The Daily Telegraph is reporting this morning that Joey Barton, 26, who was suspended following a dressing-room argument with manager Alan Shearer, following his red card against Liverpool, has now been told to stay away another week, which will take us all to the end of the season, a week on Monday.
Joey Barton – told to stay away from Newcastle until end of season
Barton was summoned to St James’ Park earlier this week, for a two-hour meeting with Managing Director Derek Llambias and club Secretary Lee Charnley, presumably to sort out his future, as we had reported.
After the meeting Barton said:
“The meeting went fine. It was OK. I can’t say too much at the ment but I just hope the lads can prepare for the last two games of the season.”
Obviously there was more decided at the meeting than just to keep Joey away from the club for another week, which was fully expected. But the tone of Joey’s remarks above seem quite positive to us.
And that proverbial un-named source who is also apparently close to Barton, probably just his agent Willie McKay, also said:
“They were very fair with Joey and gave him a good hearing. Joey has said sorry and he even texted Alan Shearer after the Middlesbrough game to say how pleased he was for everyone.”
It’s good that Joey has apologized to Alan, because he didn’t have the proverbial leg to stand on, given what he did following the Liverpool game. It also seems to us that a sh*t manager with sh*t tactics did quite well last Monday night in getting the lads to put on their best display of the season at St. James’ Park.
But Alan Shearer has tremendous mental strength, we’ve always known that – and hardly anything phases the man.
Ther Barton affair could serve as a lesson to others that you challenge your manager in front of the team, at your peril. Whether Joey has the brains to learn from all this is a good question, given all his many past mistakes.
We’re not sure exactly what Alan Shearer thinks about all of this, because we think he will be the man to decide what happens to Barton, and it’s a little hard on the imagination, to think he’ll get yet another chance at Newcastle, although we think he would be an excellent player under Alan Shearer.
Alan will take no nonsense, but perhaps the new manager will mellow a bit over Joey’s antics, as the boy was obviously upset at himself, more than anybody else. He screwed up big time for himself and the club (again).
But we’ll wait and see, and trust that if Barton does gets his 93rd chance he better not challenge Shearer again, otherwise he will be out on his ear – assuming he isn’t being sold in the summer.
What do you think should happen to Barton?
Comments very welcome.