Joey Barton To Meet With Newcastle Hierarchy

Joey Barton is reported to be scheduled to meet with Newcastle United officials today, following his release from prison yesterday.


Joey Barton – to meet with Newcastle officials today

The 25-year-old midfielder left Strangeways prison, in Manchester, yesterday, after serving 74 days of a six-month sentence for assault and affray.

As expected, Barton has been summoned, along with his agent, Willie McKay, for talks at Newcastle, which will determine whether he has a long-term future at St James’ Park or not.

Certainly there has been a furious backlash from Newcastle fans yesterday and today, as it appears the club will be giving Barton another chance.

We are careful not to say this is a second chance, because he’s already had multiple chances, and managed to squander every one of them.

So we think it important that once Newcastle have met with the player, that the club releases a statement, informing the fans and others, what their course of action will be.

We’ve all waited long enough for the club’s verdict on this.

Barton has to wear a tag as part of his early release, and will continue to receive treatment for alcohol-related issues.

We expect to hear from the club at the latest by tomorrow, on Joey Barton’s future, or lack of it, at the club.

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • Whitters

    Jul 29, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #1

    He needs support through this. Sack him and you can imagine he will re-offend, as football seems to be the main thing that he has in his life.

    He also has the potential to be a fantastic player for us – if KK and those involved with NUFC can help curb his problems

  • dingo

    Jul 29, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #2

    Welcome back Joey….. By the way hes only had one chance while at SJP, by way of the assault before christmas… the rest of his charge sheet happened before he got here……

  • dingo

    Jul 29, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #3

    For those of you that have never been inside or are not connected with family or friends that have, It is a traumatic experience for most. I am sure he will be MORE than relieved that he is out as will people close to him. He does not need anymore kicks in the arse……. He did the crime, now hes done the time.

    Expect big things from JB this season!

  • Jeremy9

    Jul 29, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #4

    Give him another chance. Keep some good people around him and keep an eye on him and try to better his life.

    I don’t like hearing the rumor that MA wants to cut his wages in half, I don’t think that does anything. It seems Ashley took care of quite a bit of debt, but all I seem to hear anymore is how he is trying to cut costs and how we have hardly signed anyone, although it seems we should be getting that new Argentine defender for 12/14, hope that gets resolved. My point, why is the billionaire owner being stingy?

  • Soren

    Jul 29, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #5

    Lets just remember the progress he has shown since joining the rehabilitation facility. After the Liverpool fight he has shown that he is ready to get his life straight, and his football since new year have been the best we’ve seen from him so far. So lets just welcome him back, because he will be great for us in the future. Its also only a good thing that KK is around, because he seems to get to him.

  • Bosck

    Jul 29, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #6

    on the subject of getting good people around him, the first thing to do would be to get joey barton in for the meeting and then slam and lock the door in willie mckays face.

    then the meeting can go far more frankly and honestly without that money grabber butting in and trying to make sure the deal suits himself. at least then whatever decision is made will be between the people that matter, the club and JB not some agent who only cares about his cash.

  • Lacedaemonian

    Jul 29, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #7

    I hope we stick by him and he pays us back both on and off the pitch. The responses so far on this blog contradict those purported by the media yesterday.

  • WesToon

    Jul 29, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #8

    PLS FFS JOEY…your time is NOW mate!! Prove them all wrong Lad,just relax & you could be such a good football player

  • irish magpie

    Jul 29, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #9

    I’m glad that most people on this site see sense and agree that joey is one of the best midfielders n the premiership on his day! we need to support him publicly declare this so that MA and the rest dont kick him out! if we show loyalty to him i can see him returning that with a career in the black and white…..

    also does anyone have any idea why MA is penny pinching when he so openly declared before that he wants to return this club to champions league football??

  • Bucks_mag

    Jul 29, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #10

    still think he’s a good player and he can do a job for us.
    btw what does ffs mean apart from Fat Freddy Shepherd?

  • dingo

    Jul 29, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #11

    FFS = For F**ks Sake

  • Jude

    Jul 29, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #12

    Welcome back Joey B. Lookin forward to gr8 explosive midfield play from u for many years to come.

  • normski1930z

    Jul 29, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #13

    christ i hope the deal for collacini doesnt fall through coz he will be a monster at the back for us….could be another ayala..heres hoping.

  • ToonKing

    Jul 29, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #14

    welcome back Joey, you have our support for sure.


    Jul 29, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #15

    I will never support the scum bag as long as he remains at the club. He should have been sacked.

  • JonGoodwyn

    Jul 29, 2008 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #16,,10278~1353591,00.html

    looks like thats all we’re getting

  • Yorkie Dave

    Jul 29, 2008 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #17

    confirmed by the club he is staying

  • bowburnmag

    Jul 29, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #18

    @dingo, I have experience of it through family but what we can’t ignore is that his previous indiscretions were common knowledge. Which means that whoever his employers were, he should have been tredding on eggshells. The only counter argument is that we’re seen to try and do the right thing by him and by society (as cliched as that sounds). That is, that we make him accountable for his actions in some way and that he can make strides forward. If we do that then conversely rather than being soft touches we’re opening ourselves up for criticism and arguably taking the more difficult route. Even though it will be argued both Barton and ourselves are benefitting from it. One thing I really hope for is a sincere message via the media from him. He has the communicative ability to convey a pretty effective message if he chooses to. That could do him and us a whole lot of favours. That could be followed swiftly by one from the club. At the moment, it just looks like we’re sweeping it under the carpet like it never happened.

  • Midjew

    Jul 29, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #19,,10278~1353591,00.html


  • Ericles

    Jul 29, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #20

    Have reflected on what has been said for and against on this site about Joey. I have always trusted KK and am going to on this one. It is up to Barton. Stick with the support you will get from NUFC and the fans and things will be better. Any more shananigans though and we will have to give the heave ho. Get fit to play for us lad.

  • lacedaemonian

    Jul 29, 2008 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #21

    John Terry, Anton Ferdinand, Jonathon Woodgate….. talk of brushing it under the carpet.

  • Midjew

    Jul 29, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #22

    Who cares if he stays AS LONG as he proves his worth.

    if we sell him or sack him we loose ALL value.

    if we keep him, we can at least have a squad player and never know maybe a great player proving himself

    we ALL make mistakes, so lets move on and see what he is made of!

  • Mitch H

    Jul 29, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #23

    Welcome home Joey.

    Good luck for the up-coming season, you have the class to become a Toon legend.

  • ToonTex

    Jul 29, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #24

    Get a great PR company. Make public statements about your transgressions being in the past and how you have learned from the experience. Be visible in charity work. Bend over backwards for supporters. Repeat.

    Do that for the next five years you can be a success story not a cautionary tale.

    Scoring goals throughout this process would be appreciated as well.

  • ToonDerry

    Jul 29, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #25

    i hate that all the media are sayin sack him he doesn deservre to play football etc if we had sacked another team would have come straight in and bought him for nothin and we would have lost a gem of a player.

  • bowburnmag

    Jul 29, 2008 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #26

    @lacedaemonian, that’s entirely my point though. He might well just come out and spin -“yeah, I fcuked up…..again. This time I’m going to try really hard etc etc”. Whatever soundbites and cliches that will appease the masses. The fact is, that since his offence he’s reportedly been a different person but rightly or wrongly his past has been dredged up and the perception is pretty ugly at the minute. That doesn’t reflect well on us either. He was sharp enough out of the blocks to come out and publicly condone us for our “vicious” attitudes. A contrite reflection of his own character and behaviour wouldn’t go amiss for me. Whether people argue how forthright it is or not.

  • bowburnmag

    Jul 29, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #27

    @lacedaemonian, or what ToonTex just said………

  • mushy

    Jul 29, 2008 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #28

    Some very wise words from the more erudite sections of this blog (Bowburnmag & Toontex).
    Lets hope those closest to the action are just as wise.

  • Davies

    Jul 29, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #29

    I think the damage he’s done to our club’s reputation by far outweighs his talent.

    For those of you saying that he has “our” support, please don’t, he doesn’t.

    We will remain divided on this matter until he proves that he is rehabilitated, or reoffends and goes back to prison.

    To win me over, he wil need to:

    Apologise to the people he has attacked, to his employers and to the fans who pay his wages, for his unacceptable conduct.

    Stop assaulting people.

    Stop drinking, he clearly can’t handle it.

    Stop being an embarassment to our club.

    We are all entitled to our opinions, and mine is that Joey Barton does not deserve a life of priviledge when his actions have already cost one youngster a possible career in football.

    It will be a long time before Mr Barton stops carrying the lable of “thug”, “liability” or “scumbag”, and he has nobody but himself to blame for it.

  • Mitch H

    Jul 29, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #30

    @ Davies,

    Who are u to say he hasnt got our support.

    He has KK’s.

    He has the club’s.

    & he has support from all the Toon lads i know.

    We all wish him the very best.

    So, who are you speaking on behalf?

  • Mitch H

    Jul 29, 2008 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #31

    @ Davies,

    “To win me over, he wil need to:

    Apologise to the people he has attacked, to his employers and to the fans who pay his wages, for his unacceptable conduct.

    Stop assaulting people.

    Stop drinking, he clearly can’t handle it.

    Stop being an embarassment to our club.”

    Again, who are you to tell Joey what he needs to do?

    Again, who are you? No one thats who.

    KK , MA & the club will let Joey know whats expected of him.

    As Toon fans, its our job to support the club, through hell & high water & bust our lungs at every home & away game.

    End of story.

  • Mitch H

    Jul 29, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #32

    Why carnt people concentrate on footy matters & leave the moralistic bullshit alone.

    This is a football site yer?

  • clinta

    Jul 30, 2008 at 2:10 AM

    Comment #33

    Can he even wear a tag on the pitch, or is it considered a banned form of jewellry?

    who knows, surely it probably hasn’t come up before?


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