Sam Allardyce is under some pressure, thereâ€™s little doubt about that, since even in the best of times, being manager of Newcastle United is not an easy job. And today are not the best of times for the club.
Joey Barton – has blown a wonderful opportunity at Newcastle United
Sam has one of his players, Joey Barton, facing charges of common assault and affray, after a 5.30am city center incident on Thursday morning. Sam has talked little of Barton and the situation but he did say something yesterday, and it turns out Sam has talked to Barton since he was remanded in custody on Thursday in Liverpool.
“Yes, I feel let down by him, of course I do. There’s no question about that, but I’ve got to deal with that quietly and privately when the opportunity arises.”â€œThe Joey Barton thing is something we had to put behind us because we’ve got so many games in such a short period of time.”
“We’ll deal with that later on and find out what the outcome is, when I get the opportunity, with the chairman.” “It’s disappointing, very, very disappointing, but I can’t really comment any further than that.”
“I have spoken to him. But I’m not going to tell you what was said. I don’t want to comment any more on the Joey Barton situation.”
Itâ€™s hard to put a positive light on what Barton has done and he seems to have thrown his last chance out of the window. Whatever anybody says, we think it was to Samâ€™s credit to bring Barton to the club.
Everybody likes a person who has been in trouble and can come back and make good, The Newcastle fans were hoping for that scenario and gave Joey lots and lots of support, let there be no doubt about that.
But Joey has disgraced himself once again, and itâ€™s difficult to see how the club can retain a player in so much trouble with the law. Newcastle will need to make a decision sooner rather than later on Barton, and we think heâ€™s just blown a wonderful chance he had to make good at Newcastle United Football Club.
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