Shearer – Barton Has Let The Club And Himself Down

We suppose the best thing about yesterday’s game is that we didn’t expect anything out of it, and if Hull City lose at Villa Park tonight, we will not have lost any points on the rest of the relegation teams, but just one more game has slipped by. Of course we haven’t gained any points either.


Joey Barton – now misses rest of the season
And Alan Shearer was right when he said there will still be twists and turns in during the rest of the season, after Joey Barton, who was making his first appearance since January, got himself sent off with a straight red card,  which means he will be suspended for the final 3 games.

How’s that for shooting yourself in the head?

Liverpool were left hoping Alonso’s season, who was on the receiving end of a terrible Barton tackle,  is not over, after the midfielder was stretchered off with a badly bruised ankle.

Alan was less than happy with Joey Barton, as he said:

“I thought it was the correct decision and we now miss him for the rest of the season (through suspension),” “I’m not happy.”

“He’s let the football club down, he’s let himself down.” “He’s apologised. He wasn’t unlucky, it was the right decision.”

If we do end up relegated that will likely be the last appearance of Joey in a black and white striped shirt, and his two years on Tyneside have been terrible, to say the least. It seems there will be no happy ending for Joey and Newcastle – unless we can still survive.

Shearer was not too clear of how he would punish Joey, but it will probably be a couple of week’s wages (£120K), but obviously this is another blow for Newcastle and for Joey himself. We really had thought that he could have been a star man in Newcastle’s final 3 games.

God helps those who help themselves, and we have had no help from above this year – that’s for sure – and that should tell us something.

We need to beat the hapless Middlesbrough and a good Fulham side at home to survive, and while we hope we can do that, the lads have shown us nothing that says they are capable of that.

And Alan has hardly had a decent start in management with just 2 points from 5 games, over which time the team has scored one measly goal through Andy Carroll. Our overpaid “star” players have let themselves and the club down – it’s not just Joey Barton.

We’ll look forward to a massive clear-out of players at Newcastle in the summer.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Toon_Factor

    May 4, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #1

    Could strangle the Idiot

  • Stuart79

    May 4, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #2

    Well they do say that the standards set at the top of any organisation trickle down to the bottom

  • Dragonera

    May 4, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #3

    It was a poor challenge. However, Xabi Alonso done his level best to ensure Barton got the red, the Spaniard’s theatrics has conned many a ref in the last few seasons. He was rolling around in sheer pain until the stretcher came and he looked as relaxed as ever when exiting the pitch. He is a disgrace.

  • Dragonera

    May 4, 2009 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #4

    I admit it was probably a sending off offence, but the question has to be asked, had that have been Gerrard tackling Barton would he have recieved a red card? I doubt it. The officiating was awful yesterday.

  • Toonkistan

    May 4, 2009 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #5

    the red card has more to do with the reputation and in all honesty he did get a part of ball and god knows we needed joey in this battle but joey couldnt resist the chance to let himself down..such an asss….also i think shearer got it wrong with 4-3-3 yesterday it should’ve been 4-5-1 but loven and martins are no midfielder …..i cant believe shearer went to win at anfield…

  • Stuart79

    May 4, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #6


    We could have went there with a 4-4-4 formation and we wouldn’t have won.

    We need to concentrate on the next two home games. If we win then bith we stay up!

    But I see the Boro game being a draw the same as Fulham game

  • RyanToon

    May 4, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #7

    good player

    but he is a major liability. this game was his last in a toon shirt. good job!!

  • ToonRich

    May 4, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #8

    Ok, Joey leaped in knowing full well he’d get the player in the challenge…But I still think he got part of the ball and that the ref (who was RUBBISH) showed him the red because of who he was.

    The ref/linesmen yesterday were a disgrace and like so many officals we’ve had this season, they should not be on a football pitch. 2 examples from yesterday;
    1. Yossi’s goal, imo was half a yard offside…and you could see that by the angle the ball had to travel to get to him at the back stick.
    2. Harper hoofs the ball upfield to Viduka, there was a clear bank of 3 l’pool defenders behind him yet the lines men waves the flag??? whats that all about!!

    We’ve been cheated all season 🙁

  • Tom4Nufc

    May 4, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #9

    In one word Barton is a ‘prick’ no other word can describe him, talented footballer, but a nutter who has let us all down.

  • Otter

    May 4, 2009 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #10

    The problem wasn’t the tackle itself, it was the decision to try a sliding challenge in the corner on someone with his back to goal. There was nothing whatever to gain. Even if he’d managed to knock the ball off Alonso and out, the linesman and ref were on the opposite side and would never give that call. Incredibly stupid for someone who has played the game as long as Barton.

    The tackle wasn’t that bad–only went in one-footed (unlike St. Gerrard usually does) and did get a piece of the ball.

  • Darlomag

    May 4, 2009 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #11

    Thats the last we see of him me thinks if i was playing in a team which cant string two passes together it would get my back up and make me want to crunch someone.

  • coloccini.AWFUL

    May 5, 2009 at 1:59 AM

    Comment #12


    “He’s got worse and worse all season! He had a decent game at Old Trafford but after that… hard to think of any positives. He’s ALWAYS in the wrong position, playing everyone onside! He can’t tackle, has no pace and always hoofs the ball back to the opposition. Total and utter s**te!!!”

  • Tom_Toon

    May 5, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #13



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