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.