Unfortunately, all the news today is about Joey Barton, and of course it’s hardly good news for Newcastle United.
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-seasonÂ training at Newcastle United the following day – what luck!.
It’s odd how that just happened to work out so well, isn’t it?Â Â (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.
“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,Â 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?