Ba came on as a second-half substitute and scored twice in the 2-2 draw at
Everton on Monday night before admitting in his post-match interview that he
had “not been happy” with some of the things going on behind the scenes at
That had already irritated the Newcastle hierarchy as they felt Ba’s prickly attitude was unnecessary given the team had just secured a battling point thanks to his two goals and the situation has been worsened by the behaviour of his agent.
Ba’s representative, Alex Gontran, claimed his client “doesn’t understand” Pardew and insisted they will “look at other solutions” if he remains a substitute.
Gontran also dragged up ill-feeling from last season when he accused the Newcastle boss of failing to recognise Ba’s contribution to the side by asking him to play on the left of a 4-3-3 formation to accommodate new arrival Papiss Demba Cisse through the middle.
That has angered Pardew and managing director Derek Llambias, who are well aware Ba was being offered to clubs across Europe over the summer in an effort to get someone to activate a £7m release clause in his contract and offer him more than the £50,000-a-week he earns on Tyneside.
Ba has since tried to rubbish any suggestion he was looking to leave the club, although the latest comments from Gontran have thrown his future into doubt once more.
"Since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations [in January], Demba doesn't understand the management," said Gontran. “If he continues to be a substitute all season, we'll look at other solutions."
"Demba is happy at Newcastle. He is playing in the Premier League, with lot of fellow French speakers and he loves the club's supporters.
“He would like to start every game but he respects the choice of the coach, even if he does not always understand or agree."
Ba scored 15 goals in 19 Premier League games prior to the Africa Cup of Nations, but scored just once following the arrival of his Senegal teammate Cisse and Gontran revealed there had been growing tension, despite Newcastle finishing fifth in the Premier League.
"How could you put your best striker with full confidence on the left wing?" added Gontran. “The choice to put Demba on the left last season was good for the club, because Cisse scored 13 goals.
"But there was a lack of recognition for Demba. It is more difficult to play well when you don't have the confidence of your staff."
Newcastle have refused to comment publicly on the row, but Telegraph Sport understands Pardew has spoken to Ba about his post-match interview at Goodison Park and is also extremely unhappy his agent has decided to pour petrol on the flames.
Pardew, who was labelled “crazy” not to start Ba by the player’s brother on Monday night, has been hinting at some player unrest for several weeks and he had not been satisfied with the contributions from either Ba or Cisse before the trip to Everton.
However, his decision to drop Ba appeared to have got the desired response from the former West Ham forward, whose brace on Merseyside means he has scored three goals in five appearances this season.
However, the tension between the two has been reignited by Gontran’s decision to air their grievances in public
Speaking immediately after the 2-2 draw against Everton, Pardew said: “I can’t keep everyone in the squad happy; there are one or two who aren’t happy. Sometimes players play better when they’re angry.”