Keegan Praises Barton, But Joey in Last Chance Saloon

Kevin Keegan has today sung the praises of our troubled midfield star, Joey Barton, after he put in a good second-half display against Middlesbrough last Sunday.


Joey Barton – troubled midfielder still not out of the woods

Barton was asked by Kevin in the first half, to play in a right-sided position and he blocked out the threat of England winger Stewart Downing in that first half. He switched to central midfield after the break, and played very well.

Kevin praised Joey for Newcastle World TV today:

“Joey was asked to do a little bit of a job for us first-half and to get Emre in the team he had to cover the right side,”

“While he wasn’t outstanding first-half he did it in an effective way and he stopped Downing being a threat.”

“But once we changed it and brought Emre off and put Milner on, it allowed him to go in the middle and he was able to go and do the things he can.”

“That’s his best position and he caught the eye because he was allowed to do what he does best.”

But let’s not get too carried away with Joey right now, and let’s keep our feet firmly on the ground regarding the player. Joey is in a mountain of trouble because of his off -field antics.

While it is probably very good for Joey to be playing for Newcastle, and doing something constructive, the possibilities following his two trials coming up, may not be good.

It’s admirable that his old boss Keegan at Manchester City is supporting Joey, as did Big Sam before him, but we still have doubts about whether he deserves that support. Joey has very few chances left, and he’s in the proverbial last chance saloon right now – at least as far as his professional football career is concerned. Make no mistake about that. And it would be criminal if he wasted away his immense football talent (excuse the pun).

Yes, we hope Joey pulls out of it, because everybody likes to see somebody in trouble straighten themselves out. It’s just great when that happens, and if Joey can do that in the next year he will get loads and loads of support from Newcastle’s fans, bless their hearts.

But if he doesn’t, he’s only got himself to blame, because Newcastle United Football Club are supporting him to the hilt, whether he deserves it or not.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • indian toon

    Feb 5, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #1

    he will need to improve overall if he has to play in the starting 11.

  • adam

    Feb 5, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #2

    i feel sorry for king kev for having to come up with all these positive comments to try and build confidence in players that big sam has wiped out.

    big sam i hope you take over sunderland someday soon

  • indian toon

    Feb 5, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #3

    mostly he will be a squad player next season as we will bring better player’s into the team. half of the current crop of players will be sold and quality players will be injected into the team!!

  • Geof Forster

    Feb 5, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #4

    He really is a talent but seems to get led astray by mates from his local patch. His own fault.

    Good article. I try to support this site by clicking on the sponsored links. Sites like this and my own depend on such support


  • Leo*

    Feb 5, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #5

    sam alardyce is going to be the next republic of ireland manager, so not far off sunderland then haha

    if he does go to jail i will be gutted because it means that butt has less competition, and as most people hate nicky butt with a passion then this will mae the fans sad

  • John

    Feb 5, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #6

    I would take a troubled Joey Barton over Hopeless Nicky Butt any Day..

    At least he knows how to do the basics. ie Pass the ball

  • James

    Feb 5, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #7

    Leo – its not “if” its “when”. He will be convicted next month. They have CCTV footage of him beating a guy up in the street twice. He is scum and a disagrace to any team.

    It’s just a shame we have to play him because Butt is soooooooooooo awful.

  • Chicken

    Feb 5, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #8

    Why not just try and flog him to the local prison team now and be done with it.

  • Leo*

    Feb 5, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #9

    how do you know they have cctv of him doing it? it was reported that they have, but we all know what the journo’s are like

  • Bill F

    Feb 5, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #10

    Nice phrase Ed now where have you got that from. 😉

  • Mr T

    Feb 5, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #11

    Bartons got talent, Keegans worked with him before and knows what he can do for Newcastle. Yes he’s on a very thin tightrope and needs to be careful, and yeah he’s a thug and shouldn’t have done what he has. But…. If Keegan wants to give him one last chance, then you have to have faith in the man.

    I thought he did an excellent job against boro despite being poor all season under allardyce, but I think that ‘s a refelction on that makem lover more than Barton.

  • Graeme

    Feb 5, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #12

    Barton is nothing but trouble; he’s an accident waiting to happen.

    He should be sold as soon as its physically possible. But, to be honest, that could be some time away if/when he goes down!!!!

  • arctoa

    Feb 5, 2008 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #13

    I personally hope that he does go down, even if only for a short stretch. It’ll either make or break him, and sometimes people need to hit rock bottom before they come to their senses. Keegan’s not the sort to tolerate transgressions so if he does foul up again, expect him to be frozen out without delay. Just look at Rozehnal: whinges in the morning, is gone by the evening.

  • Mr T

    Feb 6, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #14

    arctoa, couldn’t agree with you more.


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