Newcastle United have confirmed that Joey Barton has been made available on a free transfer.
Relations between the club and the outspoken midfielder had already been strained following a breakdown of contract talks over the summer, with Barton taking to Twitter to air his frustrations.
The 28-year-old did so again following Sunday's friendly defeat at Leeds, hinting at widespread dressing-room discontent towards the Newcastle hierarchy, before saying he would make an announcement on his future at 4pm on Monday.
But the club pre-empted whatever Barton was going to say by announcing he is able to leave St James' Park a year out from the end of his contract.
Some of the "offending" tweets included these:
If only we as players could tell the fans exactly how it is, without them above fining us lots of money. There will be a time and a place.
And again it would be left to those magnificent fans to pick up the remnants of their once great football club. #hadenoughofcertainpeople
If I wanted to leave, I'd just come out and say "I want to leave" Things need addressing as am not prepared to go through a relegation again
And he's at it again today.
One day the board might realise, what the shirt signifies. HONOUR and PRIDE. Thanks for your continued support........... #toonarmy
So... where will he end up? Liverpool is the obvious answer as they're collecting every English midfielder they can get their hands on. [To that point, do you think they're regretting the &poind;24 they've spent on Henderson and Adam?]
But seriously, what club couldn't use his talents? But what club will take the chance on him after his washing out with Manchester City and now Newcastle United?
Who are we kidding. Barton on a free? ANY club would take a chance. It's not even a question of who has money to spend! This is going to get silly, quickly!