But following a two-hour meeting with Toon officials yesterday, the midfielder was told he DOES have a future on Tyneside after all.
Barton said: "The meeting went fine. I can't say too much."
Calls from Newcastle to terminate his contract will be ignored and Barton indicated he wants to be part of Shearer's revolution next season.
Barton looked to be heading for the exit door but following his meeting with chairman Derek Llambias and secretary Lee Charnley, a source close to the player added: "The Newcastle people are fair people and gave Joey a good hearing. He has said sorry and he likes the club."
PFA chief Gordon Taylor confirmed: "There has been a meeting and the club has taken disciplinary action."