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Willie McKay Gets Tough With Martin O’Neill

10:06 am, Thursday, November 6th, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 22 Comments

Newcastle United’s in-form central midfielder, Joey Barton, was defended yesterday by his agent, Willie Mackay.

Willie McKay – Barton made Villa midfielders look ordinary on Monday

Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor decided yesterday not to bring any charges against Joey Barton for allegedly using racial comments, but we think this was a huge mountain made out of a very small mole hill, and a decent decision by Gabby.

For this to get so much attention, there’s probably nothing else happening in the news this week, if the truth be told.

Willie said today:

“It’s a nonsense. Who do you think scored Newcastle’s two goals on Monday night? It was a black lad (Obafemi Martins) and Joey celebrated with him. Are those the actions of someone who would get caught up in something like this?”

“I think Martin O’Neill is peeved because his two England midfielders were made to look very ordinary by Joey on Monday night.”

A little bit hard on Martin O’Neill, who was obviously not happy that his team had been outplayed at the end by a resurgent Newcastle side, carried to victory in the last 20 minutes, by their fantastic supporters.

You can hardly expect the man to be delighted at losing, and Martin O’Neill is nothing, if not hugely competitive.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Joey Barton · Newcastle News · Newcastle Youth



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22 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Chizzy_Toon // Nov 6, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    1st

  • 2 seetow // Nov 6, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    never really agreed with mckay, but spot on man o’neill just felt peeved that a convict dominated his supposed english internationals in midfield

  • 3 Big Si // Nov 6, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    This feels like a press induced story and there can’t be anything in it otherwise Gabby would have reacted differently on the night and he would have made an official complaint. The mockney press looking for something to drag NUFC through the mud.

    Joey is going to have to be whiter than white for the rest of this season and we can expect more mud slinging over the next few weeks.

  • 4 BW POSITIVE // Nov 6, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Completely Agree. Joey was sensational. His movement and work ethic were 1st class. Barry looked like he was carrying lumber compared to Joey. Im a massive fan of Barton, I am over the moon to see him play well again. I really wish we would drop Butt and let Guthrie get the experience he needs because Barton and Guthrie are two exceptional talents and in years to come the pair of them will reap Nufc massive rewards. I think we already have 3 of a potential top 6 challenging midfield with Jonas, Guthrie and Barton. Just need to sell Duff and get a proper, fast skillfull winger that actually gets assists similar to what Robert did for us when he was in the mood. I think Lennon is the man but we will see.

  • 5 brownrob // Nov 6, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Willie may be right, but willie mckay is a scumbag…

  • 6 Sav // Nov 6, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    No doubt the press hyped it up. Did anyone expect any different?

    Given the circumstances and Joey’s recent ‘role model’ speech, however, there’s no doubt he contributed to his own problems again. Under the scrutiny he will be under, will he ever learn? There’s a 6 week suspension coming as sure as eggs are eggs.

  • 7 craig chisholm // Nov 6, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    good for mckay, bollocks to them all inc o neill. i know that joey is no angel but it appears that he gets alot more attention than other players would get for doing similar actions. he has paid his price and served his time for what he has done. real criminals coming out of jail would not be hounded in this way ffs.

  • 8 GoesseN // Nov 6, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    #6…

    theres no suspension, the FA released a statement… or do you not like learning your fact, so you must mean as sure as eggs are square or something along those lines!

  • 9 Spyro // Nov 6, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Its too easy isn’t it.

    Joey Bartons brother + Spat with Agbonlahor = Racism story.

    It is poor journalism from a poor publication. The press are simply trying to ensure the boo’s towards Barton don’t stop. That way they have an automatic story every week. Lazyness.

  • 10 Len // Nov 6, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Top bloke Joey. I think we should give him squad number 11 with a face peering out from behind the ‘bars’.

  • 11 JP from The Rock // Nov 6, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Well done to Joey Barton for his hard-working display on Monday. He worked his socks off in the middle and I too would like him to be paired with Guthrie in the centre. Although it amazes me to see Barton fueling his own fire by doing stupid things like flicking his fingers at players faces. Hw knows the jury is out on him so why in the hell would he even think such a stupid thing. I find that disrespective to us fans and the club after all the support we have given him. I really hope he matures into a good professional for us as he has all the attributes to become our very own Gattuso.

    Keep up the good work Joey but cut the bullshit!

  • 12 ToonKing // Nov 6, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Fully agree with your post BW POSITIVE, we don’t even need to buy a left winger, just play Zog before Duff and then we have a great midfield.

    Zog–Barton–Guthrie–Jonas

  • 13 Alan Curley // Nov 6, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    I think it was the Meda that blew the Barton thing out of proportion not Martin O’Neill.
    If anything, he was trying to put it behind everyone as well as barton, Kinnera and Agbonlahor himself.
    It was a great performance by barton but I wouldn’t pay any real attention to what Willie Mckay has to say as he will always be talking up his player hoping to get a better transfer value for him.
    Don’t agree with BW positive on getting rid of Duff thouogh, He’s showing what a player he can be in recent games and deserves a chance to repay newcastle for the Faith paid in him.
    He provides a Great creative outlet down the Left compared to Guiterrez’ on the right and let Butt/Guthrie and Barton do their Thang in Midfield will lead to the Defence allowed to do theirs more easily and the Strikers getting more service all equals More goals – more clean sheets and hence more points.
    Nice, simple and effective.

  • 14 skin d // Nov 6, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    o,neill is a rambling speccy c##t!!!!.

  • 15 JIM // Nov 6, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    EH! SELL DUFF? ARE YA MAD? HES CAUSING ALLSORTS OF PROBLEMS ALL OVER THE FIELD FOR THE OPPOSITION! AND GETS BACK TO HELP OUT IN DEFENSE U NUTTER! OH THERE LOOKING GOOD LADS!-SERIOUSLY-WITH OWEN AND THEN VIDOOKS BACK WE WILL BE UP THERE COME JANUARY-PLAYING AS A HAPPY TEAM IS WOT ITS ALL ABOUT!BIG SMILES ! CMAAN! I HONESTLY DOUBT KEEGAN WOULD HAVE HAD US ANY HIGHER-AND IT WOULD HAVE BEEN LIKE A TIME BOMB WAITING TO GO OFF FOR WHEN HE LEFT AGAIN! JFK,S GIVEN THEM CONFIDENCE AND BELIEF! HE DESERVES MORE CREDIT-HE HAD THE BALLS TO TAKE THE CHALLENGE! O NEIL,VENABLES,KEEGAN AND ALAN SHEARER DIDNT!

  • 16 JIM // Nov 6, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    JFK,S BLACK N WHITE ARMY!

  • 17 GoesseN // Nov 6, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    jim stop posting the same an all the articles. please

  • 18 Tom_Toon // Nov 6, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Duff is flattering to deceive big time.

    He has no end product, he just runs around in circles.

    Play N’Zogbia.

  • 19 BW POSITIVE // Nov 6, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Sorry but Duff has lost his pace. He offers nothing other than hard work. To his credit he does hold onto the ball well, but he has zero end product. He can never beat a man, he has no pace what so ever and his movement to be honest leaves alot to be desired. He has no right foot. Whilst I also agree Nzogbia should be used more, I sincerely do not believe this man will ever be more than a show boat. His entire playing philosophy is shop window, do neat tricks etc to grab Wengers attention. We need someone who will be a genuine threat to defences with killer balls. Another Jonas will do, im sure there is plenty more hard working, pacey wingers out there which can actually create chances. Nzogbia for me goes through the motions and never actually delivers.

  • 20 Arijit // Nov 6, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Calling in lip-readers (as per the media) proves that Aston Villa (which means ONeil) was infact interested in getting something out of it. I guess the lip readers didn’t help, and that’s why they dropped. If they have any integrity, ONeil and Agbonlahor should come out and apologize. I’m naming Agbonlahor because he should have been the first to come out and call it off – why did it take him 3 days to do that?

  • 21 Punk Skunk // Nov 6, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Ignore & boycott the press, they suck big ones!..

    …mon is a cry baby, bad loser!..

    …The press will stop at nothin’ to undermine us since they got told where to go by JK…Leave them totally out of the loop…All they do is make crap up anyway!..

    …Boycott the rags!..We’ve got the web now, so, BYE BYE HACK PLEBS!..

  • 22 barney // Nov 6, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    O’Neil has turned into some kind of pseudo intelectual a**e listen to the absolute utter garbage comments he made about Abonglahors nose what a complete t**t they He allowed this racist crap to hang around for 2 days he should be brought up in front of the FA for leaking it to the press.
    Oh and by the way apart from Celtic (where he inherited a league einning side and Henrik Larsson) he really has done buggar all apart from blowing the scottish title on the last day before he decided to quit.
    I’ll tell yer OVERATED




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