Newcastle To Keep Joey Barton and Get Him Counseling


It looks like Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton will not be sacked when he is released from jail in about 3 weeks time.

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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.”  “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.  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.

Comments welcome, but please keep them civil.



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59 comments so far

  • bigb75

    Jul 14, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #1

    Lucky SOB…wish regular working stiff had these many chances…..it’s great to be a Football star…….

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  • WIGAZ

    Jul 14, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #2

    Well if he can turn himself around he could turn out to be a good player for us but i’ve got no faith that he wont relapse & do so stupid again! i’ve seen players with gr8 ability not make it, this lad takes that for granted & in my opinion doesn’t deserve to be a pro footballer!

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  • CRAIGG

    Jul 14, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #3

    Great person to take advice from, Why not KK or Arthur, People that have actually got to the top by sticking to the rules

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  • Leo

    Jul 14, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #4

    newcastle have done the right thing to publically look alright considering we cant write off 6mil so sue them, oh wait they cant

    the press that is, although they will have a field day now the fags

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  • HonoraryGeordie

    Jul 14, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #5

    Everyone has to treat people as they wish to be treated themselves! Whilst I don’t think Joey lives by this rule, I am pretty sure King Kev does, and whilst we all know Joey would have been out by his ear in a normal job, Keegan has the ability to try and save this young lads life, and he is trying to do just that. Yes Joey seems to be a scum bag, and yes the club are probably only helping him to make themselves a bit of money, but it is nice to hear that there are people who can still see some good in a lad that has done so many nasty things, and hopefully with the help at hand he can become a reformed character and help society in a similar way to Tony Adams and his sports centre are doing!

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  • NUFCAl

    Jul 14, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #6

    LOL, I always laugh at people saying that people in normal jobs would get sacked for getting a suspended sentence especially when the club already knew about the incident beforehand.

    It’s amazing that a huge fuss has been made over the Dabo case and more pressure has been put on Toon to sack Barton after this trial than the ‘out on the hoy Liverpool’ incident. If we were going to sack him, we’d have done it after that one, if we sacked him now we’d be entering a legal minefield.

    I’m glad we’re keeping him, just to nark the moral crusaders and the press. I love how we’re meant to make a statement to all the youngsters of this nation by getting rid of this thug…..yet if we do we’d lose money and someone else would snap him up straight away because he’s a good player and clubs always take chances on problem players with talent (Anelka). What kind of statement does that make?

    EDIT: I still maintain that his contract should have been frozen while he was in the nick though, that’s only fair.

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  • Davies

    Jul 14, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #7

    I don’t want him at my club, but it’s not my decision. I really hope that he doesn’t continue to be an embarasment to us.

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  • Ericles

    Jul 14, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #8

    Who is this “club insider”? Or is he just a customer in Shearer’s or The Strawberry?
    As for Barton – if it’s anywhere near true then he has got off lightly. And no kissing the ground he walks on either. No way I want Barton’s gob anywhere near the pavement or grass in Newcastle! He belongs on Big Brother not at NUFC. Sad and angry if we keep him.

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  • dan_from_france

    Jul 14, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #9

    prob gonna b like the film “mean machine” or something saw it last nite reminded me of what he could b doin g in a few years

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  • Vitorbarbosa

    Jul 14, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #10

    I hope KK future will not be ruined by this decision.

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  • Nobby's Dad

    Jul 14, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #11

    Sadly we’ll keep him. As Bob Dylan wrote….’money doesn’t talk, it screams’.

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  • John - Newcastle

    Jul 14, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #12

    First off, none of us know the real story behind Joey Barton’s problems with violence and aggression. They’ve been alluded to and obviously have something to do with his background and family life, but no one’s come out and said what they are. Given this I think it’s a bit rich of people to judge Barton with out knowing anything about him.

    I think Keegan and Newcastle are doing the right thing by offering Barton help instead of condemnation. If we could and did sack Barton all it would do is give the newspapers a backpage headline.

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  • Black and White Blood

    Jul 14, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #13

    Ok he’s not a good sort, and I personally dislike JB immensely, nevertheless how many of you lot are on the straight and narrow…?

    Whether he ever pulls on a BB shirt again remains to be see, however, I’m delighted that KK is taken the time in order to help sort this guy out, there’s so much more to life then Football – He obviously needs help and who better than Keegan.

    I believe these actions reinforce the togetherness which now exists in our club, sadly it has been lacking for a long time now – to be honest Robson never had the dressing room, remember Dyer!

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  • Yahya Ahmad

    Jul 14, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #14

    He owes Newcastle United big time if he stays!

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  • Fernando

    Jul 14, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #15

    When i was younger i had a puppy that turned into quite a vicious dog, that was until we took him to the vet and had him castrated. Maybe thats the awnser for barton, a bit of castration.

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  • Kash2

    Jul 14, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #16

    From an Insider – Who is this bloody insider? I thought he left with Roeder?

    I’m not sure how much to believe into this, we’ll have to wait and see once released!

    Where’s Fernando?

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  • Kash2

    Jul 14, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #17

    There he is!

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  • Kash2

    Jul 14, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #18

    Vets can also put down pets too. Another route to follow if things get worse?

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  • Nick Dryden

    Jul 14, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #19

    ”’ you have to admire the club for helping Joey get on with his life” Naive or what. Ethics & morals out the window. Got beaten to that Bob Dylan quote.

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  • Nick Dryden

    Jul 14, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #20

    John if we sacked him it would give a headline ” Newcastle do the right thing (for once!)

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  • Frankieboy

    Jul 14, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #21

    Dennis Wise sitting down with Joey Barton is like asking Saddam to have a word with Robert Mugabi for Christ’s sake.
    Thought Mike Ashley was a man of integrity.

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  • Spyro

    Jul 14, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #22

    morals and business dont mix

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  • NUFCAl

    Jul 14, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #23

    Bloke has problems, we should take the time to help him out. If we chuck him out now he could end up going down the toilet even further.

    He’s scum but his anger problems are related to his family, his upbringing. He had a rough childhood by all accounts and that anger comes out when he has a drink. Since he’s joined us we’ve seen glimpses of it and he really has tried to reform himself, but then it all came out when he was drunk.

    He absolutely can not have another drink otherwise he’ll never rehabilitate himself. He needs to become a teetotaller and I really hope someone tells him that.

    All these people should get off their high horses, so he chinned someone, so what, people who have jobs do that every night out on the town.

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  • seetow

    Jul 14, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #24

    [lol fernando maybe you should castrate jenas too. and maybe woodgate along with him, those dogs.

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  • Geordie Nick

    Jul 14, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #25

    im sick of all these ppl sayin ‘anyone with a normal job would have been sacked straigth away’, thing is anyone with a normal job wudnt have been in the paper for havin a fight and most probbaly wudnt have even went to court for it as they wudnt have pressed cahrges, but when they realise it s a premiership footballer they decide to press charges and think theyll get a big wedge in compo. fights happen, its life, iv been a my share of fights and i was not sacked str8 away cos nothin ever comes of it when its a normal person

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  • Frankieboy

    Jul 14, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #26

    Obviously not Spyro.
    Sureky you can be successful AND have morals. Sir Bobby must be an example of that. He refused offer from John hall after KK left first time round because he had a verbal agreement with Barca he would remain there.
    Barton refused to accept 50% pay cut when at her majesty’s pleasure as a gesture of remorse and apology to our club so why are we intent on supporting him. Don’t people feel he is laughing at us as well as his employers

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  • Kash2

    Jul 14, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #27

    Ed – Is there any chance we could do a comparison between Newcastle and our rivals for UEFA cup spots in, Spurs, Portsmouth, Villa, Everton, Man City, Blackburn, West Ham.

    I think you’d get alot of fan exposure on the blog and the banter maybe interesting?!

    If it could be something along the lines of the changes at those clubs, and signings etc etc etc!!!!

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  • WesToon

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #28

    Kash2,mate i would tend to agree with u, BUT blogging has changed,its no longer just good banter between clubs,its becoming Malicious & honestly abbusive & threatning at times!! So i say,keep those other muppets on there own sites!! :->

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  • WesToon

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #29

    The Lad Barton,is a complete nutter,but potentially 1 hell of a player!!! Never forget that people can change,some are just a weeee bit slower than others{ie} Mr.Barton

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  • NUFCAl

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #30

    LOL, I can’t believe you’re condemning him for refusing the 50% wage cut. If that was even true, Newcastle would have had no right to do that. You’re talking about morals, that’s not morals, that’s taking advantage of the situation in order to slash the wage bill.

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  • Kash2

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #31

    @ Westoon: Thanks Ed for your comment! LOL

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  • bailey

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #32

    Being given a talking to on violence by Dennis Wise is akin to giving petrol and matches to an arsonist. You couldn’t make it up.
    I do not condone what Barton has done and neither like him or see anything in him as a footballer but I cannot see how NUFC can lecture him when they have just as big a lout in Dennis Wise actually in a so called executive position because I dont think either of them should be here.

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  • James

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #33

    He will be back in Prison by Christmas for another offence

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  • broon ale

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #34

    can anyone shed any light as to why henrik larsson is putting an EEL in his shorts?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5Bzh4WpWps

    where’s swede eric when you need him?

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  • WesToon

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #35

    @ Kash2,hahahahaha, sorry mate my bad!!!

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  • Frankieboy

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #36

    He ha sgot to be prepared to give something back to the club and its fans if it is going to stand by him.
    If it is true about the pay cut then he is obviously not prepared to do just that.
    I have experience of people like barton and they care about nothing or nobody but themselves.
    As James says we will be doing all this again further down the road.
    If not then I will hold my hands up.(probably cos Barton has traced me and has a gun to my head for daring to criticise him)

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  • Taiwantoon

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #37

    I think this should not have came as a surprise to most of us. He would have been sacked after the first trail if the club intended to do so.

    My question is, has the club actually punished Barton for the incident that happened in Liverpool? I havn’t heard anything at all…Hope I have just missed it.

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  • ObaFan2

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #38

    Kash2, by inviting other fans to this blog will put it in danger of closing again. Friendly discusions/banter will only end in abusive remarks as 51times keeps proving time after time.

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  • clinta

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #39

    ‘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’ so when did we become a baby sitting service as well as a football club?

    i doubt he’ll be happy not being allowed to see family and friends, this is going to continue to be a nightmare for nufc that’s for sure.

    does this mean his still on the big money too then as well?

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  • Kash2

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #40

    Just a thought, considering Fernando likes to frequest this site for banter, thought it might be fun with other fans too!

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