Barton hints at Newcastle stay
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.
Barton, 28, has been told he can leave St James' Park on a free transfer after the breakdown in talks over a new deal.
The controversial midfielder, who has 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 was made to train alone and, 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.