Keegan Still Wants Last Chance For Barton

Kevin Keegan has indicated he is determined to stand by his troubled midfielder, Joey Barton, when he eventually leaves jail in some four weeks time.


Kevin Keegan – will stand by Barton

We reported this morning that the troubled Newcastle United midfielder learned he still has to serve another four weeks in a Manchester prison, before being released on parole from his six-month jail sentence.

It is certain that Joey will now miss the start of the season, with his release date now being estimated at August 13th – which is just three days before the season starts.

The Liverpool born player had hoped to be free after serving 4 weeks of his sentence, but parole chiefs have decided he will have to serve half his sentence, because of last week’s 4 month suspended sentence, he received at the Dabo trial.

Kevin Keegan will be part of a Newcastle delegation that will meet with Barton and his representative, Willie McKay, when he is released from prison.

As we mentioned this morning we hope that meeting can be brought forward becasue there’s no reason the decision cannot be made now, and certainly Newcastle and Barton have a few hard decisions to make.

One is whether the club will be willing to keep paying the player his £60K/week wages on the contract he signed a year ago, following his £5.8M move from Manchester City.

Newcastle will be able to exercise due cause, that can have the contract ripped up and Barton fired, because of his jailing. However, we think it is Mike Ashley, the owner who will make the final decision.

Keegan is said to believe the player should be given one last chance, while receiving continuous help from the Sporting Chance clinic in Hampshire.

But Barton has already received a number of last chances, and the question becomes when is last, really last?

It appears that Barton’s team-mates at Newcastle, have a similar view to that of their manager Kevin Keegan, and seem ready to stand by their team-mate.

We don’t believe Joey has earned another chance, given his behavior even while he’s been at the Newcastle club over the last 12 months, which has landed him a 6 month jail sentence.

Comments welcome, but please keep them civil.

59 comments so far

  • ObaFan2

    Jul 11, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #1

    We should get behind the club and their decision whatever it is I think.

  • Steve T

    Jul 11, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #2

    He’s never shown any regret for any of his actions in the past and I’m sure he wont start now. Has to go!!!!!!!!

  • spitzoid

    Jul 11, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #3

    Give him another chance I say.

    Once he has done his time he would have served his debt to society and therefore NUFC.

    Probably suggest a pay decrease of 50%, rising each year as long as he keeps his nose clean and attends Sporting Chance clinics etc.

  • Ericles

    Jul 11, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #4

    Barton will not change his spots so we will change his stripes for him. He will just look around to see where the CCTV is first and then pile in. Sell him to Fernando’s pub team.

  • Micky Toon

    Jul 11, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #5

    Keegan is an idiot if he keeps Barton. But no doubt it’s all ok for most people on here as Keegan’s judgement cannot be questioned.

    I thought all of this was behind us when we booted Bowyer down to the hammers.

  • Ally

    Jul 11, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #6

    How many “last chances” has the lad had, this really is it now, he needs to get his head down stay out of bother and start performing on the pitch, if he can string a good run of games together then this will hopefully forgotten by christmas

  • A geordiedoonsooth

    Jul 11, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #7

    I admire KK for saying he wants to stand by Barton, but I think he has misjudged public opinion Barton should not be allowed to play for us again, he’s a violent thug.

  • broon ale

    Jul 11, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #8

    no quotes from keegan therefore its speculation

  • Flan

    Jul 11, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #9

    I remember that joey was in contention for man of the match on a number of occassions during the last few games of the season according to the polls on this site and we all knew that the dabo and Mc donalds incidents had occurred. So as far as i can seen nothing has changed apart from the fact that he is serving his time for his mistakes. so i for one hope we keep him becaue i think he’ll be a great player for us.

  • nightfall

    Jul 11, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #10

    no way…he must go…and should took smith with him…they’re nothing but bullies!

  • Bren

    Jul 11, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #11

    I don’t see how they can bring the meeting forward. The prison going to let them use the conference room? They’ve said they’ll meet as soon as he gets out, so we’ll have to wait and see.

    I’d like him sacked, but can’t see it happening.

  • Ian

    Jul 11, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #12

    I dont like Barton, but the way our funding is going, the way we havent signed anyone of note and we havent got some of our better players signed up I am more worried about relegation next season, we need everyone we currently have if no-one decent is coming in. So i think we should keep him, probably that is keegan’s thinking too, otherwise I think Duff and co would have been sold already.

    Unless they have three decent signings from somewhere we are going to struggle next season.

    If a partner for the club comes forward and is on board very quickly we may make a good signing if not it looks like we are going in to next season with the current line up, maybe without Martins and a question mark over owen.

  • Obafan

    Jul 11, 2008 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #13

    I think we should stick with the decisions KK is making. Tho’ I would have sacked him after the incident in Liverpool. The day after the fight NUFC should have sacked him then all these articles (can not count them anymore about this idiot) were not necessary. Cause I get a bit annoyed about these articles. Barton just does not deserve this attention.

  • Obafan

    Jul 11, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #14

    Ian – I agree with you an that. We need every player, cause there seems not to be much transfer activity. We released more players than we already brought in and our squad was already thin.

    I don’t want to think of the fact if 2 or 3 important players get injured for a couple of weeks next season what might happen.

  • KingKev

    Jul 11, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #15

    Think people should just stop slagging off the toon, were no where near the top 4 any more so we not in any position to demand top quality signings.

    Just w8 2 c wot king kev brings in and back them 100% instead ov sl8ing them str8 away which people seem 2 be doing with danny guthrie already!!

    Were just not used 2 the ashley approach, which has 2 be betta than fat freddys, and as for barton if we keep him i’m backing him all the way cos hes still a toon player


    Jul 11, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #16

    Of course there is always the possibility that Barton might not be happy with the way NUFC have tried to treat him over his wages and might want to leave. If any one else will have him that is.

  • Ian

    Jul 11, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #17

    Obafan, cheers, I dont think any of us blame KK he will buy the best he can with the money available.


    Jul 11, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #18


  • Wallsend Will

    Jul 11, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #19

    Kevin Keegan is not a fool. If he thinks he can get Barton to play good football, and stay out of trouble, then let him try. From my point of view It’s the football on the pitch that matters most. I want to see a successful, exciting Newcastle team playing like they did before under Kevin Keegan. If he behaves himself, accepts the proposed pay cut, and plays to his potential then Joey Barton could be part of that success. (Then sell him for profit if need be!)


    Jul 11, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #20


  • Fernando

    Jul 11, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #21

    Personally i blame bartons parents!

  • sean667

    Jul 11, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #22

    hps are you shouting again!

  • sean667

    Jul 11, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #23

    i see always the fault of the parants. He`s a grown man who cant handle his stella, stick ta fosters or carling Joey.
    Jokin aside KK was always gonna stick by him he`s a good player but flawed newcastle should never have bought him, however they did and now have no coice but to stick by him.

  • leeroy

    Jul 11, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #24

    we should give him another chance and if he brakes it thats it gone! no questions asked.
    i cant see the point in letting another club take a decent player on a free when hes only made 1 daft mistake since he joined toon.

  • Crazy

    Jul 11, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #25

    Fernando, i’ve mangaed to get hold of your I.P address and am very close to finding out who you are… Stop being a naughty boy or i’m going to let everyone know where to find you!

  • DC Magpie

    Jul 11, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #26

    so after we unload N’sulk to the spuds (what we’d do without them to take our has beens?)

    who thinks Nuri Sahin would make a good replacement?

    Let’s get back to B’ham with a better bid for Seb

  • steve

    Jul 11, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #27

    I personally don’t like Barton but it’s not Newcastles job to basically do what the FA and the courts should be doing.
    I’m sure if the F.A compensate Newcastle 7 million pounds we’ll be more than happy to give them his registration in order they can stop him playing for any club.

    Lets face it if we sack him someone else will no doubt take him on


    Jul 11, 2008 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #28

    lets replace Smith, Duff, and ameobi
    selling all three would give us 12million we could buy two decent players for that price ! and reduce the wages!!!

  • Kash2

    Jul 11, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #29

    @ DC: I do, he’s quality but isn’t he a CM?

    @ Fernando: The whole of hios family is messed up! His parents are probably worse. But not in comparision to those council folk in North London though. They’ve got the knives out….literally!

  • DC Magpie

    Jul 11, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #30

    Barton is a punk but he has undoubted ability.

    Last chance saloon Joey.

    I for one would love him to prove the doubters wrong, turn his life around and get himself back in the running for an England place. (As a Toon player of course :))

  • Toon_Ksk

    Jul 11, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #31

    Unless you can say for yourself that you are an Angel or a Saint, I don’t see why Barton should be condemned to hell.

  • DC Magpie

    Jul 11, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #32

    Kash, maybe I’m talking about the wrong player?

    I was watching an u21 replay last night and their “star player” was some guy called Shahin or Sahin. Apparently he played with the full national team but because of his age he could drop down for the tournament.

    He was playing left back and had an awesome left foot. Of course the Turks got played off the field by the Ivorians who had a whole bunch of REALLY impressive players. (Kone, Cisse, Djapka)

  • Kash2

    Jul 11, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #33

    @ DC – There was a youngster who played for Dortmund called Nuri Sahin. He;s half Turkish and half German, but plays for Turkey I think.

    I think he plays for Feyenoord now. He is left footed and has alot of ability too!

  • GSfan

    Jul 11, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #34

    Hey lads. Long time no see. I’ve come back with more news regarding Turkish players that are linked with Newcastle United. This one is an unfortunate piece of news though.

    Various Turkish sources are reporting Fenerbahce’s going for Gokhan Inler. After Aurelio taking off for Betis (for a whopping compensation fee of 1m euros (and a case taken to FIFA for possibly 7m euros now)), Fenerbahce are hoping to win back the hearts of their fans with a very promising replacement. This is very logical due to the fact Gokhan won’t be playing in a ‘foreign player’ status either and he would indeed be a nice replacement for Aurelio.

    Fenerbahce are known to deny reports from sources which claim rubbish as they have done today with some other pieces of news that are also reporting their interest for Gokhan Inler. However they have not denied this report for today although they have done to others. My prediction is that (and this is just my personal thought) this may be the case because it was exactly like this with the Aragones and Guiza rumours. If they really do want him I’m afraid you guys don’t have a chance in getting him 🙁

  • The Entertainers

    Jul 11, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #35

    It appears the lads staying, this is what Kev wants and thats good enough for me.

    But hey we dont have to chant his name from the stands but we dont have to always have a go at the lad. Silence often speaks a thousand words and we are only hurting ourseleves if we start fighting (wrong choice of word) from the inside.

    Once the offical decision is made regarding Barton i hope we can collectively chose to just accept it and support the team.

  • scott9

    Jul 11, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #36

    he might not hav earned another chance but we should give him one because he is such a gifted player and it wud be such a waste he is pure class our second best player just behind owen in my opinion he is so composed on the ball.

  • Kash2

    Jul 11, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #37

    @ GS FAN : Long time buddy.

    Sounds like bad news. Any news om Arda lately?

  • macitect

    Jul 11, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #38

    Three cheers for the humane King Kevin!

    I don’t condone violence, but Barton’s problems have been over scrutinised and exaggerated in the press. In all the press articles, I have never heard any quotes from Barton himself… no time, space or consideration given to the human being – just the image. The whole story might be so different from what we – the public – actually know.

    And shame on those of you who say we should keep him because of the financial position of the club. If Barton’s actions warrant him being sacked, then it is a moral/ethical issue and no amount of money should interfere with that decision. Arguing that despite his actions we should keep him because we can’t afford another player of his calibre makes the holder of that position more ethically reprehensible than Barton’s actions.


    Jul 11, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #39

    Ed – I’m confused – how has Keegan indicated his stance? Has he given an interview? There are no quotes in your blog. I’m guessing it’s the case, but do you have information to substantiate?

  • GSfan

    Jul 11, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #40

    Kash2 – Nah no news on Arda. He’s probably going to stay as the board believe they’re going to have use for him in harvesting many more players like him from our youths. They recently said that they bought Kewell so he could play together with Arda, rather than being his replacement for if he may get sold and together help out the lads in the youths.

    Our new coach Michael Skibbe said he was in awe of Arda but also just said in his last interview with the press (just yesterday) that there were 3 more players of the same quality as Arda in the youths and that he’s going to want to squeeze out their potential this year and included them in the first team’s pre-season training camp. Some who watched these training sessions so far even note that Aydin (one of these youngsters) shows more potential than Arda.


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