Mike Ashley following his Twitter outburst.
The Spaniard – still in the squad for tonight’s game with Columbus Crew – was summoned to a heart-to-heart meeting with Alan Pardew at the team’s base in the city centre of Columbus. The manager told him he was not helping either the team or himself after his Twitter comments, in which Enrique criticised the club’s transfer policy.
The Journal understands Newcastle already have the wheels in motion for a new left-back – with England international Wayne Bridge, out of favour Aston Villa defender Stephen Warnock and Alan Pardew’s former left-back at Reading Nicky Shorey all potential replacements.
None of the three match the Newcastle blueprint of “buy young and nurture” – but the left-back slot is a key area for the Magpies.
If Enrique goes, Shane Ferguson lacks experience. Pardew told The Journal last night: “Jose was wrong to put those comments up. I suggested that to him.
“It is a good offer which we have given him and maybe the frustration of the situation got the better of him.
“I want him to stay, he is a good lad but this did not reflect well on him. It was a mistake, he knows it and so do I.”
Newcastle will be meeting with all Premier League clubs at a communications conference to discuss the use of social media and how it should be used best.
Pardew also revealed he is concerned by the modern footballer’s use of Twitter and feels such networking tools need to be looked at.
He said: “I think Twitter is very dangerous. You can say things when emotionally when it is probably not the best time to try and express your feelings. That does not reflect well on people. A lot of players will be embarrassed by some of the stuff they put on there.
“I am not against free speech and am all for people expressing themselves.
“They just have to be very careful.”
Meanwhile, United take on Columbus Crew in their final US tour game tonight with Steve Harper set to start in goal at the Crew Stadium, but Ryan Taylor is ruled out of the clash against the MLS side.
Taylor hurt his groin on the plastic pitch in Orlando and misses out on the game.
Cheick Tiote is also a doubt for the friendly clash with a minor problem.