Kinnear Leaps To Defence Of Joey Barton

Newcastle United interim manager boss Joe Kinnear defended midfielder Joey Barton after his side lost to Sunderland this afternoon.

Joe Kinnear – quickly comes to Barton’s defense

Fans raced onto the pitch after Kieran Richardson’s goal and Barton was targeted by missiles as he was warming up on the sidelines.

Sunderland defeated Newcastle for the first time at the Stadium of Light, and for the first time at home since April 1980, when they edged the game by 2-1.

Kinnear was told what happened with the Barton incident and he said:

“It’s a bit unfair, then, isn’t it? It’s not Joey Barton’s fault, is it?” “He has been in the thick of everything this week. Every mass murder that has gone on in this country, his name has been associated with.”

“But looking at the bigger picture, we were beaten, and we have to play West Brom on Tuesday night and get maximum points.”

Even Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given was confronted by two home fans on the pitch after Richardson’s goal and police and stewards had to separate opposing fans after the final whistle.

But Joey will get this time and again this season, for the brutal acts he’s committed, and he’s brought this all on himself – let’s tell the truth here.

Bck top football, and we have to win on Tuesday night against WBA, and we don’t want anybody to say WBA are a good side, after they were well beaten 3-0 at The Hawthorns by Hull City.

A win is a must, and if we don’t get that on Tuesday night, there’ll be red flags waving …………… again.

Comments welcome.

52 comments so far

  • Obafan

    Oct 25, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #1

    My top 3 of NUFC players who should never start, but who always startin every game are:

    1. Taylor; the worst defender in the EPL (even Bramble and Boumsong are better!). Someone should slam his face every time he starts to laugh after yet again another childish mistake of little Steve.

    2. Butt: should have plenty of experience and should be a lot more clever to know where he can make his challenges. 2 penalties + 1 free kick just out of the box which lead to a goal leads to 9 points that mr. Butt gave away this season. Thanks Nicky. Oh and I have to admit that he is a MASTER in giving away possession or hoofing the ball upfront, which has to be very frustrating for our strikers.

    3. Geremi: tho’ I still think he has got the tactical brain and that he sees the game, he is not able anymore to start a game. His set pieces go from bad to wrse, even after his assist today. He just does not get enough out of the plenty of possibilities he gets every game. And he can not run; I think it would be very hard to put money when there would have been a race organised between Geremi and a turtle.
    He still can be very usefull for the team, but not from the start of a game.

  • bennit3b

    Oct 25, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Why the hell did they bring Enrique on when we wer 2-1 down we had Zog on the bench, we had nothin to hold on to!

  • Ganiyu

    Oct 25, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #3

    If i bought the club i would change the whole coaching staff

  • canada willie

    Oct 25, 2008 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #4

    Well this puts Ashley in a real bind. Being second bottom of the league has probably wiped 100 million pounds off the value of the club and no one will be willing to pay Ashley his asking price as they need to spend at least 50 million on a new team

    Keegan told Ashley he needed 5 good players to compete in this league and most of us who watch all their games knew this was the case. He was overuled by Ashley and his cockney pimps and now the chickens come home to roost.

    There are too many starters who cannot compete in this league. Ameobi, Taylor, Butt and Geremi are too slow and Barton should not be allowed on the pitch for obvious reasons.

    Kinnear does not seem to recognise this and is not fighting for the team upgrade. For this he should not be allowed to stay even as Shearers assistant boot polisher. I have absolutely no confidence in his ability to manage a top club, he is a has been and only there because no self respecting manager would do this job.

  • Toon Graeme

    Oct 25, 2008 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #5

    Rant – What an absolute pile of Sh*t we were today. No one can say anything else.

    I can rant for pages but will sum up:

    Defense – Tight
    Midfiled – Strong and played forward
    Forwards – plenty of attempts on goal

    And that was Sunderland.

    Our mid was crap beyond all belief.

    We cant even keep fluid possession.

    Oba was a waste up there and didnt do a thing.

    We need a mid that can keep and supply.
    We need forwards that take on target shots at goal. Why the hell dont we take shots at goal. Seems as though all we try to do is head goals in.

    MO would have made no difference as there was no ball to get up there.

    Zog should have played. Jonas should have been on earlier as did Barton.

    Tuesday 3 points – no excuses. We deserve to be in the bottom 3 after today. I argue with anyone who disagrees that we were anything but crap!!

  • ginkoh

    Oct 25, 2008 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #6

    Calm down guy. Devision 1 waiting for us next season.

  • norn iron magpie

    Oct 25, 2008 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Not sure about his tactical subs today, but JFK is doing a good job.Barton went to jail he done his time let him rebuild his life.

  • caiha

    Oct 25, 2008 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #8

    With all the pressure and abuse joey was given today, he didn’t do badly for the time he was on. He will never be as good as he was, but something similar would be great for Newcastle ATM.

    A bit of encouragement and some games then the abuse should stop, then hopefully he could have a good season

  • hitman

    Oct 25, 2008 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #9

    ginkoh,dont get carried away 1 win at home in 28 years is nowt to shout aboot..

  • norn iron magpie

    Oct 25, 2008 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #10

    Yes we were sh t today. We play better with 10 men.


    Oct 25, 2008 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #11

    willie fu8k off , why shouldn,t he he has done his time and judging from what we seen today we need all the help we can get

  • Toon Graeme

    Oct 25, 2008 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #12

    Cant blame a fan for venting his spleen. Many others on here do and today I feel that gutted and passionate I need to offload to you all.

    Barton is welcome in my book and the crowd did us proud with there singing today.

    Had text from brother in law who was in crowd and was rather heated and plod took no prisoners with their justice either by all accounts!!

    The lads need to re group and sort themselves for Tuesday.

  • scottynine

    Oct 25, 2008 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #13

    When Will People Get of Joeys Back YES he has done wrong but he has also done his time.

    The 8 mins he was on the pitch today he did more then guthrie , Butt & Geremi put together so lets back him and get on with getting this club out of the brown stuff its currently in !

  • Bartonsbangedup

    Oct 25, 2008 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #14

    Well Done Joey for not reacting to those scum bags

  • lacedaemonian

    Oct 25, 2008 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #15

    Barton and Jonas were awesome when they came on.

  • DanToon

    Oct 25, 2008 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #16

    Barton and Jonas must start on tuesday!!!

  • IndiaMag

    Oct 25, 2008 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #17

    I agree.. Barton and gutierez were good when they came on!! Don’t know why enrique came on when we had zoggs on the bench.. Lets look up lads, we should win the next game, we’l be out of the bottom three then..We should be able to muster some momentum with that.. Its still too early and the points difference is too litte.. Lets get behind the lads at the next game.

    @ obafan

    I completely agree.. taylors smile is absolutely annoying.. butt is just giving too many fouls and geremi should be purely used from the bench

  • NotAGhostToon

    Oct 25, 2008 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #18

    Come on lads dont lose faith, once we have the key players fit we can win

  • shan

    Oct 25, 2008 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #19

    bassong at left back was awful, a player that shouldn’t get into our team. he made vital mistakes, and his errors cost us the match

  • Capt Cavey

    Oct 25, 2008 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #20

    We got we deserved as they battered us in the second half. Cisse looked the business and we didn’t create.

    What scared me was the fact the Shola played all 90 and our £8m super buy hasn’t had sniff since JFK took over – my god he must very very bad!

    Disappointed the JFK didn’t look to change it sooner.

    WBA = massive we have to win

  • Mark

    Oct 25, 2008 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #21

    butt should never start…he just doesnt have the legs for it..and gives away possession too much and gives silly fouls away. hes just wayyy too slow

    taylor isnt as bad as bramble and boumsong..get off it dude. I mean hes pretty bad but youre having a laugh if you think bramble is better than him.

  • pak-toon

    Oct 25, 2008 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #22

    what exactly happened after the game? and the pictures going around of a guy wearing a black sweater and jeans – is that a scum or one of us?

  • ginkoh

    Oct 25, 2008 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #23

    I think we should play Barton instead of Butt in Tuesday so we can play 4-3-3 or 4-4-2 by pushing Duff to forward or winger.

    Let Jonas replace Geremi on Right wing too.

    I think this game our problem is midfield, Geremi Butt Guthrie all of them cannot go with ball. None of them !

    One thing I’m so worry for Tuesday is “must win pressure”. It’s hard to resist but it’s football game that’s why footballer have got high salary because they have to take every supporter’s dream with them and play the best they can.

    Hope we’ll have some lucky in Tuesday. I just need something feel-good at least in this Tuesday because I haven’t feel it since we won Bolton at our second match of the season. So long, isn’t it ?

  • wigaz

    Oct 25, 2008 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #24

    couldn’t agree more lads! Joe dropped a bollock imo today, he should have bought barton on when butt was injured instead of injection! guthrie pulled out of tackle for the goal as he was booked already butt waited too long to atempt a tackle and showed no faith in his back 4 by fouling! Barton did very well when he came on as did jonas oba looked disinterested today! at least shola tried! if Owen’s fit for tue i’d play him & shola up front. Drop Geremi please! he’s 60 years old! well he runs like it! Barton & Jonas got to start tue! 3pts needed badly & new owners too.

  • Xisco Stu

    Oct 25, 2008 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #25

    Barton, Jonas, Enrique have to start on Tuesday in place of Butt, Geremi and Taylor so that we can see a far more dynamic team then today’s showing.

    The only problem with our defence is that Taylor is the only one with some real height but he doesn’t need it. We are missing Faye’s aerial presense at the back and that needs replacing in January.

    Samba from Blackburn would be good, or possibly Michael Turner (doubt he’d leave Hull right now) or, looking back at past reported targets, Fernando Amorebieta.

  • Xisco Stu

    Oct 25, 2008 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #26

    There’s also Federico Fazio, a young Argie defender, who has also played at defensive midfield a few times. He’s got that height, aerial presence and general no-nonsense attitude.

  • letshavadisco

    Oct 25, 2008 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #27

    OBAFAN! yes taylor lacks, but for you to say Butt shouldnt have made that tackle is a joke. Yes we lost a derby and it hurts but face facts, we dont lose more than them! let them enjoy their moment. They dont know no better. We do.

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 25, 2008 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #28


  • Toon Graeme

    Oct 25, 2008 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #29

    Just read an interesting article on How can the FA let opposing fans throw coins and bottles at any player warming up. Verbal abuse is excpected but missiles – no way could it be.

    Just cause its Joey it should not be tollerated.

    Thoughts and views lads.

  • Ganiyu

    Oct 25, 2008 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #30

    Its all kinnears fault he should av removed shola in the second half.

  • Talking Head

    Oct 25, 2008 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #31

    I find it a bit odd that some people are taking the attitude of, “Well, what do you expect?” to people throwing coins and attempting to assault Barton. Doesn’t that make you guilty of exactly the same crime as him?

    In light of the violence at the end of the match – will Sunderland fans be throwing coins at each other next week? That’s what we do to people who fight isn’t it?

  • sweendog

    Oct 25, 2008 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #32

    bad result .. only positive was Collocini who was excellent..
    Ameobi did hold the line well but missed a sitter .. we desperately needed owen for this game and it showed ..

  • Toon Graeme

    Oct 25, 2008 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #33

    We needed more than Owen. The passing and posession was practically non existant and we kept loosing the ball and just couldnt find the net.

    Geremi and his set pieces – work needed.

  • Heavy hitters

    Oct 25, 2008 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #34

    Totally agree Obafan, Taylor !!!! smirking knobhead ,marks a CF and gives him 5 yards. As long as there are fans who support this defensive liability we will win nothing. Today they edged it and deserved the 3 points !! Gutted !!

  • Cooper

    Oct 25, 2008 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #35

    Reminds me of the football we were playing under sam allardyce – too much long balls

    That was sorted out by one man in particular

    Kevin Keegan – We NEED him back

  • Toon Graeme

    Oct 25, 2008 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #36

    Do you really think that KK would have made the difference? IMO – Not. Sorry that boat has sailed never to return.

  • norn iron magpie

    Oct 25, 2008 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #37

    KK isnt the answer my friend. W

  • tommy

    Oct 25, 2008 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #38

    Right, Sh*t performance and terrible game but we lets put this behind us, better to forget for all of our sakes, including the players.
    Tuesday evening MUST see Jonas start on the right and Barton start in the middle for Butt. If it was me i would also drop Guthrie and stick N’zogbia in the LCM spot, and go all guns blazing, but we know thats never going to happen so we are going to have to deal with that. Bassong was awful today and some fresh legs in Enrique could be a better option.

    My team for Tuesday:


    Realistic team for Tuesday.


  • norn iron magpie

    Oct 25, 2008 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #39

    Why didn’t he play N Zog? Did they fall out behind the scene or something?

  • norn iron magpie

    Oct 25, 2008 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #40

    Like your line up for tuesdays game tommy. Ive been saying since last season about Butthead. Rash challenges and stupid free kicks have cost us this season. He is supposed to be are vice captain. I would leave Bassong at left back though.


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