Joey Barton Can Become Like Keane Or Vieira


Joe Kinnear talked to the People today, and fully believes that if Joey keeps himself in check, he can become as good as Roy Keane or Patrick Vieira.

Joey Barton – first name on Kinnear’s team sheet

Joe talked to the People this morning:

“Joey can become a Keane or a Patrick Vieira if he keeps himself in check, and I just keep telling him not to get involved and to let his football do the talking.”

“When I see what’s been going on with Joey this week it reminds me of when I was working with Vinnie,” “He learned to live with all the criticism and eventually turned it to his advantage. He became a cult hero.”

“Vinnie always thought his reputation was a weapon the other team used.” “On the pitch in his day he was always the victim of serious verbals.” “But I was always saying to him ‘if you react to it I’m taking you off’ – and that’s when it stopped.”

Kinnear has told Barton he will be the first name on his team-sheet, for as long as he stays as manager at the Tyneside club, in the hot seat on Tyneside. And hopefully Joey will listen to Kinnear, who has been telling him to do all the right things on the field and keep out of trouble.

Joey was cautioned on Monday night and of course there was all kinds of things made about his altercation in that game with Gabby Agbonlahor, including some claims of racial abuse.

Joey said today:

“I was a little disappointed I got booked for a challenge because I thought I had won the ball cleanly.”

“I can only hope that wherever I go now my reputation is not going to precede me and hopefully people will just let me get on with playing football for Newcastle United.”

“But I have to say that it is sad some people are ready to make a mountain out of a molehill.”

Well Joey, a lot of people think you are sad right now, but you have to keep your head down and get yourself an improved image in these intiial games you play for Newcastle, and try not to get involved in any trouble on the field.

We would hope that Joey plays as well as he did last Monday night, and stays out of trouble during the game with Fulham today.

Comments welcome.



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15 comments so far

  • Dan13

    Nov 9, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #1

    Barton will be on my toon top when new home one comes out next year.

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  • Dan13

    Nov 9, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #2

    Oo bought me Boro ticket yesterday,
    We’ll win 😛

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  • Mac

    Nov 9, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #3

    I must admit he is becoming one of our most important players. And i for onr fully support him.

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  • wigaz

    Nov 9, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #4

    I agree with Joe! there is not many players around anymore who fit in to that Keane viera mould playing with all the passion & fire that a midfielder should have, joey definatley fits that description. I know people say he’s a thug and i cant blame them for that, but remeber Keane & Viera were 2 of the best & they did things such as: Intentially trying to end some1’s career (Halland Man city tackle) Spitting in peoples face. Fighting in the tunnel. Even Gerrard when he first broke on to the scene used to tackle people & you would cringe coz they were so OTT! now he’s grown in to being one of the best if not the best CM in the world! the only difference is that Gerrard grew up & Joey didn’t. Lets just hope noe he can & become a real Toon hero!

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  • Spyro

    Nov 9, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #5

    He is going to be vital today

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  • Alex

    Nov 9, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #6

    The trouble is Barton is the sort of player who`s game is based on aggression , Keane was the same , if you take that out of them then they only half the player . Every top team has such a player in the side , unfortunately for Barton his aggression on the field will always be compared to his behavior outside of football .

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  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 9, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #7

    Prefer him to be more like Viera than the mong down the road…& yea, both of them were ‘thugs’, without quetion…If the arse had a ‘thug’ they’d kill everyone right now!..

    …Just keep a grip on y’temper Joey B & you’ll be a reclaimed legend up here man!..

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  • Gunnar from Iceland

    Nov 9, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #8

    Let’ not get ahead of us guys! 2 decent games in a row and Viera’s, keane’s and Ibrahimovich’s are popping up like penis enlargement ads!

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  • bruTOOOON

    Nov 9, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #9

    His attitude outside the football field will cause opponents to shit their pants when they meet joey barton

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  • iain

    Nov 9, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #10

    for all his off the pitch behavior bartons on the pitch antics are no worse than keane or vieras ever where.

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  • reillers

    Nov 9, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #11

    I’ve said it before that Barton is very like Keane, or how Keane could have turned out. The difference is, besides that “eye for an eye” attitude Keane walked the fine line, while Barton bunji-jumped over it.
    Like there was a point where things could have gone in another completly different direction for Keane, if he hadn’t been straightened out he could well have been in a position that Barton has been in..but he wasn’t. He didn’t cross that line.

    Keane was without a doubt the best midfielder of his era (hard not to break out into song there.)
    No one gave more then he did, or Vieria for that matter.
    Keane had that extra level though, of comitment that is, he sacrificed a lot for his team. He was very selfless. He despite getting a yellow in the CL semi in 99 gave one of his best preformances in a United jersey and got them to the final despite not being able to play. He couldn’t stand the laid back, we’ll give it a lash Irish attitude and he was sent home for a fight about that. He split the country, ignited passions that no one realised were there. Keane was passion, he was our general, our leader. He was the only one who believed that we could win the WC.

    Anway, they made Man U and Arsenal what they were. They were the rivalry. If Keane was better Man U won, if Viera was better then Arsenal won.

    Keane and Viera made United and Arsenal, that extra spice that pure red hot passion, that had them at eachothers throats in the tunnel, that had them constantly fighthing eachother. Men against men in a blood bath..no one brought out that much passion in a team or club then them, but at the end of the end of the day, they had immense respect for eachother..who won the game was usually decided on who won the Keane-Vieria battle.
    Now a days the spark isn’t there, it’s flat, Ronaldo and Walcott don’t really egnite the same passion now do they.

    So far, Barton doesn’t come within a mile of that, there’s light between them. But maybe one day, despite things that he did on and off the field, he’ll be rememberd in the cult status as Keane Vieria are, love them or hate them, you can’t ignore them.
    Maybe one day, but to even be named in the same breath as either of the two he’ll need to work bloody hard and wind his head in.
    They both, especially Keane thrived on the crowd booing him, because they cared enough to boo, maybe if Barton took that attitude, instead of loosing his head then it would be easier on him.

    I’ve a lot of time for him though, he’s served his time, that would be enough for any ordinary person. He’s put in 2 MOTM preformances, lets hope he keeps it up, but that’s very far away from the endless number of trophies that Keane Vieria won.

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Nov 9, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #12

    future captain without doubt. Agree dan13, i too will have his name on my home shirt, i have him on my away just now like.

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  • Sav

    Nov 9, 2008 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #13

    He’s not bad. By our standards he’s pretty good. Joey is a decent standard Prem midfielder. But he is nowhere near Keane or Vieira.
    Decent long range attempt from him today, though.

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  • Barcode

    Nov 9, 2008 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #14

    Keane liked a punch-up as well.

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  • Sav

    Nov 9, 2008 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #15

    …and Keane’s GBH was premeditated.
    But the two should not be mentioned in the same breath as far as football is concerned.

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