Sporting Clinic Director Tells Barton To Grow Up

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.

15 comments so far

  • komfort

    May 6, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #1

    peter kay is a comedian..

  • shearerbliss

    May 6, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #2

    I have not heard so much bollocks in my LIFE! Is is serously expecting the fans and the football community that he is easy to manage and an intellegent man! What is Kay saying shearer cant manage?
    ‘That sounds rather preposterous’ could not agree more.
    Excuses for everything and for once makes me assamed to be British! This is a guy that millions of people around the world would love to be in his privilaged postion let alone his paycheck and this c**t comes out with excuses. Shame on him nd his worthless clinic. That is one sorry to much after all the stick we had to take while he was at HM pleasure.
    He is trying to sell him on and should be striped of everything. I hope he does something stupid and ends up doing REAL time in jail.
    Absolutly unbelivable!

  • Steve_48

    May 6, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #3

    Once a Joey, always a Joey

  • beyethegreat

    May 6, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #4

    shamefully during joeys prison time i backed him as i beleieved he would change because kk is usually a good judge of character


  • bowburnmag

    May 6, 2009 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #5

    Barton is completely unhinged but I agree that 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.
    I would imagine Joseph won’t get many more opportunities to follow it.

  • lesh

    May 6, 2009 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #6

    Good to hear unsympathetic comments such as this and the PFA – two sources of mitigation Barton might draw on if he took his suspension or contract severance to law, gone!

  • Ericles

    May 6, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #7

    Barton has let ALL the fans down. Those who wanted him out in the beginning and those who were prepared to give him a chance. It Fat Sam wants him let him have him! But do not pay us in wooden nickels.

  • chuck

    May 6, 2009 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #8


  • huss37

    May 6, 2009 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #9

    Grow up & F*ck Off…wot a waste of Oxygen this fool has been…..Woolton Thunder under 7s are looking for a ball boy…sorry Woolton Thunder under 7s this piece of shite has no idea wot a ball is….

  • Rodzilla

    May 6, 2009 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #10

    I’m not quite sure what “grow up” means in this context. Surely it’s more a matter of anger management. Given that Barton is near 27 years of age I doubt it’s something he can just ‘grow out of’, or he would’ve done by now.

    I’d say the problem lies a little deeper than simple immaturity, although mi old ‘Ganny Liz’ would’ve just said “his eyes are too close together, he’s trouble!”


  • Rodzilla

    May 6, 2009 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #11

    …but I suppose that method of judgment would make Dennis Bergkamp a mass murderer.

  • komfort

    May 6, 2009 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #12

    & not forgetting the small chap…wise

  • workyticket

    May 6, 2009 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #13

    Rodzilla // May 6, 2009 at 7:31 PM

    “…but I suppose that method of judgment would make Dennis Bergkamp a mass murderer.”

    And Pavel Nedved would be worse than Hitler, Rod!

  • Tom_Toon

    May 7, 2009 at 2:39 AM

    Comment #14


  • lesh

    May 7, 2009 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #15

    According to a Mirror article today…….

    ‘Jailbird Barton has shown remorse since his outburst on Sunday, and has this week confided in his mentor at the Sporting Chance clinic, Peter Kay.

    ‘According to the counsellor at the clinic, Barton wants another chance, and is hoping for a meeting with Shearer to sort out their differences. Kay has worked with the midfielder at the clinic to try to overcome his many issues.

    ‘Kay said: “Joey would love to work with Alan Shearer again. Joey’s mortified, no one can punish Joey more than he’s punishing himself at the moment.’

    Oh yeh? No way Jose!!


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