Alan Pardew expects Joey Barton to be at Newcastle United next season after revealing he had been resigned to the fact the midfielder would not be signing a new contract.
Barton's agent Willie McKay told skysports.com earlier this week that the 28-year-old would be leaving the Magpies on a free transfer when his current deal expires in 2012.
Newcastle boss Pardew had previously been hopeful that the former Manchester City midfielder would extend his stay at St James' Park.
However, after pointing out previous 'history' between Barton and the board, Pardew feared the England cap would not be extending his contract.
Pardew said: "I spoke to Joey on the last day [of the season] and I think we were both resigned that this contract was going to be a problem.
"Both of us are thinking next year we will be together and we will go on from there.
"Unless it changes over the summer and there's a bid in that the board, myself and Joey feel works for Joey, I think he will be here for the start of the season. The thing about contracts is, times change.
"I'm not upset about it. I was more upset when we thought we had agreed and there was a change of heart. I knew it would be a problem to come back from that.
"There was a lot of history between Joey and the board before I arrived. I just wanted to be honest with Joey and match him with clarity. That's what I have done.
"I've been open and up front with him - I made him the captain [in Kevin Nolan's absence].
"We decided the best way was probably to wait for the season to end. Joey pulled all the way through and he will pull next year, even if he's in his last year; I know he will."