Gordon Taylor – Barton Completely Off The Rails

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.”  “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 is  is expected to be released from jail, maybe within the next few days, with an electronic tag.  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.

Gordon continued:

“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.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • geordiegraham

    Jul 2, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #1

    a cba with this barton stuff anymore. new players please.

  • Leo

    Jul 2, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #2

    after watching a program last nite labled america’s worse jails im kinda glad someone isnt having to go to jail. its a horrid place and makes most people worse rather than best.

    although he needs to be punished!!!

    enough of articles about him. surely its in the 20s now

  • BrettToon

    Jul 2, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #3

    But the problem is he is no Cantona.. HE’s a second rate player who has major problems.
    Anyone know when the tranfer window opens?

  • geordiegraham

    Jul 2, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #4

    it opened yesterday mate

  • Graeme

    Jul 2, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #5

    Its a well worn story Ed. We all have our opinion, those who want him gone and those that dont.

    If they decide to keep him, some will be happy, many wont be. Its time to move on.

    I’m much more interested in learning about the signing of our new midfield and the rest of the new players we need.

  • BrettToon

    Jul 2, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #6

    Please sign someone then!!

  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 2, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #7

    Please, no more Barton gossip, it’s doin’ ma swede!..Surely, everyone & their pet budgie has had their 10p now?..

  • geordie jock

    Jul 2, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #8

    Sick of hearing about Joey Bloody Barton. Lets just sack him and concentrate on what matters NEWCASTLE UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB.

  • Davies

    Jul 2, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #9

    The only remotely interesting article I’ve found today is about Ben Tozer being happy, improving and looking for first team action. He says he’s happy enough in the reserves at the moment, as it’s all a learning curve to him.

    I like his attitude. I also like that we now appear to have a big strong lad capable of playing at left back. If Keegan doesn’t get that posistion covered this transfer window, I can’t see it being a problem. Enrique is fantastic and Tozer will be good cover. Who knows, he might well provide the competition for the spot that wor Kev has been on about.

    Just thought I’d mention it. Gets us away from JB for a bit.

    Ed, this must be a nightmare for you. The only news coming from anywhere is about the Jailbird. Oh, and some dull stuff about Steve Round, who, by the way, I happen to rate and think we should be trying to keep hold of. I hope KK has something better planned if we’re letting him go.

  • Jon

    Jul 2, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #10

    I think Newcastle United need to help him. There’s so many character witnesses for him out there, most teammates and coaches, and even PFA officials.

    The issues he has are fixable, and for the sake of other potential victims, someone needs to help him. If I remember, all the reports were saying he was doing very well in rehab or clinics after the December incident.

    I wouldn’t like us to ship him out (whether he deserves it or not) and for him to bounce around without getting the help he needs and eventually harming other people.

    He IS a good player (for those saying he’s second rate) and we could definately use him. And none of us have ever met him. I think it’s just problems he has, and not that he’s a bad person. And I’m someone who’s had alcoholic and anger management issues in my family.

  • dacvid toon

    Jul 2, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #11

    we just signed an argentinean by the name of jonas gutierrez.saaid so on the official sit.any 1 know anything bout him


    Jul 2, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #12

    off topic!

  • HonoraryGeordie

    Jul 2, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #13

    This Gordo fella must have a degree in stating the bleeding obvious! I think people might have suggested slight aggression problems when he was at school, maybe even when he decided to put a cigar out in someones eye, but its ok because Big Gord has finally worked out the problems “Joey Barton is off the rails” thank the big lord for Gord!

  • Nick Dryden

    Jul 2, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #14

    Barton lied to everyone for 13 months saying he was innocent. It totally sums up this piece of trash, making our club a laughing stock yet again. Come on NUFC have some balls and get rid, end of !!

  • Jeff

    Jul 2, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #15

    who the hell does Taylor think he is sayin a new start is what he needs, its up to nufc to decide on bartons future and of course barton himself, we are the ones who gave him a second chance in the first place (if that makes sense!) and we are the ones who have invested the time and money into him

  • Andy

    Jul 2, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #16

    Wage Cut
    I’m really dont like this option. Personally I think keeping him but on lower wages is the worst of both worlds. It makes the club look like its only in it for the money. When the bloke is in Prison coming in and saying take a pay cut or we’ll sack you! just seems to me as much a bullying tactic as anything Barton has been convicted of.

    If you had asked me in January I would have said this was my prefered option. I still think it is a very viable option. However there are a couple of things that make me think a bit about it.
    1. He is getting treatment. I want every player that goes out in a black and white shirt to have a strong fighting spirit. I want them to have a huge desire to win, to be the best. A great deal of how you channel that is about education and environment. He has been and currently is a thug, but if he can learn to control himself and channel it properly on the field, then he could be a very good player.
    2. This was on the cards when we bought him. It was something that happened before he joined Newcastle and even though he is already in jail for the same offence, the judge (who unlike us has a lot more imnformation about the situation and his progress in treatment) saw fit to suspend the sentance for 2 years.
    3. There are half a million people found guilty of ABH/GBH every year. They are usually punished with comunity service or short/suspended jail sentances, so Barton is being punished just like every one else. Most people dont get the sack over it unless it happens at work, even then they can still find the same job with a different company, as Barton has done. I think to sack him because he is (in)famous would be where he would be receiving different treatment to most.

    A process that has already started and according to the “experts” is going well. I would hope that it is being funded by Barton and not by NUFC, who are already providing a great deal of time and flexability to help him. I’m not comfortable him wearing black and white next season, however if in three years he has kept out of trouble, I would be proud if Newcastle were the club to turn him around (Doubly so if he actually fulfils his potential on the pitch).
    Right now he is a risk and not anything to be proud of, which at Newcastle is always going to mean he is in for a rough time (and rightly so as Mr Shearer would say).

    As a side note I would still like to know why Barton at Newcastle makes us the laughing stock of the Premiership and the Sun have launched a campiagn to get him banned from football while Woodgate at Spurs is alright and Dyer, Belamy and Bowyer all at West Ham is ok. Could it be “shock horror” GEOGRAPHICAL!
    Historically while Canotna’s assault is remebered, it does not supercede his footballing contribution. Likewise Zidane. The big difference is that both of these occured in front of the cameras and were witnessed by millions of impressionable young kids. Go Figure.

    Footballers found guilty of vilont crimes who were allowed to continue their career
    Eric Cantona (Manchester Utd: Assault 1 week jail time 120 hours comunity service 9 month ban from FA)
    Duncan Furgason (Rangers: 4x Assault – The famous one being on the pitch against Raith that got him 3 months in Jail)
    Jonathan Woodgate (Leeds Utd: Cleared of assualt, but convicted of affray – 100 hours comunity service)
    James Coterill (Barrow: Punched an openent and broke his jaw in a televised FA Cup match got 4 months jail time and a 3 month ban from the FA for GBH)
    Fiston Manuella (Staines Town: Headbutted an oponent got 2 months jail time for ABH).
    Paul Quinn (Motherwell: Assault 150 hours comunity service)

    Footballers who were jailed for other offences and allowed to continue their careers
    Tony Adams (4 months drink driving)
    Jermaine Penant (3 months drink driving)
    Lee Hughes (6 years for causing death by dangerous driving)
    Vincent Pericard (4 months perverting the course of justice)

  • ende

    Jul 2, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #17

    Barton is here to stay. He’s wor joey!


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