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 â€“ 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 Â£60K/week wages on the contract he signed a year ago, following his Â£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.
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