Newcastle Must Make Statement On Joey Barton

Joey Barton will return to Newcastle United this week with only a final warning, and it looks like he will not even have to take a previously threatened pay cut.


Joey Barton – are Newcastle ready to keep him?

Joey seems likely to retain his £65K a week wages.

The midfielder was released yesterday from Strangeways prison in Manchester after serving just less than half of a six-month sentence for assault.

It seems to us that Kevin Keegan has had his way with Barton at the club, and although there will be strict new rules for Barton, and he will be forced to get concentrated therapy for his anger tendencies, that seems to be about it.

It did seem that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley was determined to punish the player a month or so ago, and had told his agent, Willie McKay, that he would either have to accept a major wage cut or be sacked.

However, both the player and his agent seemed to be even insulted by that suggestion and duly refused it. That was bizarre to say the least, because any other normal employee would have been out on their ear months ago, if they had been convicted and sent to jail.

Since then we’re not sure what has happened with the situation.

Newcastle did have some hopes they could continue to hold his registration in the event of his dismissal, and then be able to get some compensation from any club employing him, but that possibility appears to have gone.

Lawyers have apparently made it clear to the Tyneside club, the only possibility of sacking the player and still getting back some of the £5.8M Newcastle paid Manchester City last summer, was by selling him abroad.

The Newcastle’s owner will also have not have been overjoyed by manager Kevin Keegan’s stance on Barton in Sunday’s Radio 5 interview, where he said he would give Barton another chance.

Ashley probably accepts that some rehabilitation followed by a possible sale of the midfielder, now looks the best way of recovering the club’s investment on him, which now of course looks like a deal that should never have been made by then manager Sam Allardyce.

Gordon Taylor, of the Professional Footballers’ Association, is optimistic that Newcastle can rehabilitate the midfielder.

“Hopefully Kevin can work his oracle with Joey and get his life back on track, both as a human being and a footballer. Along with the Sporting Chance clinic we’ve tried to help Joey, but you need to see some return.”

“It’s not been good but the lad does have ability and you keep hoping he can put it behind him and move on. Whether that will happen, I don’t know.”

But one thing that Mike Ashley has to learn in this new business of owning a famous football team, is that he must communicate more with the fans.

We haven’t heard a squeak from the club on lots of things this summer, including what they will do about Joey, so it’s hardly a surprise that all kinds of possibilities are making their rounds in the gossip press, on what will happen to the player.

It’s not an easy thing for Newcastle United to do – but they have to get off the fence and tell us, their fans, and the public,  what they plan to do with Joey Barton.

That’s some courage that’s needed from the club – right now.

Comments welcome.

45 comments so far

  • Nobby's Dad

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #1

    Lets have a statement off Barton first in which he shows some remorse and apologises to his victims, to the fans and the club!

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #2

    That’s a good point – he hasn’t said a squeak either, and never apologized to anybody.

  • Martin

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #3

    Yeah I agree Nobby’s Dad!

    I think the fans above ANYBODY else deserve an apology!

    We’re the one’s taking all the kickings from opposition supporters. We’re the one’s who are insulted when our club is seen as a farce in the press! We’re the one’s who shell out the money for his wages, his bonuses, his fast cars and expensive lifestyle!

    AND, ever worse, he came out in the press and branded us vicious!

  • James

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #4

    They’ve let his cell free because they know he’ll get into another fight before Christmas and be back behind bars.

    I love KK but he is SOOOOOOOOOOOO WRONG about Barton

  • sean667

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #5

    I do like barton as a player but do find it incredible that he can refuse to take a pay cut and continue to be payed while banged up.
    Us normal people would have been fired from our jobs and obviously not beed paid for our stay,,,,,,football seems to do its self a diservice and joey does need to take responsibility for the bad press for the club and supporters who backed him after his previous stupidity.

  • Spitfire

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #6

    Yeah it would be helpful if Barton showed some remorse and made a statement to us. I for one thought we should have got rid of him -but we haven’t so we have to make the best of a bad situation. It needs now to be managed carefully and quickly so everyone knows where they stand and we can change the focus of attention – look forwards not backwards. But ED you are right the club needs to smarten up of the communication side of things. I don’t think the board have actually got us fans sussed yet!! We need the drip feed of information probably more than any other set of fans. That might be a good thing or a bad thing I don’t know…. but it is a fact.

  • domtoon

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #7

    Funny thing is if he starts playing well for us and scoring some good goals for us next season, the Toon Army will chant his name and forget he ever went to jail.

    Sad, fickle, but true.

  • bailey

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #8

    I have just read about Jamie Tandey who was a young player at Man City. I was not aware that Barton had put a LIGHTED CIGAR in this players eye and at the time of KK management. I am not a supporter of the Sun but thank them for today showing the picture of this young man in todays edition. The picture has turned my stomach. I do not know how anyone could do this and it could have caused the loss of the eye although thankfully it has turned out to be ok. I am afraid that my opinion of KK in offering further support to Barton has gone way down. Regardless of the loss of money I now firmly believe that Barton should not be allowed to continue at NUFC. Until today I had actually thought that Bartons recent offences were the first but today it now shows to me that he must be out of control.

  • Bryan

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #9

    He should never play another game for NUFC. End of story.

  • sean667

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #10

    i do agree with all that has been said guys, however domtoon has a point and that is how it will be…….. untill barton messes up again which he will according to history.

  • Martin

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #11

    That’s the link for those pictures – bad craic like!

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 29, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #12

    I don’t agree with Barton’s behaviour but it is done and dusted now..the club don’t need to make any statements he is staying end of story.

    If Joey does not want to make an apology that is up to him if he doesn’t whatever.

    I still think he is an accident waiting to happen and I really hope he shines this season for us and not Strangeways United.

    Any News on our Man from Deportivo anyone?

  • Spitfire

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #13

    Hang on. I heard that Jamie Tandey had actually set alight to Bartons shirt as a prank and Barton reacted. That might be right or wrong and I am not defending Barton but there are always 2 sides to the story

  • murvar

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #14

    What a vindictive lot our fans are! The only thing Barton has done to us is play ineffectively. The Liverpool city centre incident was the only one during his time with us; the other stuff was before we signed him and we knew all about it. I agree that incident should be punished by the club – and heavily – and he has been dealt with in court. He should not be punished simply because he a) earns a lot of money, b) has a drink problem, or c) has an anger problem. The club must support him through the last 2 as other responsible employers would, at least until the trust is betrayed – and I would argue that one incident doesn’t constitute such a betrayal. The club should
    – get him to issue a statement of apology in the first programme v Bolton
    – play him in every reserve game if he’s fit, whether he is in the first team as well or not
    – get him to do loads of behind the scenes charity work
    – ensure he attends all his therapy sessions.

    And as for the Chairman – call me old-fashioned – but I preferred it when they were seen and not heard; although I would prefer it if this guy wasn’t seen either (especially when he’s being laddish in the stands as opoposed to being in the Boardroom where he belongs).

  • Faustino

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #15

    Ed… we’ve had a statement of the manager. Do you really think we need to hear from anyone else other that Jailbird Joey?

    In these cicrumstamnces it’s essential that KK be the only person with authority to speak on the matter. It sends the right message from SJP to the press.

  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #16

    This has got to be Joey Barton’s ‘Dogs chance’…
    …Further infringements will not be tolerated by all concerned!..
    …But, he’s done his time, his 1st & hopefully, last jail term…I for one, hope upon hope that he’s learned a valueble lesson & makes a monumental effort to change his errant ways…If not, he’s a goner!..Loads of people, sadly, actually need to be stopped & jailed to learn this lesson!..It’s just sad that he’s a NUFC player, ‘cos if he was a regular ‘man in the street’, it’s debateable wheather he would have been jailed for this if he wasn’t so high-profile!..

    …Please Joey, change your ways man & show us why we paid £6m for you & have stood by you!..
    …KK derserves to be repaid for his support!..
    …Not to mention: Mike Ashley, your teammates, family, friends & especially us, the Toon Army!..
    …Ho’way man, apologize to all for the let down & let’s get on with what you’re here to really do!..
    …Oh, i did mention it didn’t i?.. 😀

    …Can we move on now please?..

  • domtoon

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #17

    I think what he’s done is wrong but at the end of the day if KK backs Barton then we must back KK and in turn Barton.

    Everyone deserves, another another another chance, surely? He’s served his sentence and now he’s back – there’s the monetary issue to consider and if it’s true what I heard on the radio this morning that we can’t cut his wages (as some other club would snap him up), why shouldn’t we try to recoup our losses on him?

    Perhaps another disaster waiting to happen, but I’m sure the management have weighed up the pros and cons of keeping Joey on. After all, Joey has only one option – play well or go to hell. I also think there will be alot more control over his life outside of the club as well now.

    No-one can be THAT stupid…surely?

  • domtoon

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #18

    Well said PunkSkunk. Spray the love.

  • Davies

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #19

    Too many chances already, and as has already been pointed out, he hasn’t uttered a word of remorse. He should go. There is no intelligent arguement that would suggest otherwise.

    I appreciate that Keegan wants to give him a second chance, but you only have to type the words Joey Barton into google to see the long list of chances he’s been given already.

    I really don’t think he will change. I will have to stomach the manager’s decision to let him stay, but if he steps out of line again, no matter how small an offence, Keegan will look like a fool for trusting him, and he will be drummed out of the game for good, and for the good of all. We do not live in the age of the barbarian.

  • Ericles

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #20

    Nobby’s dad says a lot of sense. If Barton has no remorse then he’s carrying some serious personality baggage and will not change. We need to hear what Ashley thinks, we need to have an apology from Barton too. In the end I think we should be guided by KK. Wise is another leopard and should not even say a word.

  • dick

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #21

    I think he is he is really is so stupid, it wont be more than a couple of months before someone winds him up so much he’ll be in bother again, he’s got no self control

  • gorskino10

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #22

    so he will still be on 55/60k a week what a joke he should atleast go down to 45 and no one now will give him a deal like that. And I don’t feel he was in a posision to feel insulted were all insulted with joeys attitude and behaviour.

  • mushy

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #23

    I’m sure the majority of fans would love to draw a line under the whole sorry, sordid Barton affair and move on. But that’s never going to happen and do you know why? Because the gutter press will not allow it to happen. From here on in there will be a posse following him and watching his every move and the slightest indiscretion will be exagerrated and plastered all over papers.
    Therefore, the reality is, for the foreseeable future get ready for the stick coming our way.

    Any news on Coloccini yet?

  • Sav

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #24

    Look, Roy Keane broke a fellow footballer’s leg in a premeditated attack.
    Joey is a nasty tyke with anger management issues and a very dodgy home background who has served his sentence.
    I’d rather we’d signed better, but we didn’t so we may get on with it now. If the Sun and Mirror feel that strongly they can offer Ashley his £5million back to sack him. Until then, they can stfu.

  • ToonKing

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #25

    oh come on all ready guys, leave this subject and all your great morality alone.

    Joey’s back and i’m glad he’s back. All i care about is that he’s our best midfielder and if he scores 40 goals next season and wins us a spot in Europe and then goes on and kills 40 people……well let’ s say i’ll be a happy man, cause i don’t give a flying feck about what he does off the field.

  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #26

    Ta Domtoon!.. 😀

    …Strange, all the news items on t.v. last night were sayin’ he’s on £40k & all the web is sayin: £60k/65k etc…who’s right?..
    …Aw, i don’t care!.. i was bein’ rhetorical!..

  • Geordie Nick

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #27

    davies – ur totally wrong cos he has uttered words of remorse while in court and thats why he only got a suspended sentence for the dabo incident, the judge said it was because he showed a lot of remorse, and the court room is exactly where he should show remorse, not in a statement made to fans, cos at the end of the day it wasnt us fans that he attacked. he needed to apologise and show remorse to his victims and the court room was the place to do that as they would have been there. as far as im concerned he’s only had one second chance while at newcastle, and according to keegan hes a changec man since then.

  • lameduck

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #28

    This is a very dangerous stance by the club – if next season a Toon fan gets into a scuffle outside the ground, gets arrested and convicted then the club have a set of rules which will ban him for life – if it’s a football related incident then he would be banned from all grounds – yet Barton has managed to cover all aspects and STILL walks back into the changing room

    Hypocrisy leaves a long lasting sour taste

  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #29

    …& the sun/mirror/whomever have NEVER destroyed anyones life have they?..Just shows what hypocrits they are!..

  • Archie Brand

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #30

    I agree with just about everyone that Barton is not fit to wear the shirt, but lets not get too excited about this.
    First of all – it would not be ethical for Newcastle to say that Barton must take a pay cut or be sacked if he is still in contract. He’s either acceptable to the club or he’s not.

    Secondly – considering the lack of signings over the summer, maybe Keegan is just being a bit canny by keeping him on. There will come a time (African Nations Cup) when he can do a job for the club.

    What kind of state are we in when we are using the Sun as our main source of information?
    The Sun says that Barton stared at the camera defiantly. How do you stare at a camera defiantly?

    Finally – is it really necessary for the player to apologise for acts committed months or even years ago? How many times does he have to do this.

    Personally I think he’s a complete tosser but we really need to get behind Keegan, the club and Ashley. All this slagging off with still amonth of the transfer window to go is more than a bit premature.

    In case anyone has forgotten Ashley was introduced as a reclusive billionaire when he bought the club. I would have thought that expecting newspaper interviews and statements for every event shows a lack of understanding of the term “recluse”

    I’m generally not the conspiracy theory type but it definitely seems that people out there are doing everything they possibly can to stir things up for the Toon before the season starts.

  • Geordie Nick

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #31

    spitfire- yeah ur right the kid did set joey bartons shirt on fire while he was wearing it, but nobody mentions that do they cos its joey barton so it must be all his fault

  • geordie4life

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #32

    Hes done his time, i want to keep him cos if we sack him some other club will just sign him on a free, and if he does start scoring goals and playin like i know he can, and we shoot up the table i will be one of those fans chanting his name for sure!!!!

  • David Z

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #33

    Why be so inflammatory to suggest WE MUST HAVE A STATEMENT

    This is just turning our club into more of a soap opera. Let him get his head down and get on with his job – and stop all this speculation.

    As fans Newcastle although we bemoan media attention – i think so many actually crave it and create attention.

    When messrs Adams / Merson were in trouble at Arsenal they quietly got on with their jobs. Newcastle are attempting to do this – why cant we as fans just back it?

  • Geordie Nick

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #34

    geordie4life- thing is, everybody who is calling him on here, will be shouting his name as soon as he starts playing lyk we know he can, proper fickle

  • Geordie Nick

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #35

    david z- wats even more stupid, is tht ppl on here seem to think us fans are the ones who deserve an apology from him most, now if he was to make an apology shouldnt it be his victims who derserve it most since it was them tht he attacked and not us nufc fans

  • mushy

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #36

    Yes, and of those shouting his name… as soon as we sell him (which we eventually will), will call him worse than sh*te.
    Yeah, proper fickle

  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #37

    NUFC deserve any apology really, there the ones standing by him!..
    …His ‘victims’, well some of ’em prob derserved what they got, from what i’ve read…

    …Hear what y’sayin’ Geordie Nick, but us fans have to take all the usual crap from the press & other ‘fans’, so apologizin’ to us wouldn’t go a miss like…Know warra mean?..

  • mushy

    Jul 29, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #38

    I’m afraid the only way anyone will get an apology out of Barton is if he is made to.
    In Barton-world I’m sure he justifies all his actions as being the right thing to do: kid set fire to my shirt so I had to push my cigar in his eye, McDonald kid showed no respect so I had to inflict grievous bodily harm, Darbo was tackling too hard on the training ground so I had to punch and head-but till he was unconscious etc etc
    Unfortunately, too many on here demonstrate they also live in Barton-world.

  • Toonlad

    Jul 29, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #39

    I have mixed feelings about Barton. However, what I find unnnecessary at this stage of the pre-season is the likes of the Sun, dragging out of their cobweb – ridden scandal files, a story that is four years old. What next – Joey’s school report card and number of detentions? Oh, and of course, we haven’t scoured his old neighbourhood yet. There must be pages of good copy lurking there. Let’s keep stirring the brown stuff and keep it going in his face. Does the Sun want to go on goading him until they get a reaction? More good copy for the readers and surely an exclusive for their talented journalists. The lad has done his time for the convictions. Now let him get on with it and prove he can handle his emotions. He has undoubted talent, but he has to prove he can use it to help give the Toon a kick up the league ladder this season. If he fails to live up to expectations or becomes involved in any new incidents, and lets everyone down as a result, then get rid of him – as soon as possible.

  • Ross

    Jul 29, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #40

    spitfire-you’re right, or thats the story i’ve heard too.
    christmas party was it not? well anyway, when the story first broke quite a while back i remember hearing from a few sources that the lad mentioned something about the season barton had had to him, and tried to set his shirt on fire “for a laugh” or whatever.
    i dont condone bartons behaviour, but its quite clear now he’s still a newcastle player and we’re all newcastle fans.
    having said that, an apology would do alot for his image whether he means it or not.


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