JOEY Barton thinks Tony Pulis is the logical choice to replace Alan Pardew as Newcastle United boss – but claims Mike Ashley will want to appoint someone ‘he can control’.
Former Magpie midfielder Barton played under Pardew at Newcastle, and says Crystal Palace will get a ‘very good manager’ should the 52-year-old decide to move to Selhurst Park.
Pardew is understood to be on the verge of joining Palace as their new manager after Newcastle reportedly accepted a compensation package for his services believed to be in excess of £2m.
Attention has quickly switched to who could replace him in the St James’s Park hotseat, with Pulis, Steve Bruce and Tim Sherwood among the early frontrunners.
Pulis, however, quit as Palace boss two days before the start of the season after a disgareement with chairman Steve Parrish over transfer policy, and Barton believes that could also be a hitch in the ex-Stoke City boss wanting the Toon job.
Barton tweeted: “Seems the inevitable is about to happen. Pardew to leave NUFC. Suits both parties. Think they will both realise what they have lost in time.
“Good appointment by Palace. Very good manager Pards. Knows the club inside out. Inherits a solid, genuine bunch of lads and has fans onside.
“Wouldn’t even be able to hazard a guess as to who Ashley will appoint at the Toon. You would think logically it must be Tony Pulis.
“But he will no doubt appoint somebody who he can control and that will accept transfers being out of their control. Pulis won’t have that.
“Steve Bruce. Tim Sherwood. Not sure they’d except transfer policy but you never know?”