The Sunday Mirror is reporting today that most Newcastle fans want Joey Barton dismissed from the club.
Â Joey Barton – in big big trouble because of fan reaction
We have had two polls on Barton in the last month or so – and here’s the results of the polls.
What Should Newcastle Do With Barton?
* Sack Him (47%, 1,001 Votes)
* Keep Him On Half Wages (29%, 617 Votes)
* Sack Him After Dabo Trial (13%, 266 Votes)
* Keep Him On Full Wages (8%, 159 Votes)
* Don’t Know (3%, 65 Votes)
Total Voters: 2,108
In an earlier poll we had simply asked should Newcastle keep Barton and the results were:
Should Newcastle Keep Joey Barton?
* No (55%, 1,457 Votes)
* Yes (39%, 1,043 Votes)
* Don’t Know (6%, 171 Votes)
Total Voters: 2,671
You can still vote in both polls – if you haven’t yet done so – they’re in our poll corner on the right.
In the polls 60% and then 55% of the fans want him fired, but that’s hardly overwhelming.
But also most of our readers don’t even want us to have stories on the Barton saga, which has dragged on too long, and they seem fed up with the negativity it’s bringing to the club.
We also believe the current thinking at the club is to keep him, because Newcastle would have sacked him by now, if that was the action they were going to take.
Frank Gilmour of the Independent Newcastle United Supporters Association feels that Newcastle are making a big mistake if they do keep Barton.
He warns that Barton could face an angry reaction from Newcastle fans, if he is allowed to play for Newcastle United again.
“In any other job Barton’s shameful actions would have meant instant dismissal.”
“As a union man I represent employees at industrial tribunals and if an ordinary worker had done what Barton did on two occasions I would simply be unable to defend them.”
“I have seen his assault in Liverpool city center on CCTV and can’t believe that Newcastle are planning to hold talks with him and his representatives.”
“He should be sacked on the spot.”
We’ve resisted putting this violent video on our site up till now.
Derek Wake, a season ticket holder for 25 years at the club, believes that Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan was wrong to support Barton and provide him with a character reference.
“They should tear up his contract. He should not be allowed to be part of a great club like ours.”
Certainly, as I’ve said before, in my experience at IBM, if Barton had been an IBM’er he would have been shown the door a long, long time ago, but that’s in the real world.
Footballers live in an unreal world, where everything is done for them, and they are mollycoddled far too much – and it’s no wonder some of them still act like little babies on the field sometimes.
But we hastily add that the rest of the Newcastle squad seem to be mature lads, like Harper, Owen, Geremi, Butt, Milner, Taylor …. to name just a few.