Newcastle Issue Statement – Barton To Remain At Club

The Newcastle United Football Club have now issued a statement concerning Joey Barton.


The statement read as follows on the Newcastle United web site:

Newcastle United officials can confirm they have met with Joey Barton today (July 29th) following which it has been agreed by everyone involved that Joey will remain with the Club.

The Club will not be making any further comment on the matter.

This is not too surprising, since we feel that if the club was going to sack Joey, they would have done it by now. However, whether this is the right thing to do is another matter, and this will not come as good news to lots of Newcastle fans.

Please let us know what you feel about his in our latest poll – should Newcastle be keeping Joey Barton?

Comments welcome.

128 comments so far

  • mutoids

    Jul 29, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #1

    oh well :S

  • Lull

    Jul 29, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #2

    Welcome back Joey 🙂

    p/s: Dont be a Thug no more

  • Tom

    Jul 29, 2008 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #3

    I think financially, and taking our squad size into account, this is the right option. Its up to Joey now though, he has to get his finger out and repay Kev for this faith, this last chance!

  • Chicken

    Jul 29, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #4

    I’ve already said it on another thread, but I’m never going back to St. James’ as long as JB is a Newcastle player. I refuse to have any part (no matter how insignificant) in paying good money to bad news.
    There have been some pretty sh!tty times at the Toon in recent years but this is the darkest day of all IMO. 🙁

  • Lew Davies

    Jul 29, 2008 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #5

    I have mixed feelings about this, but I do think JB should come out with a public statement/ apology. But he is probably too arrogant to do this! 🙁
    Not sure how long he will remain out of trouble for. Hopefully forever, but the jury’s out………………. for now……

  • ToonEskimo

    Jul 29, 2008 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #6


  • ToonEskimo

    Jul 29, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #7

    Lew if you remember last year at this time, Barton was putting out statements left right and centre and here we were saying “what a canny lad Joey is” and “toon legend” he’s made us look a right bunch of mugs…..

  • Lew Davies

    Jul 29, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #8

    Chicken – Get over it man lifes too short. I understand how you feel, but your staying away wont change anything. You are just spiting yourself. Maybe booing him on the pitch will be more productive……You wont be the only one. I am sorely tempted myself. Especially if he doesnt come out with a public apology. I think he owes us that at least.

  • Geordie Nick

    Jul 29, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #9

    chicken- good riddance to you then, obvioulsy not much of a supporter r u!!!!
    far too many moral crusaders on here, some ppl really need to get off their high horse FFS!!!

  • jon jo

    Jul 29, 2008 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #10

    the size ov our squad
    this is the right decision
    welcome back joe

    true fans would forgive jo and give him his last chance well done kev

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 29, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #11

    Cmon Joey!!

    Hope to see some flying tackles on Wayne Rooney, god that guy needs a beat down. If half of Rooney’s lunges would have connected with players id hate to think how many careers he would have injured. The stupid petulant chav.

  • davey

    Jul 29, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #12

    mike tyson for centre half and charlie manson on the wing.

  • jon jo

    Jul 29, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #13

    totally agree geordie nick

  • Lew Davies

    Jul 29, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #14

    ToonEskimo – Yes I do feel a bit like a mug at the moment. Originally I felt just like Chicken above, but now we know he is staying, I just dont know. One thing is for sure he better be fantastic this season. (though I’m not even that optomistic anymore)

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 29, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #15

    C’mon Joey!!

    I hope to see some flying tackles on the petulant little chav that is Wayne Rooney.

    The guy needs a good beat down. If some of Rooney’s lunges had connected with the intended player i’d hate to know how many careers he would have ended.

  • RamyNUFC

    Jul 29, 2008 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #16

    We need all the players we can get at the minute. This is Bartons last chance to play at this level, if he screws up he’ll never play at a top club again. Verdicts out for me but i hope we look back and say KK done the right thing.

  • BennAllen

    Jul 29, 2008 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #17

    look at that poll.. oh how peoples feelings.. change.. i hate that! i always wanted joey at the club though

  • domtoon

    Jul 29, 2008 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #18

    Chicken how can you call this worse than being pounded by Man U last season?

    Don’t be a prat.

  • Stami

    Jul 29, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #19

    i think he should be given his LAST chance by the club. i too think that some form of community service should be served by Barton for his actions, jail time was one thing, but now he needs to repay the club for what he put us through! Maybe coaching some youngsters for a season or doing charity work in a hospital with kids with cancer would do him the world of good as a person! I for one am willing to give him his last chance, and will NOT be booing him in a TOON shirt…!

  • toonoot

    Jul 29, 2008 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #20

    Let’s see all those fans with double standards fall off their high horses. Good luck Joey.

    On a ‘less’ mature note – take a decko of this:

    Complaints welcome 🙂

  • acurley

    Jul 29, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #21

    I Agree with geordie nick.
    Chicken, I think you’re overreacting.
    While this is Bad, is it worse than Bowyer and Dyer trying to knock 6 shades of pink off one another off the ball, in the middle of a game, at home, against Aston villa!
    How about FFS Sacking Bobby Robson only to move forward with the “legendary” Grame Souness.
    These to name a few and this may be the Kick up the once exposed backside he needs to stay off the sauce and seek some anger management therapy.
    Come on Barton, As long as you wear that shirt, you have my support!!!
    Come on the TOON!!!!

  • Sun'lun's Burnin'

    Jul 29, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #22

    @ Chicken

    Well done mate, you have just made shown yourself up to be a complete FANNY!! lol

    stop being such a little girl and go support the team! u chicken or something!?!?!

  • Kaler

    Jul 29, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #23

    Far too many people on high horses. I want what is best for Newcastle United Football Club and right now that is keeping Joey Barton. I’m not saying that what he did was OK but all i’m saying is the Toon doing well is more important to me than getting pissy over what is morally right and wrong. Christ he didn’t kill anyone, he had a couple of scraps, it happens everyday, its unfortunate but get over it. At the end of the day he has the potential to be a great player for our club and thats all that matters to me, selfish, maybe, but thats how I feel.

  • HeronMag

    Jul 29, 2008 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #24

    Jailbird Joey has a second chance. If he takes it, changes his attitude and plays well he could be a vital player for us. If not, we should let him go.

  • toonoot

    Jul 29, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #25

    Looking forward to hearing the opposition’s chants?

  • Phil

    Jul 29, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #26

    In what way is having a thug like joey barton in our team “what’s best for newcastle”?

    I don’t want him on moral grounds.

    But more importantly I don’t want him because it’s only a matter of time before he does something else stupid and disgraces this club again.

  • Allman20

    Jul 29, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #27

    Good to have him back if you ask me!

  • staffsmag

    Jul 29, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #28

    Can I just say – what he has done is wrong. He has been punished and it will be him that has to face the chants from oppo fans next season. Keegan is giving him the chance to be the bigger man and we as supporters have to let him do that. We need to get behind him and if he is playing shite get onto him about that but not what he has done in the past – we want what is best for the team and hopefully he will repay KK’s faith in him and in turn bring something to the team. Keegan knows how to deal with people like Barton lets give him the chance !!!!!

  • goochy23

    Jul 29, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #29

    the guy 4 me is wat a footballer shud be commited , determined and a honest pro, on the field

    off it hes the scruff u see in the precinct giving dirty looks at everyone with a hoodie over his hed.

    a complete tool but can we afford not to keep him? hes our best central midfielder.

    the question is can he stay out of trouble

  • Midjew

    Jul 29, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #30

    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!

  • Midjew

    Jul 29, 2008 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #31

    Ed – Was just looking at your transfer list on right of the screen and realised

    After our summer dealings we are still 1.8m in profit.

    HOW cool.

    We havent ACTUALLY spent a PENNY! Actually we have GAINED MONEY!


    We need to spend at least 20m this window and maybe a further 10-15m in Jan

  • Will

    Jul 29, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #32

    I’m happy.

    The fact is that most young people will become thugs because of poor up-bringings and the rest of it, not JUST because of crazy celebrities.
    I think if we give him a chance and he proves himself, like he did towards the end of last season, then he also has the chance to become a good role model. Proving you can redeem yourself, but this is yet to be seen possible.

  • Faustino

    Jul 29, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #33

    Oh for god sake Chicken…where was your morals when multi- GBH charged Duncan ferguson was at the club, or Bowyer accused of beating someone senseless and finally my name sake who has been up on more guns and drugs charges than Gandolfini. In fact surely, when Cantona kicked someone square in the face in the middle of a game you should have boycotted sport as a whole.

    Football is about young men and young men are agressive and misbehaved. A guy from the lower leagues just got tanked on booze for two days took his car out and killed someone.

    However, to examine morality – Dabo…yeah somehtings missing from that. Dabo is clearly the bigger guy and there is no way Barton smacked him about for nothing. Still though, not clever and undoubtedly wrong.

    The cigar thing…sorry thats just charvas for you. I grew up with a load that used to stab each other with forks. TBH a bigger kid put a cigarette out on my cheek at school and nothing happened to him either.

    Now my fave…. the little ‘innocent’ charver. Anyone who doesn’t know what’s going on INSTANTLY in that cctv is either a very sheltered individual or hasn’t been to the North of England after dark for many many years. That kid had it coming and as is usual in these circumstances when crying to the police when he got chinned.

    If you live in a predominently working class area that is victim to ferral kids and huge violence issues and been party to the atoganisation and threats and have never thought of doing what he did, then your a bigger man that I. If not get of your high horse about him beating up a kid. He didnt, he beat a very real and undoubtedley very cocky, agressive little b*stard. and someone who just made out like a bandit in compensation given imo, he started it.

  • macitect

    Jul 29, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #34

    I am glad the club is sticking by this lad – and KK especially. I really, sincerely hope that if Barton’s problems are as bad as everyone seems to be making them out to be that he repays KK’s faith and plays his heart out for the Toon and keeps himself out of trouble.

    Welcome back Joey!

  • chinzaknuk

    Jul 29, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #35

    Could never make my mind up about JB but now that the club has said he’s staying then i’ll support him like any other player, he’s done his time.

    The video footage of the attck he made on the guy in Liverpool has me a bit puzzled, the guy who is getting hit had a few chances to just run away but he kept going back to JB and his crowd, maybe he was too plastered to know what was going on but maybe he was giving a load of verbals and just wouldn’t shut up.

    Anyway i agree with what many have said though that he needs to make some sort of statement, apologise if he feels he should but at the least for me he has to show his intent for the future and show his commitment to this club.

  • macitect

    Jul 29, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #36

    @ Faustino –

    Thanks so much for the reality check!!! Your message is the most refreshing take on this silly Barton debacle I’ve seen in a long time!

  • chinzaknuk

    Jul 29, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #37

    @ Faustino – Think we’re on the same wavelength F – the guy just wouldn’t ?uck off

  • domtoon

    Jul 29, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #38

    Faustino well said mate.

  • staffsmag

    Jul 29, 2008 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #39

    Faustino – very well said !!!! Howay the lads (all of them ) 🙂

  • DC Magpie

    Jul 29, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #40

    and it was hardly a beating, really just a slapping.

    anyways, not good publicity and something we def do not need at our club….

    …what we do need is a young, energetic, combative, English, CM, hungry enough to be challenging for an international spot and creative enough to unlock defenses with a killer pass….oh wait I’m talking about the same guy

    if Joey can quickly regain the standard he showed at the end of last season then everyone will forget all about his petulance and be singing his praises. I for one think he’s a classy player.

    well done to NUFC for not throwing the baby out with the bath water.


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