What’s Next For Joey Barton?

The very worst has happened so far for Joey Barton.


Joey Barton – seems intent on ruining his career

When he came to Newcastle last summer, he was already in trouble for allegedly beating up on fellow Man City team-mate Ousmane Dabo, and then manager Sam Allardyce had to persuade owner Mike Ashley that Joey was a worth-while buy.

But since he’s been at Newcastle, he’s beaten up a stranger in Liverpool in a separate drunken incident on December 27th, and landed himself in jail for 6 months.

The trial for his alleged altercation with Ousmane Dabo still has to be heard in court, and that case is due to start at the end of June.

So what happens now with Joey Barton?

Kevin Keegan has said he is willing to stand by his player. But what is Joey willing to do?

If Barton is to resume his football career, one thing he must do is to submit to a full course of anger-management classes, learning to avoid situations where he loses control.

Of course, it also appears he only gets into trouble when he’s drunk – so he must cut out the booze, probably forever.

We have no idea what the Newcastle club will do, but it seems to us that Joey may be in even further trouble, after the Dabo trial.

After that verdict, and at the very latest, the club will need to issue a statement saying what their course of action with the player will be.

One strong possibility is that he could be fired, and that would already have happened in most normal jobs.

We’ll just have to wait and see what happens, but it’s sad to see a player of Joey’s undoubted ability seem so intent on wrecking his career and his life.

Maybe there’s a silver lining at the end of this story, but that’s entirely up to Barton, and nobody else.

Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • Sun'lun's Burnin'

    May 24, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Good Luck JB, theres a good player and a good man in there somewhere. Kick the habit and utilise your talent that got you your england cap once again.

  • Zero Cool

    May 24, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #2

    Agreed. Joey Barton has the passion, and talent to lead our boys out of the tunnel some day. He just has to kick his anger (ironic enough) and get his emotions under control. I mean this is a man that came out and said he hated Sunderland just to get the Newcastle fans behind the team

  • Proud to be Black & White formaly know as John

    May 24, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #3

    If that ex west brom guy hughes who killed someone can get a 2nd chance then Joey barton can have as many chances as he wants.

    Looking forward to when all this is behind him and we can see the real barton who is a brillant footballer

  • Soren

    May 24, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #4

    After the fight in Liverpool hasn’t he been cutting the booze and been given a curfew at that rehab center thing? I think he might be on the right path and hopefully he’ll be back playing at some point under Keegan.

  • big pea ov the weab

    May 24, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #5

    wots next for joey well itss 11 oclock so hes probly out on assosiation now then banged up till dinner then maybe a visit off his family aaa to be back in jail wot a cushdy number haha

  • The Entertainers

    May 24, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #6

    I still think if we stand by a fallen player, he will come back with a point to prove. Discard the player and we will be another name on his list to prove a point against. Dont forget Barton IS a quality player and proved that at the end of the season. He can be forgiven for his very poor start as after all it was a new club playing terrible under Big Sam and with all the personal troubles going on, i would’nt expect him to perform. Stick by him what do we have to lose? Its not as if the London rags can throw anymore trash our way. Sticks and stones boys!

  • Leo

    May 24, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #7

    if he were to go T-Total and not drink it would improve him as a player as well as a person, hopefully this happens i dont care if it happens as a newcastle player or not just so long as it happens

    its bad to see a player ruin his career through stupidity and even worse when they are a newcastle player

  • ED

    May 24, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #8

    He has played much better after KK came in, and i don’t think we would hav done so well in the last 10 games of the season without him in the midfield. I feel he should be given a chance, and maybe he can get his head in shape while he sits in jail – and realises how good he could be IF he gives up the drink.

    It would be a massive shame, as well as a waste of money to see JB leave, only to be picked up by a club that gives him the chance.

    If we get good cover in (veloso, turan) for the midfield, we should have a good mid for the season. Add a fully fit and concentrated Barton and we would have an excellent midfield.

  • Bill F

    May 24, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #9

    I know I have been an anti Joey critic, but on reflection even the Krays (one them them anyway) were allowed redemption. So even the worst recidivist should be given a chance to become a reformed character.
    Having said that it could all become moot if he gets a further jail term. Its just possible he might be out of football for years rather than months. (worst case scenario). He would then have to get back up to speed for the EPL which could take quite an extended period.
    The management need to cover the midfield in a big way in terms of new players so Joey might become sidelined anyway when he does (IF) come back.

  • Jim

    May 24, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #10

    Renegotiate his contract. Lower his wages to partially cover a replacement. Put him on the bench and prove himself all over again… or leave. His contract covers this scenario.

    He’s still got the Man. city case to answer and no matter how hard you might try, this case will preducice that hearing. It’ll give his legal team an angle but he’s probably guilty from his record. See, even I can’t help myself.

    I can’t help thinking that he’s gone too far this time. KK might be able to keep him cool now but JB has now cost us a packet in wages, lost transfer value and very bad publicity at a time when we’re alledgedly tightening our wage bill. The writing may be on the wall for radgee!

  • BILLY - B

    May 24, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #11

    J.B. is a bully and a thug plain and simple give him as many chances as you like he will come back and kick you in the teeth. Big Sam gave him a chance when he signed him with the Dabo thing hanging over him how did he thank him by going out getting drunk and setting about other peaple i dont care how good a player he is he does not deserve the privlage of playing for NUFC. Sack him now.

  • Slam Dunc

    May 24, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #12

    We need to see what happens with the Dabo trial as that carries a possible 5 year sentence if convicted, as Bill F says above he could be out for years rather than months.

    Personally I would rather we had not signed him but given that we did in full knowledge of the risks being taken I think we have to help him overcome his alcoholism and accompanying side effects.

    It’s quite tragic seeing Paul Gascoigne in the newspapers at the moment, these characters need help or they get destroyed.

    As I’ve put on another post, we also need to be helping Sir Bobby in his battle against cancer, cmon you Geordie’s:


  • Yorkie Dave

    May 24, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #13


    I hope that every single blogger here is going to sign up for this petition!!!!

  • Cloudstrife

    May 24, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #14

    what JB needs is redemption. he needs to prove he deserves the privilege of playing premiership football. i look at the NFL for an example. the Pacman Jones has been suspended by the league until he can prove that he deserves to play. he needs to change his behavior off the field before he can be allowed back on to it.

    i believe in second chances and if Joey can turn his life around, i’d have him back.

  • african-kenyan-ronniezog

    May 24, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #15

    i really like this guy meeen,op he’ll reform

  • toon4lyf

    May 24, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #16

    i agree wit cloudscrif
    we shud sell butt geremi ameobi nzogbia milner

  • adam - i HATE tottenham

    May 24, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #17

    go away joey. once an idiot, always an idiot. newcastle cant be a club that is easy on its players.

    imagine if it happened to alex ferguson. no chance of him staying.

  • Nick C

    May 24, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #18

    If you watch the clip of him in McDonalds getting all radge, amongst all the “EH EH CAAALM DOWNS” you can distinctly hear Barton say to one of the other div’s in there, “Do yo know who I am?”
    What a tit.

  • Andy1

    May 24, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #19

    toon4lyf, We can’t afford to sell 4 midfielders and bring in only 3- especially if one of them is Arca, who you put as left back.

    Really, we need more in than out, because the squad is so thin. There is no point getting rid of Geremi or Butt because they are decent squad players, at least and we wouldn’t get any money.

    Also you say sell N’Zogbia, but you include him on the subs – that proves how small the squad would be, I think.

  • Terry

    May 24, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #20

    Man Utd have never let a player become bigger than the club, why should we allow it? No matter how talented he is he’s still a disgrace.

  • Proud to be Black & White formaly know as John

    May 24, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #21

    adam – i HATE tottenham why did’nt ferguson get rifd off cantona when he kicked someone in the head live on tv?

  • Punk Skunk

    May 24, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #22

    Manure sure managed to skirt round that recent rape case tho’, didn’t they?..

    …Also the dabo case may not come to court as he’s gone abroad & may not show for it anyway!..
    …If it does, JB may get a concurrent jail term, i.e. running along side this one!..

  • Punk Skunk

    May 24, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #23

    & wasn’t rudolph fingered in the recent football corruption thing, with ‘arry redneck & fat sham?..
    …Or was it his son?..
    …I also seem to remember rudolph getting away with accepting pay offs of £40,000 a few years back, that he paid back & got away with, Mmmm!..Aw yea, & giving reading fans (i think?) the finger, this season!?!..

  • Slam Dunc

    May 24, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #24

    Well said Yorkie Dave comment 13. Get this petition signed:


  • micepie

    May 24, 2008 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #25

    It’s good to see positive comments about JB on here – I thought the reverse would be true.

    Yes, worth giving him another chance.

    If we can keep our best players (Martins, Owen etc) then if I were KK the first two players I would look to sign would both be mf players though. Then JB can challenge for a place when he returns.

  • Frankieboy

    May 24, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #26

    Sorry I got to agree wi Billy B on this one, I can’t even contemplate changing my opinions.

  • ronaldeano

    May 24, 2008 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #27

    Zero tolerence on knobs like Barton.

    I throw dicks like him out of the club EVERY weekend, and they NEVER learn. I wish they would, but they dont.

  • Lew Davies

    May 24, 2008 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #28

    I’m sorry, but billy b is spot on. SACK HIM, no going back. He’ll never change. 🙁

  • keeganpleasecomeback

    May 25, 2008 at 6:53 AM

    Comment #29

    GUYS – to me you stand by him- Look at the likes of Cantona & GAZZA….
    Mental deranged but brilliant footballers – Joey falls in the same category – hes definitely mentally deranged

  • Lew Davies

    May 25, 2008 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #30

    Yes but Cantona was a good footballer, and Gazza could and should have been awesome, and was at times. You cannot class barton in the same league as these. He has not once, shown an ounce of magic or brilliance at NUFC, that would make me want to keep him. All he has done is brought shame to our club, and I hate him for that. We should wash our hands of this type of scum 🙁

  • Eric

    May 25, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #31

    Out of the door and that is final!

  • Greg P

    May 25, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #32

    I’m amazed at the support he’s getting. He got a second chance from us and has ended up in him getting a 6 month stretch.
    NUFC are more important than any individual player, and for one would walk out of any match where Barton was to wear the armband.
    I can’t control the clubs decisions and will always support NUFC, but feel that he’s gone too far and should have been sacked the second he was found guilty


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