Shearer May Give Joey Barton Yet Another Chance

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.

17 comments so far

  • Rodzilla

    May 16, 2009 at 3:08 AM

    Comment #1

    Charnaz is a canny lad

  • Rodzilla

    May 16, 2009 at 3:10 AM

    Comment #2

    …diplomacy speaks volumes

  • davis_toons

    May 16, 2009 at 3:58 AM

    Comment #3

    Sell Barton?
    Should we sell barton, it will have to be around the same price we have bought him.

    Let him Stay
    Team Shearer will have to monitor his behaviour during training.

    Most importantly, Pre-season / Friendly match. Give him games, and “the answer will surface”.
    Remember: Again For the TRUTH newcastle fans around the world

    For Good Spiritual All around the studium, Please PRAY for our team Newcastle Utd to win on home soil against Fullham. OK!

    Once again, I’ll be sayin my prayer in SINGAPORE.

    IT will helps.

  • ieffrey

    May 16, 2009 at 5:39 AM

    Comment #4

    Barton is definitely out best midfielder, so giving him one last chance would be good for both our great club and himself.

    Besides, I don’t want to see vast number of players go in and out the club each summer! like what we witnessed last summer, in which utility players such as Faye was shipped out to pave the way for incompetent Coloccini!

    If we let Barton go , where could we find a new midfielder as competent as him

  • korn8

    May 16, 2009 at 5:52 AM

    Comment #5

    To be honest: I don`t know! Barton is a very talented player and should be supported(because of his history). Tony Adams were quite impressed by Joey after spending time at the clinic.

    Alan Shearer have to decide this. It CAN be a positive thing if Shearer forgives Barton. Maybe Barton wants do show his worth not just to the supporters, but also to Shearer(if he forgives him)? Not easy this, a difficult call for Shearer.

  • toon 86

    May 16, 2009 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #6

    i would love to see the back of joey, he is just trouble. he might be a good player but i dont think he is well liked at the toon.

  • Toon Graeme

    May 16, 2009 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #7

    Burnt his bridges with me Im afraid. He has had benefit of doubt and basically shat on everyone who backed him to succeed and change.

    NUFC will sell him at the first opportunity.

  • BILLY - B

    May 16, 2009 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #8

    I cant believe peaple want to give this chava another chance, how many times does this thug have to pull the club down before its relised he is never going to change. And as for him being a great midfielder how many games has he played this season how, many games did he play last season, what use is a good player that is either injured or banned but might if your lucky play 5 or 6 games. Even Michael Owen plays more than him and dosent bring the club into disrepute. He is just a waste of space and i hope Alan Shearer gets rid as soon as possible

  • Nick D

    May 16, 2009 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #9

    Barton may be a reasonable player but we can’t afford to go soft on him yet again. At our most crucial time of the season, he lets us all down yet again after being out all season and again all the same platitudes come out, I’m so sorry c..p as per usual.

    When a player says he’s the best player at the club and that he’s the only one trying , that the manager and his tactics are s…e, then I’m sorry but you need to get rid. Barton plays for one person – himself.

    Viduka may have done ok the last couple of games but he is 34, Owen is nowhere and isn’t contributing mentally as captain or physically as a goal scorer and Barton is a disruptive sociopath. All need to go and get their massive combined wages off the payroll. Lua, Ranger and Vuksic are the future.

  • Nick D

    May 16, 2009 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #10

    ieffrey – we hardly ever see barton play, full stop.
    Someone who actually keeps himself fit, doesn’t get regularly suspended and stays out of the big house would be an efficent replacement.

  • harry861

    May 16, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #11

    What can one say about Joey, He’s got talent as soccer player & there it ends. One crisis
    after another when his going to learn.

    I don’t know the answer regarding another chance, Leave that to Alan & what ever he decide I am fully with him.

  • stjames

    May 16, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #12

    I agree with #5.

    We have given him so many chances it borders on stupid. It’s fully proven that he’ll sell us out again. We’ve had enough and he should find himself something else to do.

  • JJJ

    May 16, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #13

    It saddens me because I dont see us attracting a midfielder as good as him, but his baggage is just too much i think.

  • Mag 48

    May 16, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #14

    Lots of hot head players have come and gone.
    and we have had more than our share.Bellamy Bowyer etc. The answer is with the manager.Bobby Robson was sacked because he lost the dressing room Enter Souness to sort out the bad boys. The answer really is a mix of the two firm enough but not so much that you kill the flair.Dare I say it Fergie at Man U has it
    look at Rooney etc..
    I believe Shearer has it big question is Is he our long term manager?

    Big question is is Shearer our long term manager

  • Shanghaitoon

    May 16, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #15

    Lets be honest here people… the only ones that know what was actually said in the dressing rom after the Liverpool match are the players and Shearer. The press can make up what they like but some on here are quoting what Joey has supposedly said with no proof whatsoever…

    He went in with a bad tackle – Yes thats true. But it was not as bad as Nolan’s tackle or Guthrie’s tackle that broke the opponents leg.

    Yes it is a crucial time, but then every game has been crucial to us this season. Joey has a reputation and may as well have a sign on his back for ref’s saying I’m Joey, Send me off!!

    He is still one of our best midfielders. I’m sure something was said in the dressing room since he was suspended, but we don’t know how bad it was. Let’s trust in Shearer’s Decision, on whether Joey should stay or go.

    We need to stop all these assumptions…

  • Sav

    May 16, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #16

    To be honest, I thought the sending off was a yellow card offence, but the bloke courts trouble and I wouldn’t want to be bringing my kids along to cheer him on – and I know footballers aren’t paragons but this lad even has Ed using swear words on his own blog! (Good man, Ed!)
    As for him being our best midfielder, subtract the games missed for suspension/jail, the detrimental effect on team morale, the adverse publicity and the living signal it sends out that this club is desperate, and his contribution does not look so hot.
    In any case, if he were to be thew best midfielder we have next season, we will continue to be in trouble – he’s just not that good.
    Thumbs down. Taxi for Joey!

  • Tom_Toon

    May 17, 2009 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #17



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