Warren Barton Sorry For Fans and Players


Warren Barton feels that Newcastle United have been thrust into chaos after the resignation of Kevin Keegan last night.

Warren Barton – in sunny Newcastle – and doing very well in USA

Warren Barton joined the new look LA Galaxy staff under former US National Team Head Coach Bruce Arena and Warren also serves over here as a FOX Soccer Channel (Sky) analyst  for the Premier League on the weekends and is to work during the week with the Major League Soccer sides’ U-18 team.

In fact Warren was one of the hosts in the studio for last Saturday’s Arsenal Newcastle game, which Arsenal won rather easily 3-0, and he came across very well indeed, and obviously knows his stuff.

The former Newcastle left back was part of the Newcastle United playing staff back in 1997 when Keegan left,  after his first stint in charge and has been saddened by a sensational second departure.

Barton said last night:

“If the board thought they had protests on Tuesday or Wednesday, wait until tomorrow.” “The fans will be bitterly disappointed with what’s gone on, and the way it’s all been handled.” “Eight months ago I was excited about Kevin Keegan taking over.”

“We started to see signs of them doing well towards the end of last season, and they had a good performance at Old Trafford.” “They had a home win as well, and things were looking good.”

“For one, I feel sorry for the fans, but I feel sorry for the players as well.” “This now throws it into utter chaos, because whoever takes over – apart from one person, Alan Shearer – is under immense pressure.”

“Most importantly, Kevin knows that club.” “He knows what the fans, and the people in that area, want.” “He’s stuck by certain players through thick and thin, and the players respect him.” “Now, he’ll be very disheartened by what’s happened, because he thought the club would allow him to go on and win things.”

“He was hoping to get a large sum of money – that hasn’t materialized.” “The owner is obviously a very wealthy man, but (Keegan) has been dictated to by certain people above him, and that’s annoyed Kevin.”

“Kevin’s used to managing clubs – not necessarily finance and agents, he doesn’t want to get involved with that – but he wants to get the players he wants, and to get the best out of them playing the style of football he wants, and he hasn’t been allowed to do that.”

Good words from Warren, and we are still waiting to hear some real explanation from the club, on what happened this week, and why Kevin Keegan resigned his position as the Newcastle manager.

Comments welcome.



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34 comments so far

  • t-g-w

    Sep 5, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #1

    Speaking of Bartons, Joey has been banned for 6 matches and has another suspened 6-match ban if he does anything wrong again… Bit light really in my opinion.

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  • ObaFan2

    Sep 5, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #2

    So little support left for the club, Ashley must sell up and go.

    100% behind the squad.

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  • Phil,Gosforth

    Sep 5, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #3

    The club don’t care!
    I don’t care who they bring in as new manager,if they will put up with the structure @ the club as it is then any new manager in my eyes is WEAK.

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  • gorskino10

    Sep 5, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #4

    logical thinking the only person who could replace KK is Alan Shearer but he dont want to be manager with no quilification etc….. he just doesnt feel rite yet. another dark day in our ever dark history.
    (Ed there may be something wrong with ure comments area as i DO NOT click notify me button but i replied yesterday to bout 4 of these and guess what i got 2000 new emails of notifications took ages to delete )

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  • keegan was king

    Sep 5, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #5

    old warren barton bless him he was a crap defender lol but at least he wants us to do well

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  • Micky Toon

    Sep 5, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #6

    You know, I’ve got a lot of time for Warren Barton (center paring, la la la la la) but I just wish these ex players would either put up or shut up.

    Most of the players and ex-managers (Roeder I’m looking at you) are quick to point out how crap Ashley is and how the fans are the best in the world and don’t deserve to be treated like crap. So how about they put some of the millions they earned at a club they love so much (Shearer I’m talking about you here too) put their heads together and do something about it?

    We fans aren’t millionaires, well Yorkie Dave might be, but I’m not, so we can’t afford to do this. However with their connections and clout a consortium of ex players could do it.

    Ther could have Tony Blair as Chairman. Sting and Spender could be the DJ.

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  • Micky Toon

    Sep 5, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Damn the no edit function. Center ParTing not center paring. 😉

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  • Bill F Ash Didn't Splash :(

    Sep 5, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #8

    The new manager needs to be aware that he will not be a manager. He will be head coach and nothing more.

    Incidently Warren Bartons new team hasn’t won a game for yonks, so I hope things improve for him.

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  • xfer

    Sep 5, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #9

    Well said W.Barton.

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  • Piers

    Sep 5, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #10

    We can get through this…….after all we are Toon fans!!!!!

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  • Indian toon

    Sep 5, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #11

    TOTALLY DISGUSTED!!!

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  • keith

    Sep 5, 2008 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #12

    I thought Warren Barton was a Right back?
    John Beresford was left 😛

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  • michael

    Sep 5, 2008 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #13

    Warren Barton was a crap player but he doesnt have a bad word to say about us al give him that.

    Ashley F**k Off to london and take the poisoned dwarf with u.

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  • russw

    Sep 5, 2008 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #14

    I’d like to add my two penneth into this mess, my issues are;

    1. As much as we love Keegan it is not only about him it’s about us. Its about the total disregard Ashley has shown to the wishes of over 90% of NUFC’s fan base, the contempt and disrespect shown is akin to a 19th Century mine owner lording it over his powerless employees.

    2. Ashley has obviously lied to us about his intentions and is playing us for fools believing no matter what we’ll turn up.

    3. Ashley and his cronies have no conception as to the relationship we Geordies have to this club, we need an owner that understands this relationship and embraces it not pushes it away.

    To change the situation strong measures are needed, half measures will not do. We need to boycott all home games in order to force him to sell, I believe it would have the following effects

    1. A clear signal that a huge mistake was made and that we are not going to accept Ashley’s ownership.

    2. The media would pounce on the empty stadium story and highlight Ashley’s ineptitude, this story would run as long as the stadium remained fan free. This painting of Ashley as an inept and foolish businessman would reverberate through to his core business damaging his reputation and profits.

    3. TV would not show live games as it would be a non spectacle without the supporters. This again would hurt his pocket financially as NUFC’s TV income allocation would be severally reduced.

    4. The value of the club which he surely has every intention of selling would be diminished, a club with no support is not worth much.

    5. The corporate sponsors would want their money back. I don’t think Northern Rock would be happy being associated with the bad publicity, they’ve had enough. It would also be a good PR move on their part to demand compensation as they position themselves with the fans.

    6. The players I believe will react and play in a positive way, they will know we are fighting for the clubs well being which they are a part of, this would also be a great story again highlighting Ashley’s foolishness.

    7. If the team begins to skirt with relegation which it could whether we fill the stadium or not it will again slash the clubs value.

    The effect of a total boycott would be devastating to Ashley. It might only take 2 games but it might take all season, either way the power is with us, he needs our money we do not need his.

    I know some of you are arguing the point about season tickets being paid for and Ashley already reaping that financial reward but the negative consequences of a weekly empty stadium would hit hard.

    We don’t need to accept the reality of NUFC as it is, let’s stand united and boycott this club. When it’s all over NUFC will be a better club, better managed and even more fervently supported.

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  • Jimi

    Sep 5, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #15

    @ Spyro,

    I think you come up with some valid points sometimes but when, as is now, it comes to the nitty gritty you don’t actually understand the Newcastle people. No offence, but that’s because you don’t come from here and at the moment you’d do well to start blogging on some other Yid site because your kind of ‘who will the next manager be?’ mentality just ain’t welcome here at this moment in time. Don’t get me wrong, on a good day I can put up with your shite….
    I think all should go to the game, sing your heart out for every player but in between shout Keegan, and more!!
    A bit like this:
    Given IN…Ashley out.. KEEGAN! KEEGAN!
    Beye IN… Ashley out…KEEGAN! KEEGAN!
    Taylor IN Ashley out…KEEGAN! KEEGAN!
    ETC
    ETC
    Owen IN Ashley out KEEGAN! KEEGAN!
    Get my drift lads…….

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  • Jimi

    Sep 5, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #16

    ..

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  • Jimi

    Sep 5, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #17

    @ Spyro,

    I think you come up with some valid points sometimes but when, as is now, it comes to the nitty gritty you don’t actually understand the Newcastle people. No offence, but that’s because you don’t come from here and at the moment you’d do well to start blogging on some other Yid site because your kind of ‘who will the next manager be?’ mentality just ain’t welcome here at this moment in time. Don’t get me wrong, on a good day I can put up with your shite….I think all should go to the game, sing your heart out for every player but in between shout Keegan, and more!!
    A bit like this:
    Given IN…Ashley out.. KEEGAN! KEEGAN!
    Beye IN… Ashley out…KEEGAN! KEEGAN!
    Taylor IN Ashley out…KEEGAN! KEEGAN!
    ETC
    ETC
    Owen IN Ashley out KEEGAN! KEEGAN!
    Get my drift lads…….

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  • geordie jock

    Sep 5, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #18

    russw totally agree, both on same wavelength the only way the fat B*****d will take any note is if season ticket holders BOYCOTT the matches. I know they have paid for tickets but to stay away will surely show fat B*****D we will not tolerate our club being dragged into the gutter where we are know.

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  • joethemag69

    Sep 5, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #19

    short & sweet – keegans gone,hes not coming back,we need three points next saturday so we can push on,we need a new top coach to move us forward!its not going to happen with everyone boycotting and booing the whole match!keegans a hero and legend no doubt but bringing him back in january was a step backwards we need to move with the times,if we dont everyone can look forward to relegation and championship football!!

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  • Marty

    Sep 5, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #20

    Warren Barton,What a USELESS DEFENDER…
    Good words though and he is right about feelin sorry for fans n players.
    LETS GET BEHIND THE TEAMMMMMMMMMMMM they need our SUPPORT.
    ASHLEY OUT

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  • keegan was king

    Sep 5, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #21

    i wonder if we can get shearer to head a consortium like quinn at the scum

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  • geordie jock

    Sep 5, 2008 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #22

    Why are people slagging off Warren Barton as a player. He was a world beater compared to some of the crap defenders we’ve had since he left.

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  • drew

    Sep 5, 2008 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #23

    Good old centre partin.
    Still can’t stop fartin.

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  • dingo

    Sep 5, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #24

    ********************************************
    NEWS FLASH
    ********************************************

    I HAVE TAKEN GARY AND COODJ’S IDEAS ABOUT WEARING ORANGE OR RED T-SHIRTS OVER THE BLACK N WHITE STRIPES FOR THE MATCH AGAINST HULL.

    I HAVE BEEN IN TOUCH WITH THE CHRONICLE WHO WILL DO AN ARTICLE ON MONDAY ON THIS IDEA AND ASK FOR LOCAL SUPPORT FROM BUSINESS. ALSO CENTURY AND METRO RADIO ARE GOING TO INTERVIEW ME REGARDING THIS PLAN.

    I NEED TO GET IN CONTACT WITH ALL THE OTHER NUFC FANSITES AS WELL AS NEED A TEAM OF 10 OR SO PEOPLE IN THE AREA WHO CAN HELP GET THINGS ORGANISED.

    WE WILL ASK FOR A 1 POUND DONATION OUTSIDE THE GROUND FOR EACH SHIRT TO GIVE TO THE BOBBY ROBSON CHARITY. THIS IDEA IS REALLY GATHERING PACE AND SUPPORT FROM THE MEDIA… NOW I NEED YOU LOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PLEASE PASS THIS MESSAGE ON.. WE/I NEED YOUR SUPPORT AS WELL AS THE PLAYERS.

    CHEERS

    geordiedingo@hotmail.com

    ********************************************
    END OF NEWS FLASH
    ********************************************

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  • BigTex

    Sep 5, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #25

    Well said Warren. But there is one fact that everyone on these boards seems to be neglecting.

    KEEGAN QUIT ON US.

    He wasn’t sacked. The board made it perfectly clear that they wanted Keegan to stay. But he didn’t, and now is the time to move on in a positive manner.

    There is only one more thing left for the board to do, and Warren was spot on about this.

    HIRE SHEARER NOW.

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  • Dondatta13

    Sep 5, 2008 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #26

    BigTex = Small Minded View

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  • Paul

    Sep 5, 2008 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #27

    Lad’s I’m really sorry for saying this. I am a toon fan, I have been all my life. First three years of my working life I saved all my pennies to get season tickets to see the toon. I was there for the games that were purely magical and those that weren’t (mainly that 5-1 beating by Birmingham a few January’s ago). Toon through and through!

    I hope, deep down inside we don’t get relegated but we all know that is where we are heading! Who is going to want and manage a team he has no control over. His best players are sold for profits, I’m suprised St. James isn’t called Sports Direct Stadium yet, we buy unknown cheap players – they prove they are good enough and then they are sold for more profits. One of our own, Keegan, the man who I think is a god! My first match I went to was when I was staying at my Auntys in Blackburn, 2nd match of the season and we drew 1-1 with Man U in 94. Ever since Keegan’s been a pure legend, the man can not be beaten!! Why MA has forced him out?? I’d love to know, love it!! < ha-ha had to get it in

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  • reillers

    Sep 5, 2008 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #28

    Shearer has ruled himself out apparently and it’s not fair to ask him to take over.
    He’s probably the only one who could save us here and who we’d be happy with but like come one.
    It’s a massive club he knows just about as well as the rest of us that it’s an almost impossible club to manage because we demand success and honestly we don’t give them time.
    It would be his first job as a manager, now it could work out as well as Keane has but I don’t think he’s going to be prepared to try and bring Newcastle on himself as his first club, it would have been like asking Keane to take Man U straight away.
    Secondly he’s not going to want to manage us with those idiots in charge. He’s not, it’s as simple as that, and I don’t think anyone in their right mind will want to and I don’t blame them.
    It’s not fair to ask Shearer to come on, and I wouldn’t blame him for saying no.

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  • Toon Raghav

    Sep 5, 2008 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #29

    assley is a real stupid retard.he is here to destroy our club in superfast pace .the fat maggot has no explanation watsoever for this episode other then his love & watever relationship he has with wisse .not even sunderland should have a punishment of having owner like assley & co…

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  • geordie jock

    Sep 5, 2008 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #30

    BigTex = Big Dick

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  • Cooper

    Sep 5, 2008 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #31

    New board. New owner. Keegan reappionted

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  • toontony

    Sep 5, 2008 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #32

    read this see if you think there is any truth in it e- mail from friend
    ….this is what happened to Keegan…

    Last Friday Wise came to Keegan with Bastien Schweinstiger apparently signing, Keegan was happy with that, as he had actually sanctioned the selling of Milner, £12m good business.

    Then apparently Wise came back saying that he hadn’t actually signed him, it had fallen through due Jiminez not backing the signing. Keegan was fuming but was told there were still targets in sights for the end of the window.

    Keegan went to Arsenal not happy.

    Monday morning Wise, Jiminez and Keegan meet again. Keegan was waiting for them to say such and such is signing. But no.

    Instead was a list of most of the key players of the squad with price tags next to them. Apparently Shay Given had a 10 million price tag and also Owen was on the list. Keegan was asked if he had backup purchases should any of these players be sold.

    Not only that Xisco et al were on the signing on list, Keegan said he didn’t want any of them.

    Keegan was furious and went mental. Wise had a rant and basically said well its either you put up with what we are doing or you’re “sacked”. Keegan said “well I’m sacked then” and stormed off to first his family home in teesside (!) then to a family friends pad in manchester.

    Keegan didn’t have any contact with Newcastle for a day (hence why NUFC didn’t make a statement until 7pm) until he saw their statement, he then went to the LMA and told his side of the story.

    Yesterday Derek Llambias went down to try and bring Keegan back but it failed and they instead sorted out compensation etc. for Keegan leaving.

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  • Exiled Darren

    Sep 5, 2008 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #33

    There are already Ashley out t shirts on eBay with guaranted delivery for the Hull game – i’d rather buy one of those than spend any more cash on the club right now.

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=300256348129&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT

    Also have you seen the comment here about Ashley in Manhatton – He’s a disgrace…

    http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/sport/football/article-1052842/Newcastle-owner-Ashley-spent-220-000-champagne-New-York-Keegan-fumed.html?ITO=1490

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  • clinta

    Sep 6, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #34

    The reason KK resigned was well… up to KK why don’t we sit eagerly and wait for his explination, before we wait for one from the board???? he resigned!

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