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 Â£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.