Sam – You Can’t Take The Devil Out of Joey

Joey Barton has been out injured since late July, but that has not stopped him from attending first team games and reserve team games.

It seems that Joey sees his move to Newcastle as a fantastic career move, and he just cannot wait to get back playing.

The fact he has been out injured close to 3 months hasn’t helped Joey, but it looks like his long wait to play again, is just about over.


Sam Allardyce – you can’t take the devil out of Joey too much

Manager Sam Allardyce has been very impressed with Joey’s attitude and commitment. This is what Sam had to say yesterday:

“While being hugely frustrated, he has also been chirpy as hell,” “He has shown tremendous commitment, especially in his support for the rest of the team.”

“That builds a really good spirit, you only have to look at the England rugby team to see what that means.”

Of course, as we all know, Joey has had a history of anger tantrums, and he is currently awaiting trial for assault on one of his former Manchester City team mates. But Sam seems to think Barton is maturing quickly and that stuff is behind him. We hope so.

Sam continued:

“I think with every top player there is an area that can become slightly temperamental,” “Like every top actor, every very top player has standards at this level which affects them and, for whatever reason, they can lose control.”

“Occasionally, in his younger days, that is where there has been a problem.”“But I think he has taken a lot of advice and spoken to a lot of people about it and is moving along the right way in that area. You cannot take the devil out of top players too much.”

“ Sir Alex [Ferguson, the Manchester United manager] used to talk about Roy Keane in that way.” “He was just as volatile as Joey Barton, if not more. You are hoping, with years of maturity, he gets over that.”

We hope Joey has ended his bad ways, and we trust he is getting some counseling for his anger. He’s still very young and he can easily put his bad record behind him – if he seeks out the right treatment. Certainly money will not be a problem to Joey. We do expect Joey to play some part in our vital game against Tottenham on Monday evening. It’s great to have him back in the team again.

Comments very welcome.

10 comments so far

  • adam

    Oct 19, 2007 at 2:51 AM

    Comment #1

    im gutted robinson isnt playing for tottenham against us. he is by far the worst and most over rated goal keeper in the world and wouldv given us at least 2 goals. HE SUCKS!!! joey needs time like everyone else

  • Brisbane Mag

    Oct 19, 2007 at 4:12 AM

    Comment #2

    Hoping to see Joey make an apperance against Spurs at some stage as he’s a tremendous player and needs games to get match fit…..

  • Jinal

    Oct 19, 2007 at 5:13 AM

    Comment #3

    I just love Joey’s attitude! I think I’ll put his name on the back of my shirt

  • Hammy

    Oct 19, 2007 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #4

    Have been checking Joey’s stats.

    17 goals from 130 games for City

    15 assists

    averaged about 35 games a season from 2003

    wait for it guys………

    He received 39 bookings and three red cards during his time at Manchester City

    That could explain the game average being lowish……..some competition for smudger in the suspension department. Am really looking forward to seeing Barton in action, with his steel and guile in midfield and with the right players around him…….we’re gonna win the league!!!!!!!!!!

    He’ll be the toons answer to that scumbag Roy Keane.
    Barton is no scumbag though, (sorry if you are reading this Roy, you’ll never find out where I live, so I can call you whatever…)

    Hope to see Joey make his debut come Monday, think Sam may surprise us and put Joey in the starting 11.

    Can’t believe butter fingers isn’t playing… he injured or just highly embarrassed??

  • ssdd

    Oct 19, 2007 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #5

    hope that he will get back his form quickly

  • Roy Keane

    Oct 19, 2007 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #6


    I know where you live son, watch your back.

  • Nobby's dad

    Oct 19, 2007 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #7

    Cannot wait for Monday night!

    Night game, flood – lights, Geordies in full voice after a few Browns, big cheers for Owen to show the boos were not aimed at him and the biggest cheer when Joey puts Jenas up into level 7.

    Bring it on!!

  • Hadrian

    Oct 19, 2007 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #8

    does joey know this is newcastle united? were fine with him picking up a wage packet in the physio room for the rest of his carear , take it easy man you will make some of the rest of the squad look bad !!

    love the lads attitude , can see him becoming a bit of a legend at the toon .
    small steps first tho, hope he gets the start he’s put so much work aiming for against spurs

  • Hammy

    Oct 19, 2007 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Errrr, soz Roy mate…I was only joking…out of context and all that…

  • leo

    Oct 19, 2007 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #10

    it wasnt really roy keane you know…? haha


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