Joey Barton Is Going Nowhere – Kinnear

Joe Kinnear is adamant that players who can help Newcastle United in the relegation fight will not be leaving the club in January.


Joey Barton – staying at Newcastle United

And manager Joe Kinnear has denied that Bolton Wanderers have made any bid for Joey Barton, which has been all over the papers the last couple of weeks.

And Joe says if Bolton are thinking about it they are wasting their time as Joe said:

“There’s been no bid,” “Tell Gary Megson he is talking crap.”

“I am confident Joey will still be here at end of month. We will not have anybody who is an asset to us out of the shop window.”

“Not a chance. Wait and see if I am right but I assure you, I am.”

Joe sees Barton as a key player for the club, and certainly Joey played very well when he did finally get back for a few games earlier in the season.

And it’s wise for Joe to hold onto his players, like Charles N’Zogbia through the end of the season, when the real push for new players will begin in the summer, but we still need to bring in some defensive reinforcements still in January.  It looks like we have two central midfielders coming in on loan, and winger Peter Lovenkrands is also a possibility.

Newcastle are interested in Irishman Steve Finnan but he’s been injured nearly all the time he’s been at Espanyol, having played just 4 games for them, and we hardly need to sign yet another injury prone player.

The good news on the injury front is that both José Enrique and Joey Barton returned to training yesterday, although neither will make the game today at Blackburn Rovers, with Joey having been out since the Wigan 2-2 draw at St. James’ Park in the middle of November.

Andy Carroll and Steven Taylor will both be available for the game, which is what we had assumed, but that’s still good news, because the team will be stronger than the one we put out on Wednesday against Hull City.

Comments welcome.

35 comments so far

  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 17, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #1

    Come on JFK – dont say another manager is talking crap when it is obvious you do (at times)

    I could knock out Cattermole.

    Come on Joey son – get back to fitness and replace Butt. Joey and Guthrie in the engine room would be a good start against the mackems.

  • Tom

    Jan 17, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #2

    Barton and Guthrie worked well when they were paired together, I’d love to see them there again. Would give Butt a bit of a rest, and he can be brought on to shore up games, if needed!

  • The Real Entertainers

    Jan 17, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #3

    I agree

    Barton and Guthrie look the best combo in the centre.

    Mind i’ve being saying that since the vast majority wanted him out in the summer.

    Good honest work ethic and a bit of quality too

  • Norn Iron Magpie

    Jan 17, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #4

    JK sayin another manager is talking crap. Funny that. Will be glad to see Barton back and drop Butt. Me thinks JK will probably drop Guthrie instead.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 17, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #5

    Norn –

    Youre probably right, but we need youth and speed in the mid. Butt is too slow – although does have his uses.

  • DanToon

    Jan 17, 2009 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #6

    The first team officials could do with taking a leaf out of the youth team’s book, we’re signing quality players all over the shop in that department! The long distant future’s bright. Unless we get relegated this season and they all bugger off, would be typical!!

  • aus_toon_todd

    Jan 17, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #7

    jk fishing for a better price.

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 17, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #8

    me to guthrei is not as good as people say….
    if you want to be in the bottom halv of the table every year hes your man

  • DanToon

    Jan 17, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #9

    I would love this team to be fighting fit for today!





    Subs: Harper, Taylor (crap), Duff, Viduka, Butt, Carroll, Edgar.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 17, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #10

    Dan – unfortunately it aint gonna look like that til poss mid feb!

    On paper though – thats a good team to field.

  • Californication

    Jan 17, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #11

    DanToon- I would back that team in against the majority of this league. That’s the thing, when everyone is fit and firing we have quite a reasonable squad. When players are going down left, right, and centre and we are down to the bare bones as we are now we can be made to look very ordinary at times.

  • DanToon

    Jan 17, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #12

    Toon Graeme & Californication – I know, we have no stregnth in depth you see. That’s why we need more players at the club, just wish fat Ashley could see the obvious!

  • Don

    Jan 17, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #13

    Dan – unfortunately its never gonna look like that under jfk

  • NorthernPaul

    Jan 17, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #14

    JK is a constant source of embarrasment to the club. Why cant he act with the slightest bit of dignity and stop making the club look stupid?

    This is yet another interview which he didnt need to make.

    There is also a very good chance that he is lieing and trying to up his price as mentioned above.

    I am gutted that we may be stuck with this idiot as our manager for the next 3 years.

  • murvar

    Jan 17, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #15

    JFK is a complete idiot and out of his depth BUT I don’t think he can be blamed for not deploying the kids or accused of not being interested in them; now is not the time – it can ruin them to play in a struggling team where even the experienced and more talented guys are failing. This is what Ardiles did – he played kids and we were in dire straits, although it was fun to watch even tho we got beat all the time! And not too many of them came through – Elliot Watson and Clark the best of them.

    We are tending to assume that all these kids are going to be world-beaters but we know that if one or two get to international level we will have done well; most will fall by the wayside – that’s the way it is. As they grow and get thrust into harder situations you find out more about them, and just who has the talent, temperament, fitness and luck to thrive.

  • murvar

    Jan 17, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #17

    Dan Toon – I agree that’s our best poss team if they were all fit. It does show that we do have some decent players. We could do with a manager who knew what he was doing as well.

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Jan 17, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #18

    Murvar – I hate to say this but remember when the scum were relegate from the old 1st division – after it was confirmed that they were relegated tehy decided to throw on the youngsters (Gary Rowell comes to kind) – they started to win matched 9-0 (sic) and had a great end to the season. Youth should be given its chance – especially when the old pros are just going through the motions, throwing out toys and generally wanting away.

  • Spyro

    Jan 17, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #19

    Best news of the window.

  • The Real Entertainers

    Jan 17, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #20

    Apart from the youth playing, the other difference was they played with consequence.

    You often find confirmed relegated teams play better and the result pick up.

    Its the pressures that often have teams beaten before they walk out onto the pitch.

    That pressure could knock back the youngsters back years!

  • The Real Entertainers

    Jan 17, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #21

    *Played WITHOUT consequence ….sorry

  • gggrrrr

    Jan 17, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #22

    Can anyone provide help!!!

    I can log into this blog and get up to date postings via the newsnow site but when I go in through the proper route the stories are a day old and postings aren’t updated.

    Is this a common fault for everyone or have I done something wrong?

    Many thanks if anyone can provide assistance.

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Jan 17, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #23

    RealEnt – I am not saying load the team up with them – but at least give the likes of Lua Lua, Ranger and Xisco a run out

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Jan 17, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #24

    Forgot to add – when do we take the plunge with the youngsters – perhaps if we put more on hte pitch we would know one way or the other if they were up to the task – look at Shola – he has been introduced steadily over a vast time period and is still crap.

    I say – put them on – have a look – and then decide – play them , ditch them or loan them – either way we would know – who knows we may be sitting on the next Rooney

  • Toon_Sydney

    Jan 17, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #25

    “There’s been no bid,” “Tell Gary Megson he is talking crap.”

    word hypocrite come to mind? im surprised he said crap instead of Sh*t

  • The Real Entertainers

    Jan 17, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #26

    I know what you mean,

    but in that position (striker) you have to accept that in Joes mind the preference is

    Lua Lua

    i also agree with him, for the reason i mentioned earlier. i’m not apposed to thowing the young lads on the bench as hes doing now out of necessity.

    But unless we are 2 or 3 nil up, i cant see him throwing on the kids.

    I had hoped we would have had decent 1st team strikers at the club and had the luck of keeping them all fit, then loan out Carroll and Lua Lua.

    Anyway its such a shame we’re grasping at straws, by asking the younger plays to play a part, we should have increased our squad in the summer and we wouldnt be having this debate.

  • The Real Entertainers

    Jan 17, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #27

    We may be sitting on the next Rooney (fingers crossed)

    But by throwing on a number of youngsters, just so we can see if they sink or swim in a relegation battle, yes we may find one Rooney, but damage another 3 or 4.

    My own personal opinion is we (the club) have a duty of care with the youngsters and by nurturing them we could have 1 Rooney and 3 or 4 1st team players.

    I’d much rather wait and be patient. The 1st teamers got us into this mess, let them get us out.

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Jan 17, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #28

    Real Ent – sometimes when you keep your powder dry for too long it goes off – any decent youngester will want to play – if he feels he is being held back he will ask for a move so we loosse him anyway – might as well find 1 Rooney and loose 4 Caldwells than risk the Rooney walking out through lack of opportunity – (an issue that Chelski and Man City have)

  • batty

    Jan 17, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #29

    why do people think colo is good he,s made more mistakes this season than bramble

  • The Real Entertainers

    Jan 17, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #30

    But there lies the difference.

    Where on a different planet when it comes to Chelski and Man Citeh.

    They’ll get there chance here if good enough.

  • Jan Stavik

    Jan 17, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #31

    Finally I registered…

    Joey should stay, if he can clean up his act he’s a fine midfielder. If we can bring in a strong lad to partner him (Mbia?) we will have a strong central midfield. However, playing Butt gives us one of the weakest central midfields of the league.

    I’m more worried about yesterdays news that Kinnear will be offered a long time contract, having that clown as a permanent manager would be a disaster. Let’s hope he’s again telling lies, it seems like what Kinnear says to the press constantly is fabrications (lies). Let’s hope that’s the case this time too…

  • craig s chisholm

    Jan 17, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #32

    we need to keep barton. he is the only real decent midfielder we have.

  • Doocey

    Jan 17, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #33

    Great news, where are you Waddles?! lol!

    I certainly hope this is true and Barton stays because he is quality

  • Raffo

    Jan 17, 2009 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #34

    fabtastic if true, but hes hung himself out to dry AGAIN if it turns out joey goes

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 17, 2009 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #35



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