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Barton agent insists on Newcastle stay

The agent of Joey Barton insists he doesn't want to leave Newcastle United.

The Guardian says Alan Shearer has made it clear to Mike Ashley that if he is to become the relegated club's manager full-time, Barton's presence cannot be tolerated and there will be no place for him in his squad.

Newcastle's owner is in full agreement and hopes Barton's £64,000-a-week wages will shortly be removed from the payroll, but Willie McKay suggested that Barton is in no hurry to be moved on and may dig his heels in.

"Joey has three years left on his contract at Newcastle," said McKay. "He doesn't want to leave."

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