Keegan: Barton Returns To Newcastle Within Days

Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan insists that his controversial midfielder Joey Barton still has a future with the Tyneside club.


Joey Barton – Keegan says he still has future at Newcastle

Kevin talked to BBC Radio 5 today and it appears that Joey Barton will get out of prison next week after serving time on a six-month prison sentence for assault.

Barton will have served less than half the sentence by next week, and Keegan has already said he will give him a second chance at Newcastle.

Keegan told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek today:

“People have opinions, and you must respect those, but mine is to give him another chance and back him,”

“There are a lot of things he needs to put right – but I think he can do it.”

Barton is in jail for assaulting a teenager in Liverpool at 5:30 am on December 27th last year, and the player was also recently convicted of assaulting former Manchester City team-mate Ousmane Dabo.

For that conviction he was given a suspended four-month sentence.

Kevin continued:

“Joey will be back with us towards the end of this month,” (author note: – it’s now the 27th)

“It’s well documented he’s had his problems, but I knew of them when I took over.”

“He’s served his sentence, he’s been punished for what he did wrong.”

“The world is littered with people that have been given a second chance and taken it with both hands.”

“I told him as long as from now on he did things right and started to rebuild the confidence of people around him, I would stick by him.”

“The Joey Barton that we had in the last couple of months of the season was a much-changed character.”

“I’m hoping that he’ll come back and we’ll get him fit. It’s up to Joey to put things right now – he’s got to win over a lot of people.”

Good words from Kevin, who is probably the very best man that Joey could have as his current manager right now.

We assume Joey is thanking his lucky stars that his manager, who was with him at Manchester City,  is a good man and has a heart of pure gold, because in truth he probably doesn’t deserve this chance.

But since it looks like the club are willing to forget Joey’s past antics, we’ll have to get behind Kevin and see if we cannot also help Joey to get his life and career back on track.

The Newcastle fans are a forgiving and dedicated bunch, and as long as the players are completely committed to the club, they’ll support them in most things.

And if indeed Barton can take this chance, clean up his act, and become a key player for Newcastle, he will have repaid the fans and the club for the faith they have shown in him.

We look forward, this coming season, to Joey Barton doing just that.
Comments welcome.

41 comments so far

  • Nick

    Jul 27, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #1

    as long as he cleans up his act (for good this time) and returns keegan’s faith on the pitch i will have no complaints.

  • JonGoodwyn

    Jul 27, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #2

    Hopefully he’ll be a reformed character.
    For some reason i’ve always liked the fella, but God knows why because hes just a thug. Hoepfully thats well behindhim though

  • VeryNorthernMag

    Jul 27, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #3

    Fair play, give him another chance.

    It seems like we will actually need him in the team anyway.

  • Maggie

    Jul 27, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #4

    I do think he should have been sacked, but no doubt KK knows more about the situation than I do – and if JB’s going to be in the team a bit longer then I think we should back him – after the first game!

    Nor do I think KK is being cynical here – keeping him because he needs him. I think he’s the kind of guy who wants to give people a chance and support them.

  • beye the great

    Jul 27, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #5

    i am surprised that there are so many people in favour of barton a few weeks ago most people were ready to throw away the key but i agree with previous comments and think that this has to be his last chance coz if he cant change with kev as manager then he never will and hopefully he will fullfil his potential as a player

  • dingo

    Jul 27, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #6

    most of my mates have had to take many second chances and I for one will welcome JB back with open arms. I dont mind a bit of radge in the team… are we not from Newcastle after all!!!! Charver Central and radgy gadgy mecca.

    Whilst I am on my radgy rant… didnt John Terry do over a taxi driver in London and get pulled up on it in the courts as well? So Joey knocked some people out…… I hope he will knock some in for us this season.

  • Alex

    Jul 27, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #7

    Well if we are giving him another chance lets hope he takes it . Everybody can change if they really want too . His footballing skills are not to be doubted , he is when fit a very good player. Come on then Joey show us all that you are a better person and have learned from this . If not then stay away.

  • Bren

    Jul 27, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #8

    I think we should have sacked him, but if he’s staying, I suppose we have to get behind him. It worries me more that he’s our main attacking midfielder. I don’t think he’s good enough.

    It does show that Keegan is in charge. This is 100% his decision.

  • smithy

    Jul 27, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #9

    hes a class player and with this secound chance im sure heal do the right thing.

  • DanToon

    Jul 27, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #10

    Out just in time for a trip to mallorca, jammy git!

  • Pete

    Jul 27, 2008 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #11

    Just shows that we’re knee deep in shit when we have to keep a criminal in the team. Only reason he’s still here is that we can’t afford/can’t attract replacement and Ashley obviously don’t want to take on the financial loss of sacking him

  • Hadji

    Jul 27, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #12

    You got that right Pete,,,,i mean from the financial point of view.

  • joe

    Jul 27, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #13

    I’ll have to disagree pete. I think he is one of the best cm’s in the country on his day. Better than overrated jenas anyway.

  • Marty

    Jul 27, 2008 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #14

    Isn`t that gareth barry eatin his dust there???
    Is he worth 11 million more?
    Barton can be a grt player for us n hopefully this time cops himself on.

  • Marty

    Jul 27, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #15

    Wasn`t Kieron Dyer n big mouth RIO n many of the other England players taken up on charges of tryin to or raping a girl?
    That`s about the lowest of the lows there n they are still playing.

  • bailey

    Jul 27, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #16

    Wonder what kind of reaction KK would have if his daughter brought someone like Barton home to “meet the parents”.

  • anonymous

    Jul 27, 2008 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #17

    I assume we dont have money to buy another CM..

  • Mitch H

    Jul 27, 2008 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #18

    Good luck when yer get back Joey kidda.

    Get fit, keep yerself together lad & show em all how good you really are.

    Howay the lads !

  • Mitch H

    Jul 27, 2008 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #19

    Lets get this right.

    He’s been to court.

    He’s paid his dues.

    Now let the lad get on with his career & his life.

    All you “holier than thou” merchants make me sick to the stomach.

    This site is full of moaning bitches, with 80 % not from the area, let alone Geordies.

    The internet is the only place you mugs can get away with spouting your shite.

    Come to Newcastle, start bad mouthing the club in the boozers, or at the game, then you’ll find out about the real passion us *REAL GEORDIES* have for our club.

    Pop in the Adelphi any match day, we’ll gladly oblige ya.

  • Dave

    Jul 27, 2008 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #20

    Agree with Mitch!

    I’m from Whitley Bay, so pop into the Monkseaton Arms and spout your shizzle, you wont be warmed to!

  • normski1930z

    Jul 27, 2008 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #21

    here here mitch im the same cant be arsed with the holier than thou crew they talk like they have never had a punch up in there lifes….hypocrites in my book. hes done his time give the lad a chance…and if any of these characters want to pop into raffles on pink lane be my guest ..ill be first in the queue.

  • craig chisholm

    Jul 27, 2008 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #22

    the bottom line is that he is great player and we have no-one to take his place and the way ashley is holding the purse strings, if we let him go then as far as i am concerned, its just gonna be one less player in our already paper thin squad cos he will not be replaced! i am in favor of giving him another shot.

  • normski1930z

    Jul 27, 2008 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #23

    craig one thing is for sure if fat bloke doesnt invest he will find out very quickly what the fans think the same as bsa but then i also think he will just stay away and look for the buyer he wants…

  • craig chisholm

    Jul 27, 2008 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #24

    bailey… that statement is pointless. its all getting bent out of shape and too many have gone into mass hysteria mode and just soaked up all the crap thats in the rags. look at the facts cos thats all that matters. He is a great footballer and he loves newcastle. he has talent in bundles and we are footy fans at a team with NO BLOODY PLAYERS LEFT at the end of the day, nothing more. i want him in the team cos he is a great player, regardless of his passed problems. i dont think they are too bad to be honest anyway. Some of the 15 – 16 year olds that hang round my way are right little tossers. I think that at that age, if someone started spouting off to me giving me shit then i would not think twice about cuffing him, and i’m 38. there is normally two sides to every argument. i expect that there was some verbal provocation going on, there must have been. we just dont know.
    people do a dmaned site worse than joey…murderers and nonces go to jail for just a couple of years for what are real crimes, not just a storm in a tea cup. these people do half their sentences, come out, and are deemed to have served their dues, slate wiped clean and they are off on their way again being pervs. its a sad state of our country today when we here about joey barton kicking the shit out of some gobby kid constantly, but thousands get released from nick every week who have done so much worse. its all gone mad in our country. i know for a fact that when his name is read out on the team sheet he will get a massive roar of appoval from us.

  • Mitch H

    Jul 27, 2008 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #25


    Who are you speaking for?

    Most rational Geordies (there are a few ov us) remember only too well how Fat freddy ran the club.

    80 mill in debt, no european footy to re-coup the money. sacked Wor Bobby. employed Fat Sam, Souness& the like, & never spent one penny of his own money “NOT ONE PENNY “you get that bit”?

    Instead the fat greedy bastard took “MILLIONS” out in wages, shares etc.

    MA has cleared that 80 mill, started to develop our youth system & will, when the appropriate players become available, he’ll get “HIS” cash out.

    Pursading them to come is the difficult part.

    So, coming on here and banging on like a bitch only shows yourself up, & to a lesser extent us supporters & the club.

    If ya have nowt good to say, just had ya gob, coz its total drivel coming out at the minute.

    Oh & by the way, i’ve been a season ticket holder since 1992-93 season. &, i get to at least half the aways, so i’m very in touch with what the Toon faithful are thinking & your way off with all this doom & gloom.

  • normski1930z

    Jul 27, 2008 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #26

    mitch sorry kid you dont know me i dont know you and you want to call me a bitch do me a favour and call me that to my face and i would love it im actually waiting for it… come and get me kid i want you….

  • Mitch H

    Jul 27, 2008 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #27

    Back to the Barton (Mc Donalds) incident.

    I’ve watch both videos.

    10 mins inside Micky D’s, the other geeza mouthed offat Barton constantly.

    Outside, the same bloke, came bouncing up on his toes at Barton.

    Barton did what i’d have done & what plenty more would do too.

    The Diabo thing, a training ground incident, the end result, a black eye, woopy do.

    The cigar thing, the other lad tried to set light to his shirt. they where both full of drink.

    OK he aint an angel, but hey, who ov us really is at the end to the day.

    This is working class culture, all over the country this shit happens all the time. It aint brilliant, but its real life.

    Nuff said me thinks.

  • Mitch H

    Jul 27, 2008 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #28

    Contact Ed, give him your number, & i’ll call you a bitch alright, straight to yer fyas.

    Your mouths gonna get yer in trouble son, if you have the balls to get in touch.

    Go on, i dare ya?

    Have a good think little boy, coz i’m looking forward to meeting ya son.

  • Mitch H

    Jul 27, 2008 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #29

    Lets make this simple, Adelphi, any match day, ask for Mitch, (shaved heed, hansome & we’ll sort this like gentlemen.

  • normski1930z

    Jul 27, 2008 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #30

    lets have it …. you want some,ill have it who are ye coz am up fore it, lets have it am up for it lets have ye where ye from..coz id like a frisk with characters like you….

  • Dave

    Jul 27, 2008 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #31

    Howay lads you’re giving this website a bad rep. Ed will take off the comments if you carry on, do it the Geordie way and have a drinking competition! That’ll sort out the men from the boys.

  • Mitch H

    Jul 27, 2008 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #32

    Adelphi, any match day, just ask 4 Mitch.

    or get yer mobile number up? & we can do this soon.

  • Mitch H

    Jul 27, 2008 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #33

    apologies Ed, but the moaners & groaners just get to me real mad.

    They aint true fans, you carnt constantly slag the club if you luv the Toon.

  • Davies

    Jul 27, 2008 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #34

    Thug. Don’t want him at club, couldn’t give a toss what the hard men visiting for the day think.

    Unfortunately, it’s not my decision.

    Let’s hope that, if he is sticking about, he stops being an embarrassment to the club.

  • Davies

    Jul 27, 2008 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #35

    Again, I apologise, I know my comment was not particularly controversial, but I don’t want to wind anybody, it’s just my opinion.

    Whilst I don’t agree with many of the comments displayed here, I do appreciate that everybody sees this matter in their own way. It’s nice to see the passion for NUFC one way or another.

  • Luke

    Jul 27, 2008 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #36

    Keegan’s playing a dangerous game. I hope fans don’t turn against him on this one, but like you say ed, heart of gold. Fingers crossed.

  • None4Toon

    Jul 28, 2008 at 2:02 AM

    Comment #37

    why should the fans be against him? if he stays we support him as a player. if he plays well we suuport him as our mainstay midfield general. on his day he’ll be the perfect replacement for Butt. combined w/ Milner or (hopefully) Guthrie we’ll hv a decent all-round midfield engine. afterall he costed 5.8m and the last thing we want is the total writeoff

  • clinta

    Jul 28, 2008 at 2:42 AM

    Comment #38

    I wonder if the club would have such a soft line with joey if we weren’t so under manned in the centre of midfield?

    ed do you know what the final outcome was with his wages too? is he still on the silly money he was before, surely that’s not the case?

  • clinta

    Jul 28, 2008 at 3:20 AM

    Comment #39

    Rant Rant Rant!!

    so what’s beating up teenagers got to do with supporting the toon then ey? is that what a real geordie does or inspires to do is it?

    a real fan loves the club unquestionably, and will continue to be understandably annoyed/upset when the clubs goos name gets dragged down by players of the like of joey barton.

    some of you boys on here today will eat your words if he slips up again, and there’s always a good chance that’ll happen.

  • Ian

    Jul 28, 2008 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #40

    Since Ashley isnt putting forward any money we have little choice, if we dont get the midfield improved and defense then we are going to have a very tough season, Viduka and Owen arent 100% reliable and Carroll isnt brilliant, we may end up with Martins at the front on his own (or as good as) for a chunk of the season, if the team supporting him hasnt improved we will be in trouble as most of the top half of the premiership looks as strong as it did last year and may improve, Portsmouth and Man City will definately improve.

    We need every player we can get even if it includes Barton.

    As I said before we have totally messed up our public image with all of this stupid penny pinching stuff, none of it should have been aired in public and an enthusiatic approach to next year should have been broadcast they have made signing players twice as difficult for themselves.

    If we dont get at least two very good defenders we are going to struggle to stay up, unless we have a very lucky injury free season for everyone.


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