Joey Barton has been rather critical of the behavior of the Newcastle fans over the last couple of home games, and Joey does not seem to hold back in saying that he expected the Newcastle United supporters to get behind the team.
But Joey says he hasnâ€™t seen that. In fact heâ€™s seen the exact opposite.
Joey Barton – disappointed at Newcastle fans
Letâ€™s see what Joey has been saying as he talked to the Times today:
â€œI came to the club expecting this famous crowd getting behind us, but Iâ€™ve yet to see that. Instead, itâ€™s been vicious,â€
The St. Jamesâ€™ Park crowd was seen on TV around the world last Saturday viciously taunting Big Sam from less than 7 yards away. Sam looked straight ahead, chewing on his gum. This hardly showed the best side of the St. Jamesâ€™ faithful.
Last Saturday was the fourth match in succession without a victory in a run that has been been completely blown out of proportion by both the media and the fans. But it seems that Barton has been shocked by the negativity coming from the stands, and feels the need to tackle the issue head on.
â€œI donâ€™t think Iâ€™ve heard a crowd this vicious,â€ â€œThere is a fear factor. During the Liverpool game Peter Crouch came up to me and said the same thing.”
“That shocked me. Our next home game is against Arsenal and if we go out there and are greeted with that sort of atmosphere weâ€™ll lose again.â€
It’s almost 40 years the club has gone without winning anything. With this lack of achievement at the club it really isnâ€™t too surprising that the Newcastle faithful are beginning to lose faith that we can agin get back to being a very successful team. The fans will take a lot of convincing and any bad results along the way are being turned into crisis periods, as we have witnessed during this last week.
But this is what happens at a club when for the last 10 years the fans have been taken for granted and misused by the upper management at the club. Shepherd and Douglas Hall were at the club to serve themselves, let’s not beat about the bush. Weâ€™ll say no more than that.
But we believe we have the right management in place now both with the new Owner, the Chairman and yes, the Manager too. The owner Mike Ashley has shown himself to be a good man, and is already wrapped up in the passion that is Newcastle United. And Chairman Chris Mort has put a very professional face on the club and seems to be doing all the right things and is not one to panic and give knee-jerk reactions to results.
And Sam will be Sam, but you cannot accuse the man of not throwing himself into the job to try to bring success to Newcastle again. Sam knows this is his one big chance in football management, and he doesn’t want to lose that chance.
Joey continued of what he thinks is needed from the Newcastle crowd so that success can be brought back to the club.
â€œWithout people behind us we canâ€™t achieve anything and I know other players feel the same,â€ he said. â€œYou look at the caliber of players here over the last ten years, like Patrick Kluivert, Jermaine Jenas and Scott Parker, and this crowd has been vicious enough to eat players up.”
“They are top, top players and they didnâ€™t do so well here.â€
Barton hopes to earn a recall today but we have a feeling that Big Sam will keep with Emre for the starting attacking midfield position, although thereâ€™s no doubt that Barton can be a key player for the club this season.
â€œWhen you think about it, you can understand it. Itâ€™s easy for someone to buckle in that kind of atmosphere. If things donâ€™t work out players move on and will just think itâ€™s not for them. But if fans stay behind the team then you will get the players playing to their best.”
â€œI understand the fansâ€™ frustration, but the foreign players hear the jeers and boos and it must be really difficult for them. Theyâ€™ve come here and played 13 games and already the crowd are baying for blood.â€
We think Joey is putting it out there in the hope that he can get through to the fans from a playerâ€™s perspective. Heâ€™s right tto say when fans boo the players it doesnâ€™t help the player and it doesnâ€™t help the team. No doubt about it. But the fans at Newcastle have been let down too many times in the past â€“ mainly by the upper management at the club. It may take a little time for the fans to now realize they are front and center with the new management at Newcastle United.
We donâ€™t want these comments to be taken as anything but Joey trying to get through to the fans of the club, and asking for their support. This will not be reported this way by the popular press of course. We read today on the popular and long serving Newcastle fansâ€™ site www.nufc.com calling on fans to support the team, and we encourage that attitude fully. Letâ€™s support the team, even though it can be so very difficult at times.
Everybody at the club are now doing their very best to turn this situation around. Weâ€™re sure the fans can also help with that, starting tomorrow at Blackburn.
Howay the Lads!
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