Let’s Not Make Saturday About Joey Barton

Joe Kinnear feels Barton will keep a level head should he make it into the game at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

Joe Kinnear – has confidence in Barton to keep his head

Joe Kinnear told the Shields Gazette today:

“Everybody’s going to make something of (the derby), because of Joey’s natural temperament,” “You just need to get hold of people. Joey’s a very sensible lad deep down.”

“I know he’s lost the plot in the past, but there won’t be any need for that in such a game.” “People are probably waiting for him to do just that, but I think he’s too bright to do that.”

Barton played 80 minutes last night in a Reserve game against Middlesbrough our readers (who were at the game) said was a good victory, with young strikers Nile Ranger and Andy Carroll looking the best players on the field.

Kinnear added:

“It’s always difficult for experienced players playing in reserve matches such as this, but Joey did very well.” “It’s about getting fitness into him, like Andy Carroll, and I’m delighted for both of them.”

“Joey’s got plenty of character, so the past won’t affect him. He just loves his football.” “Other people might have decided not to play, or to be somewhere else.”

“All in all it’s about getting fitness – it’s nothing to do with performances because we know what he’s capable of.”

“I was pleased with his performance. He did exceptionally well. He looks quite fit and sharp, and it was a good night.”

If Joey does come on then he’ll be a target for not just the Sunderland fans, who will boo like crazy, but also the players. He’s going to have to accept that, because the situation he is in is all of his own making. It may not be fair, but Joey just has to get on with it, from now on.

But let’s not make this game about Joey Barton, because we truly need all 3 points on Saturday to turn our season around. If we can get another performance out of the lads like last Monday, and can finally get some luck on our side, we have a good chance to beat a good Sunderland side.

That’s the only thing that’s important on Saturday.

38 comments so far

  • Toon Graeme

    Oct 22, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #1

    One thing is for sure is that it will be a high octane match and one that we need the team as a whole to work asone and if Joey is involved at any stage he will have to also.

    One plus on this is that the mackems cant really plan their tactics around Barton and Jonas as they have not been in action for a while, unless they delve back into the first game of the season and last season – which i doubt they will do – but what do i know.

    No excuses 3 points is a must! The team know that.

    Roll on Sat.

  • Ganiyu

    Oct 22, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #2

    All i need is a club like sunderland to replace us in the relegation zone

  • Ausgeordie

    Oct 22, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #3

    But this is your third or fourth article on him today Ed 🙂 How can it not be about him

  • SamsFat

    Oct 22, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #4


    This is what Saturdays about – SMB

  • UTD111

    Oct 22, 2008 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #5

    Just had a thought……

    Last time we won anything worth having our manager was called Joe….. :o)

    Totally irrelevant and off-topic Iknow, but…..

  • skin d

    Oct 22, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #6

    it is a massive gamble to play him,it could well do the trick or it could all go pete tong.
    the mackems will be straight on his case,last season he had a set to with their centreback.
    i think it was dixon etuhu,he went to cripple him.
    like i say it could also do the trick if the crowd gives him s##t,and joe knows that develops another siege mentality so he may try it.


    Oct 22, 2008 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #7

    SAMS FAT,thanks for that.LOL
    Good video of highlights on there too

  • rooks

    Oct 22, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #8

    well said AusGeordie, Ed seems to be chucking out a ‘Joey Barton to play on saturday’ story every 5 minutes

  • Mark-O

    Oct 22, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #9

    I love Joe Kinnears Honesty mind!

    ‘iknow he’s lost the plot in the past’ none of that he’s made mistakes crap.

    He may have just said ‘the lads been an idiot’!


    Oct 22, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #10

    Just watched the 5-0 walloping of Man-U again on NUFCTUBE…………
    Brings laughter and tears of joy.
    Ginola,Albert,Beardsley,Lee,Batty,Les and BIG AL.WHAT A GAME?????????????
    Bring back those times to Tyneside Please

  • ToonRich

    Oct 22, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #11

    I dont think the summer arrivals at the stadium of light are up to this challenge…I think we’ll get the better of Cisse & Diouf. Diouf being just as hot headed as Joey, could be one to watch!!

  • filthy mag

    Oct 22, 2008 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #12


    Dirty Mackems, Dirty monkey mackems!

    Cant get the tune out of my head now. Great find.

    Compulsive viewing.

  • cg

    Oct 22, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #13

    That tune is really really catchy.
    Once I play at home my wife keeps singing it on and off the next 2-3 days. And she’s a glory seeking manure disgrace 😉

  • Micky Toon

    Oct 22, 2008 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #14

    You know what? Instead of saying let’s not make this about Barton, why don’t we make a big deal of Barton. We KNOW the scummers are going to get at him, so why don’t we show our full support for the lad. On Saturday put aside whatever you feel about his past and get behind him and the rest of the team 110%.
    I’ve said it before a win at the scummers will really kick start our season.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Oct 22, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #15

    I think Joey wil enjoy bein a target for other players jus like he enjoyed that little prick Nasri, i cant wait to see him back and unleashed on the Mackems

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 22, 2008 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #16

    i am just qondering wht people shake thier keys

  • Born Again Geordie

    Oct 22, 2008 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #17


    they don’t shake their keys – it is a pi**take of their accent.

    “weees keeeys are these” do you follow ? 🙂

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 22, 2008 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #18

    yeah i think so lol
    i am optomistic for the derby should i be

  • lesh

    Oct 22, 2008 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #19

    Marty-TOON RISING // Oct 22, 2008 at 15:38

    Mmmmmm, such memories and what about Tino’s hat trick agin Barcelona on a heady night at SJP?

    Back on thread… the mackems’ll try to wind JB up so its up to the Toon army to drwon em out eh?

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 22, 2008 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #20

    r u goin lesh

  • Texas Toon

    Oct 22, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #21

    H’way the mag’s a saturday eh? Let’s get behind ALL the lad’s for ALL of the match, no matter what the score ends up like lets show the monkeys were still here and fighting proud of wa team.

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 22, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #22

    or is any 1 else goin

  • fred

    Oct 22, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #23

    im goin for a 3 nil win with oba duffer and barton to score wow i would love that

  • Texas Toon

    Oct 22, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #24

    What dya mean? gannin out on the lesh??


    Oct 22, 2008 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #25


  • Cooper

    Oct 22, 2008 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #26

    Can you imagine if Barton got the winner?

    i want colo to score aswell – would be mint


    Oct 22, 2008 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #27


    1 MACKEMS. hoyte
    4 NUFC.chopra(mackem b#####d),shearer,n’zogbia,luque


  • Turkish magpie

    Oct 22, 2008 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #28

    Any1 herd of Kevin Mensah?

    could be good!


  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 22, 2008 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #29

    He’s got a big i.q. 😀

  • Turkish magpie

    Oct 22, 2008 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #30

    Has any1 just seen the barton interveiw?

    What a guy, he wants to do better than ever:)

  • thelongshanks

    Oct 22, 2008 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #31

    Kevin Mensah is a big prospect and this is his 2nd trial with the toon.Im not too sure we are gonna sign ne1 till new owners take over but wise has to be seen to be doin something.I say sign him up!

    Barton is gonna have a stormer on sat.Glad to see him back.

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 22, 2008 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #32


  • ryan peacock

    Oct 22, 2008 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #33

    anyone just see barton interview on sky sports news? i wanna believe him but i cant, but if he plays for us i will always back him

  • Toon Graeme

    Oct 22, 2008 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #34

    Joey has done his crime and time and now its for his football to prove his worth.

    Come on lads.

  • BenjiToon

    Oct 23, 2008 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #35

    I agree with those who are saying Barton’s comments last night were really positive. Finally the lad is being honest with himself and with the press and public. Its totally different to that interview he did for the BBC a while back, where he said “God will be my judge”.

    I really, really, really hope he can follow through on his pledges to stay sober and commit to his football. But it will take the rest of his career, not a season or even two, before he’s proven himself to be fully reformed. He has, lets say, 7 years of top flight football left in him. If he remains clean, trains and works hard, and plays well he can be a model professional in that time. Then he can call himself a role model for kids who have taken the wrong path.

    That would be a story of change to be proud of. However, having worked with people who are alcohol dependent and with drug users, I know its not always a straight line. The experts reckon you fall of the wagon about six times before you get it right. They also reckon you’re never “recovered” fully, but always in a state of recovery. We have to hope Joey understands that and keeps working at being a better person. He’ll have to do that his whole life. I hope he does.

    But if he fails and dirties the name of my club again, then he should be prepared to walk away and let someone else who is prepared to put thw work in take his huge wages.

  • lesh

    Oct 23, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #36

    beyethegreat // Oct 22, 2008 at 17:38

    Love to but no can do….. far to far south to be able to get!!

    So, please give big cheers for me and the other poor souls who can’t get.

    Best regards

  • lesh

    Oct 23, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #37

    Here’s a bit on Kevin Mensah….. sounds like a Ghanaian name… may be wrong


  • lesh

    Oct 23, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #38

    Re Mensah….. hope he’s as good on the ball as his namesake ET Mensah was with the High Life music he made so popular in West Africa!


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