Barton Agent – Joey Is Very Fit


Unfortunately, all the news today is about Joey Barton, and of course it’s hardly good news for Newcastle United.

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Willie McKay – Joey Barton is very fit – so what?


There are various sources claiming that Barton could be released from jail on Sunday, which is a sheer coincidence that that would allow Joey to report to the first day of pre-season  training at Newcastle United the following day – what luck!.

It’s odd how that just happened to work out so well, isn’t it?   (yes – that’s sarcasm).

Barton will need to wear an electronic tag, and his agent Willie McKay has given a remarkable statement to the press today, where he actually talks about his client being very fit.

McKay said:

“We can’t really say too much until Joey is released, but we will be sitting down and talking about his future.”

“He will be aiming to be back for pre-season training next week. But again, we will see what happens.”

“Joey had a great end to the season and has kept himself in great shape.”

“In fact, he is in the best shape I have ever seen him in and I think he will be fitter than anybody else.”

So we’re very pleased that Joey is so fit, notwithstanding it is completely irrelevant.

The incident involving Dabo effectively ended Barton’s career at Manchester City, so there will be some pressure on Newcastle United to do the morally right thing,  and sack the guy.

Whether they will or not is at this point unknown.

He deserves to be sacked, but in the unreal world of football he may even keep his job.

And then what would happen if he did the same thing again?

Comments welcome.



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114 comments so far

  • Graham

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #1

    we have no one better!!!!

    lets not cut off our niose just to spite our face

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  • barton u sux

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #2

    There are no comments yet…please kick things off by filling out the form below – thanks.

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  • Faustino

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #3

    I bet he bloody is!

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  • totsy

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #4

    how can you say that he should be sacked???
    how many of you have been in a street brawl???
    now how many of you have been sacked???
    exactly,none, so wy should he? at the end of last season joey started to produce some amazing performances as you can tell by the polls>> as he is allways in the top 3/4.
    if the club show some faith in joey im sure it would pay dividends!.

    i for one think that joeys is one od our best players and sacking him would be a huge mistake by the club, as hes still reasoonably yung and we were already lacking in the centre mid positions…it also meens that more money will have to be spent on a replacment for him a he will also want a hefty pay off from the club..

    everyone stop jumping on the band wagon and think for a minute..

    peace

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  • sas

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #5

    Better to have him fit than on heroin tbf

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #6

    He doesnt deserve to be sacked! Get off your fkin moral highground, get back down to earth!

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  • Ben_BKK

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #7
  • sas

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #8

    While we’re on the subject of Barton all day, I think it was a massive blow to Fat Sam when Barton got injured in preseason. It seemed to me that he was building a team around Barton, and when he missed out on the end of preseason, it took him a very long time to get up to speed.

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  • sas

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #9

    Newcastle United notes the sentence passed to Joey Barton at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court today.

    The Club now intends to hold discussions with Joey and his representatives at the earliest possible opportunity.

    Until such time that this meeting has taken place, there will be no further comment from the Club.

    http://www.nufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10278~1336967,00.html

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  • Nev

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #10

    i agree with totsy and tom_toon.

    does anyone remeber dyer and bowyer ?

    they didnt get the sack did so why should barton ?

    if anything the dyer and bowyer situation was far worse for the club than this

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  • Gunnar/Iceland

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #11

    I dont care if he comes back from prison as looking like The Hulk (still that would mean his IQ might have increased). Sack him.

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  • ELFER

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #12

    wow, I thought I will be the only one who rate him that high! I’m impressed with the thoughts here and I think he has a very importet role to play for newcastle!

    don’t sack him, seems that his rhea is proceeding really well and on pitch he’s gifted!

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  • Nev

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #13

    i agree with sas aswell lol … thats why smith ended up playing CM.
    and we all know how that turned out 🙁

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  • micepie

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #14

    Either one of two things really:

    KK and other staff have a serious talk with Barton and have legal papers drawn up (if necessary) to give us the right to sack him and retain his registration immediately should any other misdemeanor occur in the future,

    OR make a fresh start, sack him and finally fax some offers for two or three of the many mf players we’ve been linked with in the past month! It doesn’t have to be the big stars, even the 2-3M lesser-knowns to give us more options for now.

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  • T.O.Mag

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #15

    We don’t seem to be in any position to sack players, with no financial gain.
    Which is probably why he wasn’t sacked months ago.
    Ashley seems to be in no position to lose 5M
    When Man City made a “moral” decision, we gave them 5.8M, which made it easier for them.

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #16

    totsy I agree!! yes keep him!!!

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  • The Entertainers

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #17

    Look at it this way;

    Joey Barton is not a footballer, say he works in a factory.

    Whilst out on the town, he drinks too much and fills in a couple of kids.

    He goes to court and is sentenced just as the factory shut down for the summer begins.

    As the factory reopens and welcomes back it employees, here comes Joey Barton fresh out of jail and has not missed a days work.

    Now do you think he would be sacked?

    Of course not.
    Many of the comments surround the argument that he should be treat like Joe Public and not Joe Barton the footballer.

    Well sorry to say if he was treat like Joe Public the question of him returning to work would not even come into question.

    The other argument is, ah but he IS a footballer and is in the public eye. He should behave better.

    Joey Barton did not get into politics, he plays football probably because thats whats hes best at and recieved very little education, because football DEMANDS you are taking out of main stream education as soon as you show promise.

    NO ONE can condone his actions, but he has been punished!

    Some Newcastle fans may not be able to live with him and fair comment, but with our current squad Newcastle United dont look like they can live without him!

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  • James

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #18

    Breaking News:

    Barton given 4 month suspended sentance

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  • seetow

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #19

    ed i’m sorry about this i’ve always loved your site and i have never hesitated in telling you this but i feel this article is a tad too biased and you should try to keep your own feelings off the article.

    let’s look at it from the club’s point of view. this lad has just been let off the hook and is learning anger management with tony adams and claims to be really fit in time for next season, what better news do we expect?

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  • robertsa

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #20

    kind of agree shouldnt get sacked just should let the kid he beet up’s dad lash his face off.werent we ment to sign mourane chamakh today
    damn de ridder has gone to wigan mind you we never really looked at him. at the entertainers. factory workers dont get payed millions a year and have kids looking up to them.

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  • Kash2

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #21

    Lets hope he doesn’t put an axe in Obas head, like his cousin did to some balck kid!!!!

    If he stays fit, and is flying in pre-season, then we could have the Joey Barton of old back! Now thats what I would like to see!!!

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  • ObaFan2

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #22

    The law’s an ass

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #23

    good point made – The Entertainers

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  • Davies

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #24

    Totsy, Tom_toon and anyone else saying this TW@T does not deserve to be sacked, get a grip.

    Two of my colleagues were sacked a littl over a month ago for going out to the car park to settle their differnces over a petty arguement, and nobody disagreed with the managers decision.

    You cannot expect to behave in this manner in a civilised society and go unpunished.

    DO YOU WANT THIS THUG WEARING OUR COLOURS AND REPRESENTING OUR GREAT CLUB?

    I didn’t think so.

    Dyer, Bowyer and anybody else that conducts themselves in this unacceptable manner would ordinarily be sacked by any employer, especially if it landed them in prison.

    Totsy, have you ever had a job and got caught scrapping with your colleagues?

    Have you ever had a job?

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  • Kash2

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #25

    Where’s the TRANSFERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Window is open now, you can tell us NUFC!

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  • ELFER

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #26

    If he runs the hell out of his socks on the pitch, does it matter if then goes afterwards back into jail? I say do not get rid of him and instead build on him!

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  • 51times

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #27

    Kash2 – Why bring that up? Joey Barton didn’t kill that kid, why h0ld it against him?

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  • Davies

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #28

    Barton can be replaced The Entertainers, by far better midfielders. That shouldn’t even factor in your argument.

    There’s no way he should be out, and I know that’s not his decision, but it’s down to the club to act responsibly.

    As I said before, if it was you, your little brother, or your son on the receiving end of any of Barton’s famed attacks, you would all be singing a different song.

    tom_toon, stick to the football knowledge, you’re much better at that.

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  • cooldj

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #29

    one thing you’ve gotta say about newcastle. we always find a way to steal the sporting headlines.

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  • James

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #30

    I like a lot of people want Barton out of the Toon.

    As do the board. Ashley and Mort (especially Mort), are not fans of Barton and his behaviour.

    The problem is KK wants Barton to stay no matter what – and that is the sole reason he hasn’t been sacked.

    When he was asked to take a pay cut he told us to F*** off. Barton’s behaviour has already cost Fat Sam his job, and it will cost KK his, when next season Barton goes back to prison for another assault.

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #31

    No matter us arguing about Joey barton and wether or not he gets sacked or not, this comes down to MA and the board!

    more interested in whats happening about tranfers and next season!!!

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  • The Entertainers

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #32

    @ Davies

    Dont get me wrong i understand fans never wanting him back and thats their opinion. Part of me completely understands.

    However did your mates scrap during work?
    If so then they deserved to be sacked, in the car park man!
    Barton wasnt even in the same town and was not on work time. Noone would ever have know if he wasnt Joey Barton!

    Also he didnt go unpunished! He served 6 weeks or what ever. Granted it was lenient, but thats not Bartons fault.

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  • robertsa

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #33

    agree with every word davies.

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  • BennAllen

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #34

    seetow.. i agree .. ed your comments in the last couple of articles on joey are to biased.. i know this is your opinion .. keep the articles free from it.. and comment your feelings buddy

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  • bettyswollocks

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #35

    well ive said it before and i’ll say it again. if KK feel that Joey is worth one more chance in a bid to turn him into a decent human being then that’s good enough for me.

    he’s a bad lad but he’s surely not beyond redemption. he’ll probably get a last chance with kk so it’s up to him to take it. he has the sporting chance clinic etc so no more excuses. time will tell.

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  • A geordiedoonsooth

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #36

    There’s something called integrity. We should sack the scouse thug. I don’t care how good he is he deserves to be sacked.

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  • robertsa

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #37

    to have assaulted a former team mate then knock out a kid. put yourself in this position. your son has came in dripping of blood caused by joey barton. youd be the first to go to the next toon match hop over the railing past the stewards and rip his face off while he is playing.

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #38

    But NUFC – Ashley, Morte and the board knew what joey barton was about and what he had done in the past!! if that was the case why employ him in the first place!!

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  • Chicken

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #39

    The Entertainers – are you for real? Your example was certainly entertaining, but that’s all it was.

    Now try a real example. He works at a company (not a factory) that is open all year round. He still gets drunk, fills in a kid, gets a 5 month sentence and doesn’t turn up at work for the next 2 months until he is released for good behaviour. I’m pretty sure his work would have already ripped up his contract by the time he reported back.

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  • mark

    Jul 1, 2008 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #40

    What people are missing here is it is not NUFC’s position to punish him, in my opinion, as his crimes have not affected his employment. He has commited and owned up to his crimes and has been punished by the British Legal System. Whether or not you agree with the sentence is a different matter. He will soon be a free man although under probation, and as a free man has the right to seek employment. I do not think that it sends out a good message if NUFC sacks him, as it says they will not hire someone with a criminal record. He has done/ is doing his time and that should be punishment enough. What is he supposed to do never work again because has been to jail and made some mistakes?

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