Former Newcastle star midfielder Rob Lee has warned jailed Joey Barton that he may have just one last chance to prove himself at St Jamesâ€™ Park.
Joey Barton – has one last chance – at most – at Newcastle United
The troubled Barton is currently serving a six-month jail term for assault and affray, following a violent attack on a teenager in the Liverpool City center at 5:30 am on 27th December last.
Barton joined Newcastle in 2007 for Â£5.8M fromÂ Manchester City, which at the time was a risky purchase, but manager Sam Allardyce convinced owner Mike Ashley all would be OK with the troubled star.
It should be noted that Man City were only too willing to get rid of him, and we choose are words advisedly.
But Joey let Big Sam, the Newcastle club and most of all, himself down by getting into trouble over the Christmas period.
Joey showed some decent form under Kevin Keegan last season but overall, last year was a disappointment for Barton, on the playing side of things.
Rob Lee, the former Newcastle star and model professional, we may add, insists Joey will need to stay out of trouble if he wants to establish himself in Kevin Keeganâ€™s side of the future.
Lee told Setanta Sports News today:
â€œWell I think he is probably in last chance saloon now.”
â€œHe has had a few chances given to him. It is up to him now, once he comes out, to put it all behind him and do his talking on the football pitch.”
â€œHe is a talented player, but we havenâ€™t seen that yet at Newcastle.â€
Good words from Rob, but it’s not even clear to us that Joey will get that chance.
He has to face trial again next Monday, June 30th, for his alleged assault on former Manchester City team-mate Ousmane Dabo in early May, 2007.
There is a chance he could be found guilty at that trial, and we wouldn’t be surprised if that is indeed the outcome, that the Newcastle United club could sack the player next week.
That’s certainly a definite possibility, if not a probability.
And Joey doesn’t even seem to realize the gravity of his situation – since it’s not every day that a Premier League footballer ends up in jail and disgraces himself and his team.