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Joey Barton So Positive About Newcastle Future

1:20 pm, Friday, September 14th, 2007 by Ed Harrison · 15 Comments

Since Joey Barton has arrived at Newcastle he has always come across as very positive and seemingly a good team player.

Yes, we know he’s got a history of flying off the handle which he must control at Newcastle, otherwise he will not have a career here, but giving Joey a chance on Tyne-side is important.

Joey talked to www.nufc.co.uk this morning and we’ll take a look at what Joey said.

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Joey Barton – comes across as very positive about Newcastle United

Joey told the official Newcastle United Site this morning:

“I’ve been injured which is frustrating but I’m really enjoying life here,” “There’s a great team spirit and camaraderie between the lads.”

“Everyone gets on really well and that bodes well for when you have to tough it out in certain games and we are ready for that.” “This camp is united and we will push forward as one.”

Joey feels that the most important thing Newcastle have to do is make St James’ Park a fortress again and we’ve made a reasonable start. We’ve got 4 points from our first two home league games and a win against Barsnley in the Carling Cup. In those 3 home games we still have to concede a goal.

Joey went on:

“The main thing for us is to make St.James’ Park a fortress,” “We have to make it hard for teams to come here.”

“And, if we can nick a few results on the road, then who knows where we will end up come the end of the season.”

We still have to see a number of our new players this season in the league including Barton, Jose Enrique, Abdoulaye Faye and Habib Beye. Joey Barton believes with so many players still to return, there will be real competition for starting places among the squad.

Joey added:

“We’ll have to force our way into the team and create good competition.”

“Then you will be able to move forward as a football club and it’s only good for the team.”

It’s really good to have competition in the squad which we haven’t had for far too long. We don’t know what the first choice eleven will be when Sam finally has a full squad to choose from, until we’ve seen all our players in action.

Comments always welcome.



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15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 dragoner // Sep 14, 2007 at 1:39 PM

    the fact that he sees potential in our squad is a true compliment as we all know Barton is very outspoken and truthful

  • 2 jason // Sep 14, 2007 at 1:47 PM

    I think Barton is a class act and can’t wait to see him back to full fitness.
    Would have been great if Dyer was still here and Barton could stab cigars in his eyes on a regular basis.
    Think Barton has a great attitude-hopefully Sam can tame his off field antics and get him focused on the park..he has amazing potential and I can’t think of a better manager it the premiership to get him on track and realise this.

  • 3 Toon Chicken // Sep 14, 2007 at 1:49 PM

    The Jury’s still out on this one for me – so to speak.

    He’s a good footballer but we can certainly do without all the crap that comes with him. So long as he leaves his scally mates behind on Merseyside and get’s his head down in the toon I think he’ll be all right.

  • 4 Toon Chicken // Sep 14, 2007 at 1:51 PM

    jason – in what way can a man who was accused of beating the living shit out of his own teammate be described as having a “good attitude”.

  • 5 TOON NUTTER // Sep 14, 2007 at 2:13 PM

    Toon Chicken.

    As this has not got to court yet. Barton states that the french bloke hit him, so lets see what happens at court.

    Could Barton not be sent down for this, he has a good criminal record I dont know about good attitude like you say.

    Lets see what happens. He will be given a chance like we have given many before him , if he fcuks up the same door he came in will be beside the window he is throwing out of.

    But lets all laugh at Derby, If Liverpool can get 6, how many can we get lets talk result, anyone have any ideas.

  • 6 Nufc1000 // Sep 14, 2007 at 2:15 PM

    Toon Chicken – Totally agree with you.

    His past history is terrible, even from the standards of modern day footballers. He certainly comes with a large amount of baggage and a poor reputation (off the field anyway)

    He starts at St James’ with a clean slate, just like anybody else would. If he stays out of trouble then I think he could be a massive hit at Newcastle. But for me, the Jury is well and truly out. I do hope he proves me wrong though!

  • 7 ChrisL // Sep 14, 2007 at 3:46 PM

    “If Liverpool can get 6″…. I’ll be happy with one more then Derby score. 1-0 will be just fine by me.

  • 8 SW // Sep 14, 2007 at 3:53 PM

    Big Sam can hopefully temper his penchant for fisticuffs, and hopefully he can channel that aggression into some productive energy for Joey. He has talent and passion, it just needs to be shaped accordingly.

    Sam is the man for this. Keep the faith!

  • 9 t-g-w // Sep 14, 2007 at 4:46 PM

    If Liverpool can score 6, we’ll probably score 2. Derby will be wanting to bounce back from an embarrassing defeat like that so will make it tough for us. i am confident that we will win, but expecting a huge score against them is 1, not going to happen, and 2, exactly the kind of hype before a game that is NOT needed from Newcastle supporters. yes, the team is doing extremely well at the moment, but if we expect them to beat everyone 8 or 9 nil then the team feel low if they win just 1 – 0. The 3 points is the main thing.

  • 10 Rich // Sep 14, 2007 at 5:13 PM

    Anyone think the fact that Northern Rock are going down the pan due to the collapse of the US econonomy (which i have been warning Ed of for a while on here) will effect us?

    did they pay us upfornt for sponsorship?

    worrying times if you have a big mortgage!! soon they will start recalling the loans and alot of people will be screwed not just Northern Rock customers.

  • 11 Graeme // Sep 14, 2007 at 6:26 PM

    Rich, Nothern Rock has been given an UNLIMITED credit facility by the Bank of England ffs. The chances of them going down the pan are almost zero. They will not be recalling loans, it doesnt help them in the slightest, nor can they afford to upset their customers by hiking the rates or they will just move elsewhere.

    Best advice is to sit tight. If you have over £30k in savings, you could get a better deal elsewhere, but other than that, its business as usual.

    Newcastle to beat Derby 2-0 with Owen and Martins both scoring!!!!!!

  • 12 Rich // Sep 14, 2007 at 6:55 PM

    Greame, if you think this is as bad as it gets then you dont know economics.

    this is only the begining.

    The elite are destroying the US econoomy by design and its going to effect our economy, infact the worlds.

    I dont know if you know but the only reason the US economy is still breathing at the moment is because the world has pumped in around 600 billion pounds over the past month and a half to cover the defecit.

    Thats like plugging a hole inn your sinking ship with bluetac, i guarantee you things are going to get much much worse over the long term..why do you think all moajor companies are selling assets and moving out of the US? its so when the economy does finally collapse they can move back in and buy everything for a fraction of the price.

    my advice is invest in precious metals, they are the only thing that cant really be devalued by the global banks.

    And globally banks will start recalling loans within the next 5-10 years, unless you have a really good long term mortgage with the bank you might be safe, other than that your gonna get a note through your door advising to pay up or face forclosure.

    so invest in precious metals, wait for the bubble to burst then buy up all the cheap property that will be on the market in the next 10 years, thats the best advice, not to sit tight.

    do some homework mate.

  • 13 Rich // Sep 14, 2007 at 6:58 PM

    Oh and Greame, if you knew history you would know what is happening is exactly what happened in germany in the 1930′s.

    they just printed money to try and stablise the economy exactly what we are doing and before the start of WWII 72 Billion marks where equivalent to 1 dollar.

    its called stag-flation.

  • 14 Jon // Sep 15, 2007 at 10:33 AM

    Rich if you really new your economics then you’d know stagflation refers to both a situation where there is both high unemployment and high inflation. The world banking system is not about to collapse just because the US has persuaded the rest of the world to fund its trade deficit for years. The elite are not as you put it “destroying the US economy by design”. Why would they? They do very well out of it thank you very much.
    There are probably some economic problems ahead (especially when the rest of the world decides they no longer will fund US consumption) but you seem to want to scare people about it to make yourself look clever.
    Its a Newcastle board so lets stick to the subject.
    For what its worth, I think Barton will come good but I am still worried about his temper…

  • 15 Ed Harrison // Sep 15, 2007 at 10:50 AM

    Jon – it’s going to be really interesting with Barton – Sam has obviously picked up a bargain but he will give Joey very little tolerance with his negative tendencies. He had better get some counseling or whatever – it’s not only good for him in football – but good for him overall. He can be a great player and has his best chance under Big Sam.




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