It looks like Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton will not be sacked when he is released from jail in about 3 weeks time.
Joey Barton – Newcastle club willing to invest in their troubled player
Instead the Sunday Mirror yesterday said that the player will undergo some intensive counseling immediately he is released from jail.
The Sunday Mirror says Joey Barton will be moved into a rented club house on his release, and will immediately undergo a series of intense counseling sessions to help overcome his many demons.
A club insider said yesterday:
“It is well known Joey’s problems stem from the fact he lives near his family and friends and is off the club’s radar.”“When Joey is released he will be put into a rented home where they can keep a watchful eye on him and make sure he doesn’t stray.”
“Director of football Dennis Wise plans to sit him down and explain he is in the last-chance saloon.” “He will tell him he can either prove himself on the pitch at St James’ or he will be put in with the juniors and made to rot in the reserves for the rest of his contract.”
“The club will not give him away for nothing and need to be seen to help him dealing with his problems.”Â “Manager Kevin Keegan has great faith in Joey’s ability and believes he will become a better player, but only if he stays out of trouble.”
“Newcastle are willing to invest further time and money in Joey right to make sure that there are no repeats of these incidents and help him beat his demons.”
This is a great thing the club are willing to do for Joey, but we really don’t think he deserves it.
The problem we have is that he just have to go off the rails once, and shame is again brought on the club.Â We will then have to undergo the ignominy of having one of our players in trouble with the law.
We’re not sure it’s worth it, but we admire the club for trying to help Joey with his life, by getting him the help he obviously needs, and giving him yet another chance.
And it’s probably Kevin Keegan who has swung the deal for Joey, because Kevin’s stood by his player throughout the time he’s been back at Newcastle.
If this does happen, then the next time he gets into Newcastle, he should kiss the ground he walks on.
And if it all happens to turn out well in the end, he will have Kevin Keegan and the Newcastle United club to thank for the rest of his life.
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