Joey Barton In Contention For Sunderland

Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear admits he is looking forward to welcoming 26-year-old Joey Barton back into the fold, after the lad has not played for the first team this season, and only yesterday completed a solid 80 minutes for the Reserves against Middlesbrough at Billingham.

Joey Barton – at Billingham last night – got good 80 minutes in

Joe Kinnear talked today about Barton:

“He’s got a big heart and is a good character and on top of that he can play,” “I’ve been pleased with him in training, and with his attitude. He will come into contention, for sure. You want all your best players available when you’re going into tough matches.”

“His fitness level is good and what has happened in the past with the lad is over and done with.” “I am only here to assess his ability as a player and he’s a good player, he really is.”

“I will assess everyone we have available.” “It’s a case of putting the right players in the right positions against the teams we play. I want players to play in a certain style and give everything they have got. He’s a wholehearted player and he’s got a lot of ability.”

“Maybe people think about him completely differently and forget about the ability he has. Joey’s one of the best finishers at the club.”

We think Joey will definitely make the bench for the Sunderland game, and in all likelihood will be introduced at some stage during the game, but we’d be surprised if he starts, given the excellent performances of all the lads on Monday night.

We don’t want to start sounding like a broken record but we really need 3 points from our next games, and draws will not get us out of the relegation zone quickly – and that’s one of the things we need to accomplish under joe.

If we can keep 11 men on the field on Saturday, we have to have a fighting chance at The Stadium Of Light, but we’ll need to be at our very best against a much improved Sunderland side from last season.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • Tom4Nufc

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #1

    would love a barton guthrie centre mid, but Butt will never be dropped 🙁

  • sweendog

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #2

    Barton needs eased in .. I think this game is too soon but definately he’ll need to replace butt as even though butt is playing well he’s getting too slow

  • Born Again Geordie

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #3


    Never say never Butt is not getting any younger ! I think Barton is the type of player we need in these situations – as long as he keeps his head and lets the football do the talking ! !

    Ho’way the lads !!!

  • Tom4Nufc

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #4

    Butt is our stand in captain though, so I feel it would be unlikely! But as you say, never say never 🙂

  • ToonRich

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #5

    By the sounds of things Joey has kept his fitness at the highest level whilst being banned. Not many could come back from time out and play 80mins…and he didnt even looked knackard!
    Hope he does get at least half an hour on sat.

  • vic

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #6

    I wish he play well however the best thing you should expect from barton is red card. I would not risk at derby


  • selly no skill

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #7

    bring him on against mackems for last 30 mins.we need stability in the middle at the mo especially away in a would be brave to split butt and guthrie up.

  • jim

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #8

    Surely if the F.A overturn Beyes red card they are sayin it shouldnt have been a penalty therefore they should be deducted the goal as it was disallowed?making another decision to give us 2 points or maybe a compromise with 1 extra point?why not? they consider it for other teams-sheff utd/west ham saga etc-and Leeds were deducted 15 points were they not?this proves the F.A have the power and authority to do it-or are man city exempt from a deduction for some strange reason? i think it should apply-only if the F.A rule overturn the decision mind u-after all-no foul= no pen=no goal , and a change of scoreline!-its no use saying its too late because the match is over because thats hypocrytical to them changing anything then?i think the club should ask for a point deduction for man city and give us the win or at least the extra point in compensation!! Fwd this to the club someone! Ed!!

  • ToonRich

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #9

    “I wish he play well however the best thing you should expect from barton is red card. I would not risk at derby”

    Vic, whats with the negative vibes man??
    Granted, Joey can be a hot head…but I reckon if he’s got his temper under wraps he’s more likely to get under the skin of the scumdeland players and give us the extra ummpf!!

  • I Made 1000

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #10

    i would defo put barton in for butt, coz butt has just lost it now, he was good last year, but game by game, he is starting to deteriate this season

  • Born Again Geordie

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #11


    In these times of adversity we need to be getting behind all of our players more than ever. Lets try and not be so negative.

    JK says he will have a one to one chat with Barton – he is a straight talking guy and i think he will leave Joey in no doubt what he will expect from him. Keep the faith !!!!

    Toon toon, black and white army !!!!!!!

  • Born Again Geordie

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #12


    You beat me to it mate ! 🙂

  • vic

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #13

    I wish him well guys

  • Born Again Geordie

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #14

    Thats the spirit Vic man !!

    Ho’way the lads ! 🙂

  • Ganiyu

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #15

    Barton welcome back.

  • dak76

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #16

    I wouldn’t risk him from the start, put him on the bench then bring him on in the second half.

    my team for sat:
    beye, tayls, colo, bassong
    duff, butt, guthrie, zog

    bench: harps, barton, shola, enrique, ranger, cacapa, geremi

  • Kevin Nichol

    Oct 22, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #17

    “after the lad has not played for the first team this season”…I’m sure he came on against arsenal and gave that litle tw@t nasri abit of a fright with a hard BUT fair challenge within seconds of coming on????

    Exactly what we need on sat against the scum…

    Joey Barton has caused “us” the fans of newcastle a lot of embarassment and ill feeling on account of his actions; its now time for that debt to be repaid to the newcastle fans who have decided to give him one last chance; myself included! cmon Joey…dominate the midfield on sat and we will have a very good chance of winning the game

  • TTID

    Oct 22, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #18

    Neither Barton or Guthrie can play the DM role as good as Butt.
    And currently, We need people in their proper positions, wh have the ability to play well in those positions!!

  • Ageordiedoonsooth

    Oct 22, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #19

    jim What have you been smoking even if they do recind the red card they certainly won’t take away the goal the game is finished. Man what a plonker you are

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 22, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #20

    TTID – Why play a DM at all, just play 2 box-to-box CMs in Guthrie and Barton.


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