Barton Unlikely To Start At Sunderland

Joe Kinnear is having second thoughts about Joey Barton for the Sunderland game but it seems he will make the substitute bench at The Stadium Of Light on Saturday.

Hughton and Kinnear – great shot of them working well together

Obviously with Barton now having served his 6 match FA ban, there’s lots of news stories in the press about him right now potentially making his comeback to the team at some point against Sunderland.

Kinnear talked about Barton:

“Am I worried such an intense fixture might be too much for him? That has already gone through my head. I am going to sit down with Joey and explain that to him.”

“Barton’s in the running for sure. 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’ll have a one-to-one with him, that’s if I get a word in with him because he’s a typical Scouser isn’t he. Obviously I have spoken to him about the importance of staying on the pitch for the Sunderland game because he trains as he plays believe it or not. He’s got a big heart and is a good character. And on top of that he can 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 as well.” “Maybe people think about him completely differently and forget about the ability he has got. Joey’s one of the best finishers at the club believe it or not.”

We think it would be risky to have Joey Barton start, and for one thing Butt and Guthrie have been playing so well in central midfield, they hardly deserve to be dropped for Barton, who is not yet even match fit.

Barton will have to be content with a place on the bench and Joe will probably bring him on for the last 20 minutes or so, to give him a taste of first team football.  But we all know he’ll get a terrible reception at The Stadium Of Light, and some would say it will be well deserved.

As we said yesterday Joey is on his last chance, and he just cannot afford any more mistakes, and make no mistake he will be tested during his comeback.  Not only will the fans around the country let him know what they think of him, but also the players will test him, as we witnessed in his last game at Arsenal, because some of them just don’t think he should still be in the game.

And lastly, we have to say once again we’re very impressed with the way Joe Kinnear handles his players. He’s very honest and seems very sensible when talking about the lads and the team, and what’s required of each player.

He’s obviously a football man through and through, and It’s little wonder the players are quickly taking to him, as Joe continues to do a sterling job for our club.

Finally a little note to Joe – we need all 3 points on Saturday. 😀

Comments very welcome – but please keep them decent – thanks..

14 comments so far

  • dougnufc

    Oct 23, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #1

    Any news on Beye?

  • Toon Graeme

    Oct 23, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #2

    Doug, was looking around and cant find owt yet. Probably be somepoint this afternoon I would think.

    Fingers crossed.

    Did anyone see Youre on Skysports last night when that dim wit came on to pretend to talk about Tottenham and then called the host a C**t.
    Anyway lots of anti-Barton comments from the country and non from anyone who supports our team.

    The lad knows that he is in for a rough season – but he will be yesterdays news after a while.

    Would be class though if he manages to find the net or set up some shots.

    I beleive in done the crime did the time and he is now wearing the black and white (until Jan at least) so lets get behind him and the team.

  • King Joe

    Oct 23, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #3

    Barton will be a vital addition to the squad. Lest we forget, he was once the man who ran the show at Man City and he was in good touch toward the backend of last season.

  • lloydie780

    Oct 23, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed, Butt has not been class this season, he ahs been evry poor to be honest, i for one hope Guthrie and Barton form our centre midfield for the rest of the season. Butt’s passing has been particularly poor as has his tackling which was a stronger point of his in the past. You are also contradicting what you have written about Butt in the previous days/weeks.

  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 23, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #5

    Caption competition:

    JK: Who’s idea was it to let that fan train with the first team, Chris?

    CH: Er… that’s Alan Smith, boss.

  • Wallsend Will

    Oct 23, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #6

    I believe in Joey Barton as a footballer! From now on he will deliver, I honestly think that his best football is yet to come.

  • Toon Graeme

    Oct 23, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #7

    Looks like Dubai group pulled out of charlton purchase – who were linked with us.

    Doesnt hold good does it? There has been not a sniff of anything about our sale.

    On the up roll on Saturday

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 23, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #8

    a few people have said barton has had to many chances and they would be right i mean wasnt last time last chance saloon

    but i honestley believe this time is different because of 2 things

    1 the sporting chance clinic and has apparentley according to kk come out as a changed man

    2 he has been to prison which means he has served his debt to society

    also the stick he will get from fans and players will be like no one has ever seen so if he does come through and proves he is a changed man in my mind it will just give me that extra bit of confidence that he has changed

    go on joey prove them wrong

  • graeme

    Oct 23, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #9

    Read the Barton interview in the Telegraph, which was quite enlightening. I must admit to being impressed with the way he accepts what he has done, how all he wants to do is repay the trust he has been shown and turn things around. He doesnt hide, pretend it wasnt his own fault, he just wants to put something back for the faith that has been shown in him. Perhaps he just might come good!!

    I dont think he should start at the scum, he should come on just after half -time when we are 2-0 up. He can then score the third, just to rub their noses in it.

    I think he is going to have a lot of players trying to get him sent off, but it will be no worse than the reaction Ronaldo got after his run in with Rooney at Man Ure – Barton has to do the same thing, rise above it and prove how good he is.

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 23, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #10


    1 the sporting chance has according to kk helped him come out as a changed man

  • Bill F

    Oct 23, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #11

    Very good Toon Chicken, incidently did anyone else see CH appear to get a right bollo*king from another member of the bench (not Joe) just after the Toon second goal, or did I imagine it?

  • Bill F

    Oct 23, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #12

    And Joey is going to get Booed on every ground he plays on, so he and we will just have to get on with it.

  • Karltoon

    Oct 23, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #13

    Yeah.. I saw tha Bill.. Forgot about it until now like

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Oct 23, 2008 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #14

    Bill F-to for me, i think hughton was just immediatly being told to go and bark out orders when we went ahead, to me it seemed more a case of “right, you get over there and tell them to do this that and the other, now, we’re not losing this” sorta thing. however, it did seem rather agressive i agree!


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