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Newcastle boss Pardew not bothered by Barton spend big demands

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew isn't bothered about Joey Barton's "spend big" demands last week.

Barton told reporters United "needed" to spend money before warning: "If you pay peanuts you get monkeys".

"I felt sorry for Joey that his quotes became the story but perhaps that happened because we won and there was not really a big story there," Pardew told the Sunday Sun.

"But I'm not bothered about Joey expressing his opinion, even though it is not one that I actually agree with.

"I signed Nicky Shorey for £10,000 from Leyton Orient when I was at Reading and he went on to be an England international.

"And we (Crystal Palace) signed Ian Wright from Dulwich Hamlet for nothing.

"So I don't agree, but Joey has his opinion - that is what the game is about."

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