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.
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 Bartonâ€™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:
â€œI think some clubs would sack Joey, but I think Kevin Keegan will back him.â€
â€œHe has been in trouble before and this isnâ€™t the first time heâ€™s hit the headlines, so itâ€™ll be interesting to see what happens.â€
â€œI think Keegan will stand by him purely for the fact the incident happened before he was appointed manager.â€
â€œKevin is very loyal, but I think had this happened under his management then it would be a different situation.â€
â€œWe havenâ€™t seen the best of Joey Barton at Newcastle.â€
â€œI 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.â€
â€œIf it was up to me, I would try and help him.â€
â€œObviously there are some people that donâ€™t want to be helped and some that do, so it is up to Joey really, though some people will say that heâ€™s had enough chances.â€
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.
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