Barton may stay at Newcastle
Joey Barton went from quoting George Orwell to George Washington as he hinted he was prepared to remain at Newcastle despite not being wanted by the club.
The controversial midfielder has been told he can leave St James' Park on a free transfer after the breakdown in talks over a new deal, but the 28-year-old, who on Tuesday claimed he had been fined two weeks' wages, has suggested in another Twitter post he will not be pushed out against his will.
"Just because ur (sic) told to jump, it does not necessarily mean u have to. I may choose to stand perfectly still. It's my right...just a thought," Barton, who has a year to run on his contract, said.
Barton then returned to the social networking site to quote Washington, the first President of the United States, in another thinly-veiled attack on the Magpies.
"Quote of the day: If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. George Washington," he tweeted.
Barton on Tuesday revealed he had been made to train alone. Despite his troubled past, which includes a 2008 prison sentence for actual bodily harm and affray, Barton is understood to be a wanted man and has been linked with Arsenal, Tottenham, Aston Villa and Everton, the latter of which would mean a return to his Merseyside roots.
Barton's twitter feed has proved intriguing reading of late.
On Tuesday he took to quoting Orwell when he wrote: "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act."
His dissension appears to have been the final straw for Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and manager Alan Pardew, who are now prepared to let leave for nothing a player who cost the club almost £6 million and is in the prime of his career.
Barton's agent Willie McKay has said there "won't be a problem finding Joey a home" should he choose to leave.