Gordon Taylor, the chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA), has described Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton, who was given a 4 months suspended sentence yesterday, and is serving a 6 months jail sentence already, as completely off the rails.
Gordon Taylor – maybe a new start would help Joey
Taylor told talkSPORT today:
“It’s one of those strange situations that when you talk to the lad in the cold light of day he’s quiet, he’s calm, he’s considered.”
“But he has those demons – there’s no doubt they’re there. He’s been fortunate with this sentence, that it’s been suspended.”
“No doubt the judge, like us (the PFA), will be hoping that this term in prison will have made him come to terms with his problems – and I hope he’s eradicated them for the sake of his life and his football career.”
“We encouraged him to take use of our facility at Tony Adams’ Sporting Chance clinic that is staffed by people who have been through and have had various addictive problems,”
“With Joey Barton, it’s been anger management and it’s also problems with alcohol.”Â “I’m hoping that this spell in jail will help him come to terms with himself as a footballer and his life.”
“It’s a sad case. He’s completely off the rails – and if it carries on like this, he’ll continue to cause suffering to people.”
“It might be that a totally new start at a new club is best. Like a new broom, sweep him clean – and hope that that can have the right psychological effect on him.”
Joey Barton isÂ is expected to be released from jail, maybe within the next few days, with an electronic tag.Â Taylor is speaking for the good of Barton, and of course a lot of people would just love to see Barton mend his ways and overcome his demons, and become a successful footballer.
But he’s had a very troubled past, which hasn’t seem to have improved over the last year at Newcastle, but his continuing treatment at the Hampshire clinic could be a god-send for him, if he continues the treatment there.
Gordon was one of the first public figures to offer his support to Barton after the December 27th incident in Liverpool, and he wants the boy to get his life straight, before his football career is completely ruined.
Taylor has told Barton to follow Cantona’s example after his kung-fu kick on a Crystal Palace fan back in 1995.
The French striker was handed 120 hours community service after a two-week sentence was overturned on appeal.
“I saw Cantona coaching youngsters as part of his sentence.”
“The effect it had on Eric, when he realised the impact he was making, was so good for him. That’s exactly what Barton needs.”
“I try not to give up on people. We need a support system, it’s up to society to put it right.”
Blackburn and Bolton are reportedly prepared to offer the one-time England international a loan deal for next season, but we believe that if Newcastle were to sack him, they would probably have done it by now, and a loan deal wouldn’t really help the club in this.
As soon as he is released from prison, Newcastle will be talking to the lad, and some decisions will have to be be made then about his future.