As we reported yesterday the FA have rather surprisingly decided to charge Joey Barton for his attack on Ousmane Dabo, when both were at Manchester City.
Kevin Keegan – blow with potential Barton ban
But Keegan stayed upbeat today, and set his sights on winning the Mallorca Cup over the weekend.
The FAâ€™s decision to charge Barton apparently came as a complete surprise to the club yesterday afternoon, when they first heard the news.
News today and yesterday, suggesting a 15-match ban for the controversial midfielder, has been deliberately leaked by sources at the FA.
Barton is expected to appeal and ask for a personal hearing, but if a 15-match ban does turn out to go into effect, it will be a big blow to both the player and the club.
How many times does Barton get to be punished for what he did, very bad as it no doubt was?
A potential Barton ban is just one reason we think Newcastle will need to bring in another central midfield player, before the end of the month.
Of course Newcastle will also be paying the price, even though the player was at Manchester City when the altercation took place.
A difficult one for the English FA to explain – but logic has never been their strong point, and we are not fans, as you may suspect.
This is the lot that appointed Steve McClaren as England manager, when absolutely nothing in his record pointed to deserving any such job.
They also had the audacity to request an interview with Guus Hiddink, to see if he measured up to the England job, and Guus rightly told them where they could go.
They are so out of touch with reality, that it’s embarrassing.
Barton has until August 13th to respond to the charge, and the Newcastle club yesterday confirmed Joey will seek a personal hearing, and the case will be heard by an independent regulatory commission on a date still to be set.
But Kevin is nothing if not upbeat (and good for him) and he continued:
â€œI have always tried to win every competition I have entered, and the Mallorca Summer Cup will be no different.â€
As we said, Kevin refuses to be downbeat about anything, and we’re so pleased to have him back a Newcastle again.
We also think he could still shock a lot of people next season – we hope so anyway.