Keegan Not Trying To Send Any Message

Kevin Keegan was a little surprised there was so much controversy, when he brought on Joey Barton in the 89th minute of the game on Saturday at the Emirates.

Joey Barton – controversy certain to follow him
Kevin said yesterday:

“You saw every player that I have got. That was it. That was why I decided to put Joey on the bench. It wasn’t to do with anything other than that,”

“Joey went on and, for five minutes, did well. He is going to have to play somewhere.” “As a manager, you look at the situation when you look around your bench.”

“Habib Beye has had an Achilles problem and Jonas (Gutierrez) had run every blade of grass on the pitch. I’m scared of him pulling up.”

“So I put Joey on because I looked at my bench and, to be honest with you, if you’re doing your job properly he is the next player to put on as opposed to a 16 or 17-year-old kid.”

We think it was a little strange to bring on two players in the 89th minute (David Edgar was also brought on),  but we think it was just to give the two of them a taste of the first team again.

But there’s little doubt that Barton will be booed heavily, once he eventually returns to action for Newcastle, whenever that may be.

We should know the answer to that question this coming Friday, when he will appear before an FA Disciplinary Committee, with his manager Kevin Keegan there to support him.

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • Warwick Hunt

    Sep 1, 2008 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #1

    Xisco looks to be on his way over here, no absolutely nothing about him but there is liks on previous posting about him.

  • brutooooon

    Sep 1, 2008 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #2

    i like joey barton….he can scare the opponents and shit them in their pants…..

    look at nasri when barton smile at him after the tackle – a sarcasism(sp?) smile

  • Pete

    Sep 1, 2008 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #3

    have it on good authority we are signing Effin Nowongood.

  • scott9

    Sep 1, 2008 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #4

    maybe we will bring in gonzalez xisco atouba but i think we definatley need another centre back why the hell did we sell faye

  • Tripp

    Sep 1, 2008 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #5

    Gooners are throwing a strop over it. Pretty funny, really. Unfortunately, you tube yanked footage of it. I’d like to see it. Supposedly he followed through with his arm. What do people think?

  • Tripp

    Sep 1, 2008 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #6

    Faye obviously wanted to go.

  • scott9

    Sep 1, 2008 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #7

    ye i just cnt understand why he wanted to go though y the hell wud u want to go to stoke i mean it wasnt as if he wasnt gonna get a game for us

  • Spyro

    Sep 1, 2008 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #8

    i think Barton deserve a medal for it. Clichy should be the next target after his cocky comments after the match. Little french prat. Who remembers when he tried to square up to fitz hall and fitz hall just stood over him and shouted in his face, lil old clichy ran away like a scolded dog lol

  • Glenn_United

    Sep 1, 2008 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #9

    don’t really like barton, but he did nothing wrong in the tackle on nasri, he got the ball fairly, hense the cheeky smile, but nasri the dirty little shit, chopped him (Joey) down…and deserved the yellow card which can only be given once the ball is out of play, as it was an off the ball challenge, which the referee cannot act on until a break in play!!! BUT ROB STILES IS A SHIT REFEREE STILL!!!!!!

  • Yeomsta

    Sep 1, 2008 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #10

    Xisco scoring record:-

    Deportivo 07/08 – 25 games 9 goals
    Vecindaro (loan) 06/07 – 27 games 13 goals
    Deportivo 05/06 – 11 games 1 goal
    Deportivo B Team 05/06 – 20 games 14 goals
    Deportivo 04/05 – 7 games 2 goals
    Deportivo B Team 04/05 – 15 games 8 goals
    Deportivo B Team 03/04 – 23 games 17 goals

    (i posted this on the last article but it was the last comment before this one was put up so added here aswell lol)

  • nufc91

    Sep 1, 2008 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #11

    look i dont want to like build your hopes up too much but i was reading on the deportivo forums, and they are absolutely gutted:

    Apparently, Newcastle made an offer and Depor are happy with it. He’s on his way to Newcastle tonight and has a medical and has to agree personal terms. So I’d say there’s about a 75-80% chance of this happening.

    He has good strength technique skill and for his height has tremendous speed. What i liked the best was that he has been described as having fantastic accuracy which is always growing. He’s only 22

    I dont know what you think but this guy…well he could be a real steal

  • Spyro

    Sep 1, 2008 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #12

    xisco rumour has picked up, its now on newsnow

  • Robby Bobson

    Sep 1, 2008 at 1:18 AM

    Comment #13

    Seeing as it would be more appropraite for this message on this thread ill copy it from the other one.

    Times was litteraly applauding how Nasri hacked down Barton off the ball.

    But the French contingent made Barton look stupid and may regard it as poetic justice. Gaël Clichy nutmegged him and Nasri clipped his heels so that Barton was left on the ground looking hapless and indignant as play continued. “We know the guy [Barton], he wanted to make something for his first game back, but Samir did well and I’m proud of him,” Clichy said.

    Well, i think Clichy or Nasri should have FA sanctions, even just a warning, because you cannot say Nasri did well by hacking down a fellow profesisonal off the ball deliberately.

    So apparently its ok to kick players now according to Arsenal and the Times. Then again its Joey Barton and Newcastle so why wouldn’t the press support it.

  • Ross

    Sep 1, 2008 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #14

    Tripp-he didnt follow through with his arm at all. a tackle has literally been blown all out of proportion.
    nasri had the ball on the wing, barton came in from behind him, side on,went to ground ,and won the ball with a tough tackle, put it straight out of play. that was it. literally, it would be praised for a few seconds/go un noticed if it was ANYONE else, in any league, in any country.

  • Chris F

    Sep 1, 2008 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #15

    If clichy has said that, he should be hit with a fine for bringing the game into disrepute.

    hardly in the spirit of fair play is it?

    even if barton is an arsehole.

  • Symo22

    Sep 1, 2008 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #16

    Im going out to buy a Xisco shirt tomoz, 3 more players needed tho!!! Defender ZAYETTE , Atouba look likey hopefully not Atiouba tho !!! Then need Per (Rosneborg) player and this Xisco!! That would be a great day!!! shuldnt sell smith to everton even tho he is useless but need to keep the numbers!!!

  • clinta

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:01 AM

    Comment #17

    We need cover in the middle more than ever, Joeys going to atleast get a few game ban, and we have no one else creative in the midfield, butt can’t attack and is getting on, geremi we’ll the same, and guthrie while his done well should really be cover for the next couple seasons, remember one for the future wasn’t it?

    another cb too, if collo gets injured were in real trouble, as i can’t see bassong and taylor coping well together week in and out.

  • Tripp

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:34 AM

    Comment #18

    Ross, I finally found a video of it. He did kinda lean into it, but yeah, I don’t think there’s really all that much in it. Seems the smirk is what really stirred the pot. I wonder what Nasri was saying to him that made him smirk like that.

    Did find a Gooner blog post that makes the same point as you, blown out of proportion that is.

  • Sav

    Sep 1, 2008 at 4:25 AM

    Comment #19

    And here’s a video of The Xisco Kid getting a hat-trick. Our boy is the head-banger in the head-band.

  • vaardo

    Sep 1, 2008 at 5:12 AM

    Comment #20

    @Robby Bobson: get out of your pints mate. Are you seriously caling Barton a “fellow profesisonal” of Nasri or Clichy’s. Those two are world class players. Barton is a felon. Seconds after sad old Keegan brings him on he slides in studs up and follows through Nasri’s knee.

    Proper NU fans should be ashamed of Barton wearing the shirt. I guess if you can’t play football this what you applaud and encourage …UFC style conduct on the footy pitch? Enjoy the relegation battle lads. At least you know Spurs will be at the very bottom. Up the Arsenal!!

  • Marty

    Sep 1, 2008 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #21

    Joey will get booed at every away game this season,he will just have to get on with it


    Sep 1, 2008 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #22

    Why? I cannot understand when fans booh any of our lads! This simply isn’t the help he needs now!! Shame on you booh-ers!

  • KS

    Sep 1, 2008 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #23

    I think he means by the oppositions fans, not our own…

  • Lasse

    Sep 1, 2008 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #24

    I have seen Xisco a couple of times last season. Interesting player which caught my attention. Still young and WAAAAY better then Bambi and Smithy.
    This is a good piece of business i believe.

  • nick

    Sep 1, 2008 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #25

    Elfer – Barton turns my stomach. No I haven’t booed him, but I am sickened that he is still playing for us.

    Barton is a total scumbag who stops French players coming to us and kids watching us

    The way KK sticks up for Barton, Smith, Owen etc is nauseating and not the KK I remember, pre him taking the England job.

  • Davies

    Sep 1, 2008 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #26

    It’s over and done with now. At least Barton isn’t afraid to get a tackle in.

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 4, 2008 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #27

    keegan has quit


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