Joe Kinnear says he will welcome Joey Barton back into the Newcastle United set-up when he serves the last two games of his six match suspension.
Joe Barton – return may be against Sunderland
Kinnear said today:
“Joey Barton, without a doubt, is one who would be in the Crazy Gang for the simple fact that he’s crazy.” “He is very infectious, just like Danny Guthrie.”
“They whizz in and out. Nicky Butt is the same and we have some really good characters in the dressing room at St James’ Park.”
Kinnear knows it’s important to have some big personalities in his squad, and Barton is certainly one of them – good or bad.
Barton has now served four matches of his latest six-match suspension, and will not get a good reception in his first game back, which is likely to be at the Stadium of Light on October 25, if Kinnear does recall him.
And Kinnear seems unconcerned at the furor surrounding his press conference yesterday morning, when he demonstrated he will not put up with the press writing rubbish about him – although many think that’s their job description.
“All I and my players and staff are concentrating on is Sunday’s game with Everton at Goodison Park. That is all that matters.”
“We had a man in Belgium last night for Everton’s game with Standard Liege and I will be studying his report after training today.”
“I watched the match on television and I also watched a re-run on the video after that.”
Maybe the tirade yesterday against the National press can be used effectively by Joe, to motivate all at the club to get 3 points against Everton, and then see what these guys then write about the team.
Because if Joe and the lads can get 3 points on Sunday, he’s going to become very popular very quickly, that’s for sure.