Judgement day for Chopra
By Rob Haley
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Barnsley striker Michael Chopra may have his loan spell extended.Barnsley striker Michael Chopra may have his loan spell from Newcastle United extended.
The 20-year-old has been on loan for two months but the spell expires after this Saturday's game at Oakwell Stadium against Swindon Town.
"Graeme (Souness) has agreed in principal for Michael to stay," Barnsley boss Paul Hart told the club's official website.
"The question is will he want to after the treatment he has been given.
"I'm sure he'll have other options."
Chopra has been the victim of much abuse since joining the club.
He was even jeered after scoring against Doncaster Rovers on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Hart has expressed his concern regarding a challenge that happened in that match.
Barnsley midfielder Stephen McPhail has been ruled out for eight weeks with knee ligament damage from John Doolan's controversial challenge.
"There is no place in the game for the thuggery we saw in the first three-and-a-half minutes on Wednesday night.
"It is up to the judgement of the people who run the game as to how to stop that.
"Great strides have been made by the referees' association in recent years."
Barnsley are presently struggling just one point shy of the relegation zone.
But, chairman Peter Risdale is confident in Hart's ability to turn things around at Oakwell.
"The supporters are frustrated and they have every right to let us know how they feel because they pay good money," reasoned Risdale in the official club website.
"But everyone at the club shares that frustration and I have a responsibility to get it right. We have to start winning.
"I see my role of a chairman as someone who supports the manager, that is something you must do in any business."