Keegan Will Welcome Barton Back To Newcastle

Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan will welcome midfielder Joey Barton back to the Premier League club when he is released from prison.


Joey Barton – Keegan will welcome him back

This is not unexpected, but just how many chances Joey Barton will still get is debatable, and this could be his very last chance.

We will also be interested to know what happens with his contract, since Newcastle wanted to half his wages, as punishment for his offenses, but Barton and his agent Willie McKay have so far refused to do that.

However there’s probably nobody better to help the troubled player right now, than the Newcastle manager, who not only gets total respect from his players, but he also treats his players with dignity and respect.

Keegan told BBC Radio on Sunday:

“My view is to give him another chance and back him. He has served his sentence, he’s been punished for what he did wrong,”

“The world is littered with people who deserve a second chance, got that chance and took it with both hands.”

“I said I would stick by him and I intend to do that,”

Joey Barton is due to be released shortly, after serving a portion of his six-month sentence for beating up a teenager last year in the Liverpool City center around 5:30 am in the morning after a night of drinking by Barton and some of his friends.

Barton was also convicted this month of another assault and handed a suspended four-month sentence for knocking out his former Manchester City team mate, Ousmane Dabo during a training session on May 1st last year in Manchester.

The sentence was suspended for two years, and he was lucky to get off so lightly but had to serve about half of his 6 month jail sentence because of this additional suspended sentence.

Barton has just one England cap, and joined Newcastle United for £5.8M last July after the Dabo incident effectively ended his career with Manchester City. Then manager Stuart Pearce, who is now England’s Under-21 manager, immediately put Barton up for sale after that altercation.

Barton has been in Jail since late May, and if he serves 3 months of his sentence he would be due out around August 20th, but he may be released before then.

The Newcastle club have said they will put him into a club house in Newcastle, and get him significant anger counselling and use the Sporting Chance Clinic in Hampshire to its full capabilities.
Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • beye the great

    Jul 27, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #1

    i would say wall virginity but im not quite sure what it means

  • faustino

    Jul 27, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #2

    No surprises.

  • beye the great

    Jul 27, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #3

    i think barton should be given a 2nd chance fair enoug h this isnt his 2nd chance as he has ahd more but it is his 2nd chance at newcastle and i think with anger counciling he is doing something to put it right and also kev says he is a changed amn so he must be and lets not forget he can also be a good player

  • Michael

    Jul 27, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #4

    Should get the death penalty.

  • Mikey24

    Jul 27, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #5

    I think if he learns how to channel his anger properly he could be a cracking little player! Plus hopefully jail will have scared him enough to not go windmilling in fists first. Only time will tell but luckily KK is the master of last chance saloon!

  • Nick Dryden

    Jul 27, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #6

    His 300th second chance. Sorry KK has lost me on this

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 27, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #7

    Personally think we would not have the funds available to replace him hence the decision to keep him.

    He is a bad lad but I like him and hopefully he can buckle down between now and january and if he can’t keep out of trouble sell him.

  • Nenad The Serbian Mag

    Jul 27, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #8

    Well… Let’s consider it a signing, eh?

    Play football, boy, and don’t forget to bring your brain with ya…

  • Tommy K

    Jul 27, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #9

    Best news of the summer so far. Comon Joey show us your top form.

  • craig

    Jul 27, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #10

    think we should keep barton he is a good player just need to keep him out of trouble plus we have no money to replace him

  • valle

    Jul 27, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #11

    i still dont think he deserves those 60k wages he is one while he is unable to perform his duty to the fullest.

  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 27, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #12

    KK has said this all along, so we must give the lad a chance too, like it or not!..
    Like Nenad says, consider it a new signing!..

  • Irish John

    Jul 27, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #13

    good news for me….

    But this will be Barton’s very last chance for newcastle and he’s career..If anything else happens like before and he gets sacked i can’t see any club taking him. I think he will know this as well so im expecting a massive improvement in he’s performances and he’s behavior …

    At the end off the day, Barton on he’s day is a top class footballer and i really hope we see that

  • Wallsend Will

    Jul 27, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #14

    I agree with micky24. KK has that special something and will make him a better player and person. I hope so, because despite all the talk about defensive cover, we need more strength, flair and quality in the midfield area to make any impact in the league this year.

  • scott9

    Jul 27, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #15

    we need to give him another chance for a few reasons
    he is our best midfileder by an absolute mile
    2. if u had to pik newcastles 4 best players he would no doubt be one of them.
    3. he is they only midfielder in our team that can attack defend and pick out a decent pass.
    4.ashely is not poutting his hand in his pocket to buy a top qaulity midfilder as he will not pay the wages as we hav seen with aimar.

  • bri

    Jul 27, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #16

    i think because of the size of our squad we had to keep him.if we had a 30 man squad he would have been sacked,he has got away with murder IMOin more ways than one

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 27, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #17

    as scott9 said, our best cm by an absolute mile, on his day he is brilliant, how much would it cost to replace a player in his position of his quality? more than we bought him for.


    Jul 27, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #18

    Hobsons choice innit.

  • dick

    Jul 27, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #19

    need to keep him only because we are so short of players, looks like duff had his one good game of the season against pool, against a better team yesterday totally useless again

  • Bryan

    Jul 27, 2008 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #20

    If you are me were convicted like Barton we would have been sacked by our employers as soon as we left the courtroom.
    NUFC missed a great oppertunity in not sacking him as they should of done. What message does this send out to the young kids who support our club.
    I am all for giving people a second chance, but how many times has Barton stuck 2 fingers up to all the second chances he as already had?
    I am afraid this is one of the worst desisions the club, and KK have made to date and its all been done because of money. The club did not what to lose out on a future transfer fee, and this is what makes it so sad. We can clearly see where NUFC principles lie on such matters.
    Is MA really a billionaire? what has happened during the summer with us shopping at Aldi as opposed to Harrods makes me doudt this.
    I look forward to another relegation battle with 7 or 8 teams this year.

  • Karl - Fenham Hustler

    Jul 27, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #21

    personally i think he’s mint, and still one of my favourite players at the club.. we’ve all done stuff we’re not proud of.. It was a chuffing stupid thing to do.. But cantona came back stunning

  • reillers

    Jul 27, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #22

    I’m glad he’s getting a second chance..well another chance. But I think it needs to be his last one, his last chance, this has to be it and hopefully he’ll realize it. It’s more then a wee bit irritating because he can be such a good player. He needs to be left alone by the media, concentrate completely on football and keep control of his temper. He’s a brilliant player but he needs to grow up.

  • toon4lyf

    Jul 27, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #23

    we shouldnt have sold emre
    we nearly have to keep barton now cusb of d tiny squad

  • dingo

    Jul 27, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #24

    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 this season.

  • Nick Dryden

    Jul 27, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #25

    For ….sake, It’s not about the size of the squad or how good he is alleged to be.
    Don’t seriously mention him in the same breath as Cantona. Cantona was a one off incident when someone called his mum a whore, not out on the piss when he should have at least been with the squad for his 60K a week.
    It absolutely stinks and as a club can we look ourselves in the face? I don’t think so.
    Between Owen’s greed, Barton’s thuggery, Duff and Smith’s patheticness and Taylor’s almighty gob, I truly despair.
    No one in the top 6, let alone 4 would touch Barton, why the hell are we? Is it the great spirit he brings to the dressing room – not!!!!!!!!!

  • Michael12

    Jul 28, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #26

    What is concerining is that if this is not reason enough to sack him, then there must be another reason why we have given him a second chance.

    Note, we have not let anyone of our typical first team players leave. We have released the likes of carr but that is hardley making moves. We are keeping all the players we had last season suggesting we have no intention of buying anyone new.

    Typically no sales means no buying. Owens Contract talks are procrastinated and when frustrations settles in the fans, they will announce they have just signed Owen on a new Deal making it feel like a nother new signing.

    Mark my words, there is no further transfer activity for Newcastle save maybe one more new face. If players would rather go to Sunderland rather then Newcastle, it is no wonder we find ourselves in the mud


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