Joey Barton will probably appear for the first time for Newcastle United this season on Saturday, which will be his last chance in football.
Joey Barton – we hope he can control his demons
And he told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today in their exclusive interview:
“Because of my past misdemeanors, it has been tough for me.” “The season starts here for me and hopefully it is a case of onwards and upwards.”“It’s the first game I have played really. It is a starting point, but I have trained hard.” “The aim is to turn in performances for the fans. I want to do it for everybody connected with the club.”
“Players, fans and staff, everybody I have let down in the past.” “I want to go on to start paying back my transfer fee, which I don’t think I did at any stage last year.” “It’s just nice to be back playing again.” “I haven’t played for that long in a game for six months.” “The last time I played 90 minutes was against Chelsea at St James’ Park.”
“That was the second-last game of last season, so it has been a while.” “I expect it to take four or five games before I am fully up and running and back where I want to be.”
“I feel better than I did when I came back last season, so if that is a pointer to go by, hopefully I can start on a higher level than last time.” “Last time it took me a while to get going. But I already feel better this time.”
The only thing Joey should be doing now is putting his head down, training hard, and concentrating on his football career.
And when and if he does go back to Liverpool, he must continually guard against letting himself be in any altercations whatsoever, and he mustn’t allow himself to get in any more ridiculous situations, otherwise his career could be over in an instant.
We do hope and trust Joey is continuing to get help with his anger and violent side, because he needs it.
We hope Joey can write a successful comeback in football and in life, but it’s not going to be easy for him, given what he’s done in the past.
But the Newvcastle fans have shown again and again they are willing to forgive any player who can get his life back together and give everything for the Newcastle cause.
We hope Joey will give them a chance to welcome him back to a successful career at Newcastle United, who have stood by him, when many clubs would have long since ditched him by now.
He owes our club, Newcastle United big time, and he knows it.