If Alan Shearer Stays At Newcastle Then Joey Barton Goes


The papers are full of the news this morning that Joey Barton will leave Newcastle, if as expected, Alan Shearer stays on as manager at Newcastle United.

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Alan Shearer – if he stays Joey goes

 And something very clear has come out of this fracas, and that is that Alan Shearer will stand no nonsense from any of his players, and it’s probably just as well that Joey goes now, since it’s rather unlikely he can fit into a disciplined Alan Shearer side at Newcastle.

And it’s clear that Newcastle United’s players support Alan Shearer in his row with Joey Barton. The reports this morning also suggest that Shearer would like to rip up Joey’s contract at Newcastle, which is for £65K/week, and still has 3 years to run.

But not with Shearer at Newcastle, and the club should try to get as much as they can for the player since it seems, however strange, that he still has some suitors in the Premier League.

Joey Barton was completely ignored by Shearer as he left the pitch on Sunday, and the Liverpool-born player had once again left both himself, Shearer and the Newcastle club down.

We had thought when Shearer was appointed whether Barton would have a future at the club, but only last week Shearer had said Joey had done everything asked of him and he hadn’ty been any problem – but that all changed on Sunday.

An apparently livid Shearer told Joey after the game:

“That was a coward’s tackle.”

Barton is known all too well for his temper and rather reckless behavior, and he replied to the comment with a tirade against his manager – which turned out to be a huge mistake.

Reports suggest that Shearer was furious with the player, but managed to restrain himself in front of his players, but assistant manager Iain Dowie intervened and Joey then called him a “a p***k.”

Then apparently when Barton called Alan’s tactics s**t, Iain asked him why he hadn’t mentioned that during the previous week, and Barton had no real answer. Remember, it’s easy to criticize, but more difficult to come up with alternatives, which is what irresponsible people keep doing, all the time.

Not surprisingly the players were shocked at the antics of Barton, but they were supporting their manager on the training ground yesterday, and this may be just what the side needs to bring the lads more together.  We need the side stronger in spirit because if somebody feels like Barton, but says nothing about it, it will simply undermine the team, and Alan.

It’s not the first time Alan will be involved in something like this, but if there’s one thing with Shearer, he will be the boss, and his players will be moved out if they don’t tow the line – that was a message every single player received on Sunday.

Tow the line for Shearer and Newcastle, and the players will be just fine, and that’s the way it should be.

Comments welcome.


20 comments so far

  • lesh

    May 6, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #1

    Barton’s ehaviour comes as no real surprise and Shearer’s had no choice but to assert his authority – thankfully with the backing of the powers that be.

    At this stage of the season, there must be a discipline in the club that encourages all players to think and act as one – those who dissent will contribute nothing to morale and banning Barton from the club has been the right thing to do.

    Let’s hope that this unfortunate episode helps focus the palyers’ minds and helps them undrestand that what comes out of life is generally a product of what one puts in.

    By toeing the line and playing with a Shearer-like heart, the players have the ability to help get the club out of the dire predicament its in.

    Big hearts are needed for Monday and the following two games.

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  • batty

    May 6, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #2

    IN a scousers words good buy joey you little meff

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  • Toon Graeme

    May 6, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #3

    Ive said all I am going to say about Barton yesterday and think we all should draw a line now.

    The buck stops with the manager!

    Would any player speak to Wenger, Fergie or Hiddink for example (allegd or not) – I doubt it.

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  • Whumpie

    May 6, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #4

    Meff – no idea what it means, but I like it.

    I think Shearer had the gun loaded for Barton from months back. He was always ready to put it away, but there was no way Barton was getting (or deserving) any more chances.

    I hope Shearer stays – he’s exactly the authority that nobody has had at the club since Sir Bobby left. Even Wor Bob was a cuddly toy compared to Big Al when riled, and we’re now going to see the much-needed clear-out of bad attitudes at the club.

    Big Al with Iain Dowie are looking like exactly what we need, whether we stay up or not.

    And Barton will be in jail long-term – or dead – by his 35th birthday. As long as he’s nowhere near St James’s, I really don’t care.

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  • shearerbliss

    May 6, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #5

    For a long time I have to admit that we as a club are finnaly turning the corner. If it was say JFK we he fans would be calling for his head, but because it is the great AS what he says goes and every fan around the world would accept it. A fantastic decision by AS and would be well supported. I would not like to be JB in Newcastle right now because I would give him a flogging!
    But serious I would back AS in whatever desision he mkes and hope the supports do too. The silver lining of this year is if we stay up and AS starts slowly next year or makes mistakes hopefully fans would remember this season as the lowest point and give him the years he needs to bring in the disiple and attacking style we know AS would eventually produce.
    With AS in charge it at least keeps a smile on my face and as much as other fans ridcule us in a way they are a bit jelous that we have the manager we want!

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  • batty

    May 6, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #6

    Meff 36 up, 6 down
    A word that originated in liverpool which was originally used to describe someone who drank meths… now however it means something completely different that is hard to put your finger on. Its a insult but not, kind of like a ditsy idiot. someone who doesnt quite fit in, has the wrong brands… but again still hard to explain…
    ‘my trainers are nicks’ ‘aw man thats well meffy! you meff’
    ‘my mum shops at nettos’ you total meff’
    ‘says something stupid, like england will float if theres global warming coz were an island’ omg how stupid are you you f*****ing meff!

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  • shearerbliss

    May 6, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #7

    Toon Grame the manager did not commit assult on the pitch therefore it can not stop with him!

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  • Whumpie

    May 6, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #8

    Shearbliss – spot on. I must admit, the tone has changed a bit since Big Al arrived. Some still try to stick the knife in, but anyone older than 30 knows all about the man and they’ve gone a bit quieter, knowing that there’s a good chance the comedy show may have had its last season.

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  • batty

    May 6, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #9

    Whumpie your spot on there m8

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  • Whumpie

    May 6, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #10

    One thing that’s confusing me, Ed – you, among others, seem quite positive about the idea that Shearer will stay. Is that based on anything solid, because I’ve not read any direct quotes that make it any more certain than the week he arrived.

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  • Toon Graeme

    May 6, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #11

    Shearbliss – was referring to the alleged incident off pitch not on it mate.

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  • Nick D

    May 6, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #12

    When a player says he’s the best player at the club, it’s a bit like referring to yourself in the 3rd person. It means your ego has gone in to overload and crashed. Shearer is spot on in trying to remove Barton’s extemely disruptive influence from the team.

    I know A.S hasn’t been gettign the results as yet, but there is something Clough like about him. If these over paid tarts don’t like a bit of discipline then get rid.

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  • shearerbliss

    May 6, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #13

    As with many of supporters I met AS in his playing days and he is well respected in the sport. Not only he is an anbasidor for NUFC but also for england. He must make a stand and rid the club of all slackness and players that are not interested. He knows how important it is to serve the people of Newcastle which is something many of managers have failed to realise.
    We are a special club and with it comes special pressures and ONLY AS knows how to handle it!
    The comedy show is over, and AS has friends in football that would drop anything to help him. Even other managers in the prem are putting in results that are keeping us in the race and I see stoke no diffrent. They will go to HUll and do there upmost to beat them given us a chance.
    So the boys better not let us down against the smoggies, because I will not blame AS for anythig especally tactics. all he could do is try!

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  • komfort

    May 6, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #14

    joey barton’s lack of self control has cost him dear , on the reverse of this i think it may have a positive effect and actually bring shearer and the other players closer together with an extra determination to hang onto our premiership status…here’s hoping….

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  • Whumpie

    May 6, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #15

    Talking of meeting the Great Man, does anyone have any suggestions as to how I could do that?

    I have a pic of Big Al banging one in against Heerenveen a few years back, and I’m in the background with a few mates – blurred, but we’re there. I’d love it signed, but I’d also like to meet him in the process.

    I live 350 miles away, which doesn’t help – so it would have to be something pretty definite to make the trip. Anyone got any suggestions?

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  • shearerbliss

    May 6, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #16

    My appologies toon graeme! But that little c**t needs to be taught a lesson, OK when I saw that challange to be honest mate I wantd to go in the changing room and kick his a**! He let everyone down, because i thought he was one of our best players on the day. If he thinks he could get sent off and go on his summer holidays without even helping to save the club AS showed him the door!
    AS like many fans are emotional not many of us as said before would have a job let alone a high profile job if we had a past like JB.
    AS does not have any agnda to get rid of players all he ask for it to put 100% in a game, and has not complained about results.
    Many of you reading the site would have played football and through emotions your manager has said thing he may or may not mean, BUT you must respect the man in charge and that goes for all walks of life.
    I have to shout and get my point across when working construction all the time but it does not mean that workers have the right to shout back especially when they are in the wrong.
    That prat has let his whole team down in there time of need, truefully mate was they anyway back for him? AS has done the obvous!

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  • shearerbliss

    May 6, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #17

    Whupie there are a few ways, you could write in a get a day at the training field or orginise to go when there is an event on.
    The first time I met him in 1998 was a Huddersfield town with the nUFC training team for the pre game at the World Cup in France. We where sponsered by Braun to play a game with other nations before the world Cup final. Unfortunally I had come third in the competition therefore did not make the plane, but spent 4 days with Shearer training.

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  • chuck

    May 6, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #18

    There`s really no need for further discussion, it`s obvious that Barton is a sociopath and no amount of therapy is going to change him, let him go !
    He is a malignant presence in the team and retaining him will cause unrest among the players, get him outa here now !

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  • bowburnmag

    May 6, 2009 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #19

    I don’t think I’ve heard the word “meff” since 1995.
    Barton is completely unhinged. I still maintain apart from a waste of footballing talent, he’s also a waste of decent articulation and above average intelligence simply because he’s a nutjob. Most sociopaths are though, aren’t they?
    I love the quote from Shearer attributed to the current shamblolic excuse for a squad of professional footballers –
    “You are not going to take the
    p**s out of this football club
    and you are not going to take
    the p**s out of this city.”
    It’s been a long time coming. I hope he’s around to make sure it’s a motto that is respected.

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  • mgc

    May 6, 2009 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #20

    good he should go

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