The Director of the Sporting Chance Clinic in Hampshire has today talked about Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton and has admitted that Joey needs to grow up.
Joey Barton – played last game for Newcastle
Peter Kay, who is the Director of the Hampshire-based Sporting Chance Clinic, where Joey has been given help for alcohol-related problems and anger management issues, said today
“Joey is one of the easiest people to manage and handle but Joey’s biggest problem is managing himself.” “He needs support and he gets it and he needs to maintain that.”
“He is no harder to teach than any other players I have worked with. In fact he is easy to teach. He listens intently.”
“He is an intelligent man. That sounds rather preposterous but I stand by that. To manage him is not hard but as well as the physical training he needs the other type training to grow up. This is his time and he knows that. He needs to grow up.”
“He has made tremendous progress and continues to do so. That’s one of the reasons he’s so mortified with himself because he knows he has let everyone else and himself down.”
“A lot of things have been happening. But it’s like anything else happening in our work. It’s no use someone attending us for a week or two and then just going away and doing nothing. You have to maintain it. Recently he would be the first to admit that his maintenance of his well being apart from on the training ground has not been up to scratch.”
“But he hasn’t gone out and got drunk or anything like that. He has made a rash tackle and the consequences and ramifications are terrible. It might sound strange but I’m proud of what he is doing and the changes he is making in his personal life.”
“He has come on leaps and bounds but that sounds preposterous when you see what happened on Sunday.”
We would have hoped that it would have been a successful ending to the Joey Barton story at Newcastle United – but that will not be the case.
For Joey’s own sake we hope he will be successful somewhere else, but that now looks very unlikely.