No Barton panic for Pardew

Talks over a new deal have broken down with Barton entering the

final year of his contract on Tyneside. Barton admits he is likely

to see out his contract and leave Newcastle on a free transfer next

summer. Pardew is relaxed about the contract wrangle and is happy

to allow the midfielder to run out his deal. “I have spoken to Joey

over the summer. Unfortunately at the moment there is no new

contract for him,” Pardew told the Evening Chronicle. “He has a

year remaining and I think he will stay for that year. “My view of

it is quite open-ended. “I think, like a lot of players, that

yearly term contracts in the Premier League are going to be the

norm. “But who is to say that in a year’s time that Joey gets a

contract that he finds acceptable?” Pardew is confident the

transfer speculation will not affect Barton’s form if he does end

up staying at Newcastle. “I am hoping he will play better than last

year, I don’t see why he shouldn’t,” added the Magpies boss. “He

really had a fantastic season last year.”