Joe Kinnear seems to be acting like a father to Joey Barton, and Joe talks to him every day, and Joey would be well advised to listen closely to Joe, because his advice is spot on.
Joey Barton – Joe talks to him every day
Kinnear talked about Joey today:
“None of this is going to go away. Joey is playing with all this stuff over his head and it is coming back to haunt him and the only way he can answer his critics is to play good football.”
“He has to just be himself and play as well as he has been. He was outstanding the other night.” “When he came on against Sunderland, he got stories for the wrong reason, and again, it marred his performance. What happened the other night was unfortunate.”
“But the thing is with Joey, he has got good character. I speak to him on a daily basis and I have spoken to him and said, ‘You are in the limelight, you can’t afford to give them what they are looking for. You are a silly boy.”
“But he is so competitive. He is a winner, and like all competitors and winners, they sometimes over-step the mark because of their nature.” “He has got to control that and once he manages to do that, then he is as good as most midfielders around in the Premier League.”
“He is a winner for sure, so I don’t ever want him to lose that. I don’t want him to lose the fact that he has that winning mentality, I don’t want that to be taken away from him.”
“But he has been battered from pillar to post and I have got to make sure I keep him in the right frame of mind.” “I don’t want it to get to him, all this stuff that is going on around him.” ‘He has to live with it, we know that, but he also has to focus on playing good football.”
And more news of the wrong kind for Joey, in that Liverpool County Court District Judge Michael Baker has agreed a request from Phil Alcock, representing Barton who was not present, that he be allowed to question Jordan Spencer, 17, when the case finally comes to trial.
Jordan was physically attacked by Barton, and was left with scars to his face and mouth, after his jaw had been broken. The teenager is suing Barton for damages over the incident.
Richard Edwards was representing Mr Spencer and a surgeon had prepared an expert report on the youngster’s injuries. Edwards said:
“The scar on Mr Spencer’s lip can be seen from six foot away.”
“There is a (second) scar on his lip which may indicate the presence of a foreign body, and damage to one of his upper left teeth which dentists have said is now dead.”
The assault took place in the Liverpool city center at around 5:15 am, on December 27th last year, after Barton had been drinking heavily. He was found guilty and served a four-month prison sentence earlier this year, with the altercation being caught fully on CCTV cameras.
The Jordan Spencer case was adjourned to an unspecified date, some time after April 30 next year. But wouldn’t it be better to try to get these things over with – we know the wheels of justice turn slowly, but this is ridiculous.