Joey Barton Back Playing Soon – Keegan

The People and Setanta Sports are reporting that Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan thinks that Joey Barton could be playing for the Newcastle first-team in the near future.

Joey Barton – back soon in first team?

A return for Barton may not last too long however, as an FA hearing next month could result in a 15-game ban for the midfielder following his assault on former Manchester City team-mate Ousmane Dabo.

Keegan intends to appear in person at Barton’s hearing in a bid to back his player, despite some calls on Tyneside urging Barton to be sacked. The fans are nearly evenly divided with the slight majority thinking Joey should be retained by the club.

Kevin told the People today:

“I know a lot of people don’t agree with me, I have had lots of letters and I have seen all the postbags,”

“It is for me to make that decision on Barton and I have made what I think will turn out to be the right decision.”

“I would have thought that he has a chance of playing for the first team soon. He is back here and he’s up for selection.”

“But he is a little bit behind the others because he has missed all of pre-season.”

“That is what we are trying to catch up on but it won’t make any difference if we are home or away when I play him.”

We’ll have to see what happens at the FA Hearing that Joey has to attend, but we think he’ll be banned for some number of games, just don’t know exactly how many.

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • xfer

    Aug 24, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #1

    15 games would be really bad. But I dont understand why would the FA punish him AGAIN for the same mistake he made which he has been made to serve jail sentence. Is that not bad enough?

    Its like you get fine for speeding, after paying the ticket, your company charges you again.

  • Dan4Toon

    Aug 24, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #2

    Good if hes back playin because he is a good player and malouda could be coming 2 toon, dna if we need another winger like but he is still a very good player and wouldnt mind him !

  • Luke

    Aug 24, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #3

    The FA are out of their minds charging him. Yet another attempt at scapegoating, a lame attempt to deflect attention from the FA’s own infantile weakness. He’s already been to effin jail. It’s surely — and ironically — illegal to charge him again.

    One last chance Barton. Don’t fook it up!

  • andyglostoon

    Aug 24, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #5

    this is a new era for the toon,let him come back and if he messes up get rid ! i have faith in kev to do whats best for all .


    Aug 24, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #6

    we despsretly needs 3 more players and if they are going to be top players we will be knocking for the 4th place


    3 fantastic players for NEWCASTLE UNITED

  • Graham

    Aug 24, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #7

    I’m with Keegan on this one. Joey has received his punishment for this and the FA should not be getting involved 18 months down the line. They should have punished him there and then.

    Like him or loathe him, Barton brings something different to our midfield and we should all back him whenever he pulls a black & white shirt on. Think what you like of the man – he is a NUFC player and I believe he will come good – very good

  • robertsa

    Aug 24, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #8

    aslong as he stays on the back pages of newspapers and not on the front he will do for me.

  • Spyro

    Aug 24, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #9

    im with KK aswell, we clearly needed a player like him yesterday.

  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 24, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #10

    If he stays out of trouble and knuckles down fair enough,can’t see it happening myself though…last chance saloon for Joey..could be a great player but his baggage is getting rather heavy : )

  • dick

    Aug 24, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #11

    may as well play him untill FA ban him at least we might get something out of him this side of christmas, I’ve more concern about missing fans at yesterdays game, just read toon also gave away loads of complimentry tickets to school kids , just like mackems do to get their crowd figures up

  • Toon1978

    Aug 24, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #12


  • Toon1978

    Aug 24, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #13


    BARTON has not done his bloody time mate, he has done a few month at best for kicking the sh1t out of somebody. He had also chinned one of his team mated at Man City, he is also being sued for another incident. If this was you or me we would be locked up for the next 10 years pal. Just because he is a FAIRLY good player does not mean that the justice system should be lenient on him. This idiot needs locked up for his own good and for everybody else. One of his family members has already been jailed for f…ing murder so it obviously runs in the family. BARTON should be sacked from playing football ALL TOGETHER. Maybe he should be made to get a normal job, up a 6 in the morning 11 hour shift and back home for a few hours with your wife and kids before you a knackered and need your bed all for not of a fraction of what this IDIOT gets. Time for him to get in the real world, lock BARTON up and throw away the f…..g key.

  • sean667

    Aug 24, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #14

    agree with all the comments posted its time for eveyone to move on that includes the FA and the media

  • Toon1978

    Aug 24, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #15…..1745165281

    Keegan, Owen and Boring Megson and a to22er who says they would of been easy winners on another day. hahaha heard it all now.

  • liamtoonbirchy

    Aug 24, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #16

    barton will be good in centre midfield for us, especially in tough matches like bolton. We are still missing that star midfielder that we need lampard(chelsea) gerrard(l’pool) arteta(everton) etc.

  • Sav

    Aug 24, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #17

    The speeding analogy seems fair – you could be done by the cops and then get into trouble with your employer if a car is essential to your job. In Barton’s case, the law has been satisfied but his employer was Man City (for the Dabo incident). I think they may have fined him at the time, but if not, I don’t see it can be any business of Newcastle’s or of the FA. To punish Joey further now is essentially to punish his new club and plainly pointless.
    Maybe the FA should look to freeze transfers for players pending disciplinary inquiries, to prevent clubs like ManCity just transferring their problem.
    Ed, the calls for Joey’s sacking on Tyneside are under 50% but elsewhere they are more like 95%. That’s the point , for Toon1978, – its all very well but its £6 million of Mike Ashley’s money your talking about throwing away and to what purpose? – to let Barton sign on feeless elsewhere on an even bigger salary? That’s nowt to do with justice and more to do with window-dressing.
    The sad fact is, overpaid gobshites like Barton have their clubs by the short ‘n’ curlies as we may find out if he transgresses again.

  • Wallsend Will

    Aug 24, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #18

    No argument from me about Joey Barton. I don’t know him, never met him or ever likely too for that matter. However I have seen him play football and feel that he could become extremely useful to Newcastle’s midfield, given the time and a chance to improve. No matter what he’s done off the pitch he should be allowed to play. Criminal punishment has been served as I understand, and no doubt the current crop of Civil law suits now being pursued by various Plaintiffs intent on taking some or all of his money, will succeed. However the FA should listen carefully to what Kevin Keegan will be saying to them. That the spell in Jail has changed him, that he wants very much to play football and that he will stay out of trouble in future. A lengthy football ban by the FA will serve no useful purpose. It will only punish the Newcastle United Football Club.

  • dougnufc

    Aug 24, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #19

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  • Sal

    Aug 24, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #20

    I wanted rid of the scrote, but if KK is backing him, then so will I and so should the rest of the fans.

    The people that will suffer the most from a 15 game ban are us as fans and us as a club, seems a little harsh given the incident went down while he was a Citeh player, hopefully the FA will appreciate that.

    Give a a stinking great big fine, and stick him on yet another last warning, if he betrays KK’s faith then he can fook off from the game altogether for me.

  • The Entertainers

    Aug 24, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #21

    The FA are jumping on the band waggon and taking a moral high ground. EASY!

    These incidents happening everyweek at clubs training grounds (granted not as vicious) but they are in danger of setting a precident.

    If they punish Barton (again) then they will have to look into every training ground punch up and every ‘off field’ matter, incase it brings the game into disrepute.

    On the same note will they punish Capello if he is found guilty in Italy of tax offences. Never happened in England or on the pitch……but hey if it makes the press then hes bring the game into disrepute!……Will he get a 12 match ban?

    Bloody FA never interferes when they should and do when they shouldnt!


  • justeye

    Aug 24, 2008 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #22

    every player is entitled to make a mistake what happens off the pitch has got fook all to do with us anyway has no body ever had a few 2 many beers not defending his actions but hes served his time should we start banning players for driving offences or for committing adultry this has been blown out of proposion ive done worse than barton b4 and never recieved the punnishment hes got so all the comments like we would get ten years in prison for that is utter rubbish know your fact,.

  • Joe

    Aug 24, 2008 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #23

    Good to see Kev backing his man. I don’t fully a)understand b)rate c)back Barton but I believe once the manager backs a player, the fans back him. Otherwise whats the point? Lets forget the internal fightings that are supposedly going on with our wonderful club and get behind the club, the manager and the player.

  • Andrew Whitaker

    Aug 25, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #24

    Joey could still be a star for our club… only time will tell i guess!


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