Kevin Keegan and Joey Barton are determined to turn the midfielder’s current terrible situation with the law, into a positive one, for both the player and Newcastle United Football Club.
Joey Barton – let himself and his club down badly
The 25-year-old Liverpudlian is now in full training with Newcastle United, but will not be involved in any of our upcoming fixtures because he waits for his trial over an alleged incident in Liverpool, which occurred just after Christmas. That court hearing is due in early March, so that’s a long time to wait to have Joey playing again.
And, speaking to Newcastle World TV this week, Newcastle boss Keegan explained:
“Joey is fit and wants to play but he’s not had any matches.” “He is traveling a long way to train and I have explained to him why he won’t be involved until the picture become a little bit clearer.”
“He understands that and there’s no problem there.” “He has worked really hard in training and I do believe that we will make a plus out of a minus.”
“It’s not been a good time for him but if we can draw a line under this we can turn this into a positive.”
It’s not been a good time for Joey, but it shouldn’t be either, given the stupidity and immaturity he displayed when he was arrested.
Let’s get a few honest truths out by saying first of all there are two trials coming up for Joey, one in March and the other in June. The trial in June is for his altercation last April with his Manchester City team-mate Ousmane Dabo, at City’s training ground complex on 1 May.
Joey is innocent until proven guilty and we’ll have to await the results of those cases to see whether Barton is found guilty or not.
But let’s be real here, he has disgraced the Newcastle United club by his actions, and has hardly been a help to himself. We conducted a poll recently and half of those who voted did not want to see Joey play for Newcastle in this situation. 42% want him to play and 8% were undecided.
Here are the results with 716 voting.
We’re not sure it’s appropriate to involve Barton with Newcastle United, any more than have him training with the squad. It sends a bad precedent that you can break the law and end up in jail, but still play football. That’s not a good situation in our opinion.
We suppose Newcastle are still paying his wages but are getting precious little for it, at a time when we really need his midfield prowess. Yes, we know it’s good to have players overcome their problems, and we hope Joey can, but he shouldn’t be allowed to drag the Newcastle names into the mud.
Any more altercations after this by Joey, and he should be sacked from the club, and we should seek compensation for our loss. That should be written into his contract, however good a player he is.
But what do you think? Please let us know – comments very welcome.