Joey Barton Is An Instictive Type Of Player

Joe Kinnear was asked again about Joey  Barton before the team left for London for their game tomorrow afternoon, which will be broadcast live around the world.

Joey Barton – an instinctive kind of player

Joe was asked whether he thought Joey, because of all the media spotlight on him, should try to tone down his game a little, and Joe said:

“I agree that Joey has to be whiter than white, but the point is why has there got to be a headline about everything he does?” “He’s a kid who’s instinctive.””He doesn’t plan to kiss his badge – it’s emotional.”

“That’s how he plays. He’s always going to be scrutinized – I’ve spoken to him about that but I don’t want to take anything out of who he is. But, yeah, he has to learn and he’s aware of that.”

“These kind of questions aren’t new, though. I had them for ten years with Vinnie Jones.” “It was the same sort of stuff – Vinnie blew his nose and the headline would be ‘Vinnie’s headbutted someone’. There’s no difference.”

It’s a difficult situation for both Joey and Joe, because just one bad or mistimed tackle, or an argument with some other player will be blown out of all proportion, first of all by the TV commentators, and then by the media after the game.

But that’s the way it is right now, and Joey is after all responsible for his plight, so the only thing to do is to lump it, as we used to say. Keep playing with passion, but be ready for ploys to get into trouble, and stay away from them on the field.

But it’s so much easier to say and write about, than to actually do it.

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • tino97

    Nov 8, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #1

    Nice comparison with Vinnie Jones, but Barton can play a bit. Everyone is talking about Barton. It might be a good thing for us. Daft as that sounds. Its seems most people haven’t noticed our performances in the last few weeks, there isn’t much focus on the rest of the players and they can just get on with it. We are coming up on the inside rail. I would be happy with a draw at Fulham. They have a decent midfield, but no-one that is going to get stuck in. Joey and Nicky might win that battle, I fancy our forward players to cause them trouble.

  • Sav

    Nov 8, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #2

    Have to comment about the Holy Joes of O’Neill, Villa and especially ‘Gobby’ Agbonlahor.
    Today Gobby sells his exclusive to The Mirror in ‘Gabriel Agbonlahor exclusive: Why I let Joey Barton get away with loutish behaviour.’
    And he’s not pressing charges ‘because Joey’s had enough bad press’. …WTF!
    No mention of the WWF move that put Barton on the floor in the first place. And if you’re going to let it go, then let it go. Be a man and don’t tattle the first hack who offers you few bob.
    How can you answer the charge ‘ I’m not going to accuse you of racism becasuse I don’t want you to get more bad press’?

    Sounds like Gobby is hacked off because he was at least as culpable as Barton, his team folded and he missed a sitter.

    Far be it from me to defend Barton, who is, admittedly, an idiot but Gobby takes the biscuit for hypocrisy.

  • Toon_Ksk

    Nov 8, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #3

    Villa are really sore losers. Can’t help but to say this. I rather they sent a complaint than to come out saying such cr@p.

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 8, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #4

    Agreed Tino97,
    Also agree with sav, dead right mate!..& there was NO racist abuse, that’s just the press tryin’ to link the 2 issues, agbonthehoare woulda defo made a complaint if there had been, & rightly so, but there wasn’t, ‘cos in every report the 2 issues have never been acutally mentioned by him in anyway!..Speculative hack press conjecture!..

  • Doocey

    Nov 8, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #5

    I still don’t believe Barton has learnt his lesson. He needs to keep his mouth shut but all that said Agbonlahor shouldn’t of went to the press about it, let it go. Agbonlahor is a great player. Barton needs to knuckle down on the game rather than people!

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 8, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #6

    Just keep attendin’ the anger management classes Joey…You’re gettin’ there son, it’s gonna take a while…But let’s stick with it!..


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