Joey Loves Football and Sam Loves Joey

Sam Allardyce has been singing the praises of Joey Barton today. Sam just loves Joey’s great enthusiasm for both the game and the club, even when he’s been out injured these past 10 weeks or so with his metatarsal injury.

That’s one reason Sam wanted him at Newcastle, because of his infectious enthusiasm and leadership, not to mention he’s a great midfielder who we feel will be pushing for an England place once he gets going for Newcastle.

Let’s take a look at the praise Joey has been getting from both his boss and reserve team coach Lee Clark.


Joey Barton – full of enthusiasm for both football and Newcastle United

This is what the big man said about Joey today:

“Joey just loves football and since he signed here, despite him being injured, he hasn’t missed a game.” “

He’s been on the bus and with the lads every game.” “He is popular with the lads here, and he is great at mixing with people.”

Barton continued his comeback against Rangers today in a specially-arranged match. He came through the game in style playing the full 90 minutes. So in the last 8 days Barton’s played 45 minutes and 60 minutes for the Reserves at Everton and home to Wigan, and now 90 minutes in a friendly game. Hopefully Joey is getting back to match fitness very very quickly. Wonder if he’ll start against Tottenham?

Newcastle reserve-team manager Lee Clark also added how important Joey has been to the youngsters at the club while he’s been on reserve team duty:

“Joey has been a great example for the young players.” “You always want senior players to show how it should be done, and he has done that.”

“His attitude to the younger lads has been terrific and I couldn’t have asked any more from Joey in the last couple of games.”

Joey certainly seems to be setting the place alight and getting lots of good publicity for all the right reasons. If he can finally take control of his anger, and cut that out of his repertoire completely, this boy can eventually become a great captain of the club – we’re that keen on the lad. And he’s in great hands with Big Sam – that’s for sure.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Soren

    Oct 10, 2007 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #1

    He will be so great for Newcastle. Can’t wait to see him in action. Good example not only for the youngsters but the whole team, as his team spirit and willingness to go over the top for the club is just excellent.
    Great player – great future

  • Lull

    Oct 10, 2007 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #2

    Joey Barton, despite of media critics had change his name to ‘Geordie Barton’ 😀

  • Bill F

    Oct 10, 2007 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #3

    I reckon he will start on the bench and play about 30 minutes in in second half if the score is right. Talk about foreplay we have had it all this season now looking forward to the climax.

  • hadrian

    Oct 10, 2007 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #4

    mark doninger’s name seems to crop up in all the reserve match reports alot lately , wonder how long it is till we will be seeing more of him ?

  • Lamesley Mag

    Oct 10, 2007 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #5

    Like others, can’t wait to see Barton make his PL bow for Newcastle, hopefully against Spurs……

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 10, 2007 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Howay Barton, lets see what y’made of!..
    …I wonder wheather he really was injured, or just being primed by uncle Sam?..& kept outta the lime-light ’til his court case was ajourned?..
    …Or a bit’a both!?!..
    …Anyway, give us a goal joey!..
    …Howay the Lads!..

  • leo

    Oct 10, 2007 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #7

    told you all the other day that joey was good for the youngsters, he always makes sure the lads keep their chins up during training, and hopefully during matches also.

    on another note my toe is fkn killin me, went into a tackle bad 2nite and its bruised a bit, wont be stopping me playing tommorow though. never does haha

  • Tripp

    Oct 11, 2007 at 2:24 AM

    Comment #8

    What’s the status of Barton’s legal “issue”? What’s the worst he could get?

  • Callum

    Oct 11, 2007 at 6:04 AM

    Comment #9

    Tripp – 5 years in prison is the worst he can get.

  • Craig Allen

    Oct 11, 2007 at 6:38 AM

    Comment #10

    I see Joey assists in yesterdays game against Rangers – played full 90 mins. We lost 3-1 according to official site.

  • ChrisL

    Oct 12, 2007 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #11

    Apparently Dyer also used to go to all the matches even when injured, go on scouting missions & set a professional example to the youngsters.


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