Robert Lee Backs Keegan To Back Barton


Robert Lee, the former midfield star of Kevin’s first reign at the club, has today talked to the Evening Chronicle about the Barton bad news that broke yesterday.

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Joey Barton – jailed for 6 months yesterday

The former Newcastle star knows Kevin well, and believes his former manager will have already let the higher-ups at the club, know his feelings on Barton’s behavior off the field.

But Robert also thinks Keegan will be supportive of his midfielder, who was jailed yesterday for six months after admitting assault and affray in Liverpool last December 27th.

Lee talked today to the local Evening Chronicle:

“I think some clubs would sack Joey, but I think Kevin Keegan will back him.”

“He has been in trouble before and this isn’t the first time he’s hit the headlines, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens.”

“I think Keegan will stand by him purely for the fact the incident happened before he was appointed manager.”

“Kevin is very loyal, but I think had this happened under his management then it would be a different situation.”

“We haven’t seen the best of Joey Barton at Newcastle.”

“I felt over the last eight or nine games he was getting back to his best. He always had this hanging over him, and it is a major blow for him and for Newcastle.”

“If it was up to me, I would try and help him.”

“Obviously there are some people that don’t want to be helped and some that do, so it is up to Joey really, though some people will say that he’s had enough chances.”

Joey has had more than once chance already and we think the club will wait until after the trial at the end of June on the Dabo case, before making any definite moves.

We do have a vote on the right, about whether Joey should stay at Newcastle, so if you haven’t yet voted, please let us have your opinion on this.

Comments also welcome.



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10 comments so far

  • Victor Meldrew

    May 21, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #1

    Robert Lee talked to the Evening Comical. Is this really a worthy news story?

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  • ToonKing

    May 21, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #2

    well said Rob.

    PS: Toronto FC want to sign Ameobi !! yesssss!

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  • Eric

    May 21, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Barton needs specialised treatment. Not the sort that Wright and his team are qualified to give. Anyway with those sort of tablets one cannot see a football to kick it anyway.

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  • Leo

    May 21, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #4

    toronto want ameobi because john carver really rates him.

    joey barton has had too many chances, maybe kev will give him one more, i will stick with what he decides i suppose.

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  • Frankieboy

    May 21, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #5

    Cant imagine why Rob Lee would expect the club to stand by Barton.
    Wonder what Shearer thinks of the situation….and will he make his views known to all….hope so.

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  • Bill F

    May 21, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #6

    I see from the voting that most people want to keep Barton. From a pure footballing aspect I can see their point. But as a statement of intent to the rest of the World and other players we might in interested I think it sends out the wrong messages. I have no problem with given people a chance to redeem themselves but where do we draw the line, it seems to me that he has overstepped it several times. If he does get another chance then he really needs to become a paragon of virtue, as every wrong move is going to come under the media microscope and so will our team.

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  • Sav

    May 21, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #7

    There’s been bad boys at lots of clubs – you could argue that sacking a good player for ‘moral’ reasons is sending out an equally unattractive message- that we are not ruthless about winning. Fact is, he was under a cloud about dabo before we signed him, so we can hardly get all huffy about this, especially as it is pre-KK.
    I didn’t want him before, but now we have him, we have to give him one more shot at cleaning up his act – if only because we’d get buttons for him at the moment. And I’d have to admit he’s kept a clean sheet on the field for us and has improved under KK in a 4-3-3 no end.

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  • BILLY - B

    May 21, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #8

    Premier league footballers wether we like it or not are role models to young football fans, would anyone like there son to look up to J.B. If it was a one of ok hes young and footballers get a lot of stick sometimes when out on the town, but it is not a one of and he makes no distinction betwwen kids fans and teem mates.what would happen to you if you got caught fighting at work there would be no messing youd be sacked. Which is what should happen to J.B. i dont care how good a player he is (not that great for us up to now by the way) So as far as im concerned get rid and lets have a happy camp because peaple like him cause an atmosphere

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  • Egar

    May 21, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #9

    Rob’s spot on when he said there are some people that don’t want to be helped and some that do. No one knows for sure where Joey stands on this. Joey may not know that himself.

    He is serving time now for assault and affray. There may be more to come after the trial on the Dabo case.

    Some have said that Joey’s had enough chances. Yet, the poll on nufcblog has 53% for keeping Joey. Not an overwhelming majority but nevertheless a majority for now. Imh2go Joey should stay if he has the full backing of his team mates & KK.

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  • mitch

    May 21, 2008 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #10

    I think joey was provoked and did not have the sense to walk away this lad needs help He should play for the club again as there are pl players who have done worse and got away with it and those who played and had done time big Dunc for one or do we judge which one is worse than the other how many drink and drive get caught have done time for it that has the potential to kill some one this lad needs to get his head sorted and I for one will give him a second chance no problem and what was a 16 year old doing out at 2am I dont think he was as innocent as they say the media love this attack NUFC through media

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