Joey Barton is trying to get fit again for next season, and thinks it was really bad the club was relegated last season, especially since he wasn’t available for many games.
Joey Barton – would still like to stay on Tyneside
And Joey, whose football career is a bit up in the air at the moment, just like that of his manager come tho think about it, lives in a penthouse in the Newcastle city center, and said today:
“I have tried to make the best of my time off the pitch. It has been well documented that I have had problems with alcohol and I’m trying to turn a corner now.”
“All I am looking forward to is going back, I just hope I’m welcome.” “My intention is to stay with the club so I am concentrating on getting back into peak fitness.”
Questions about Joey’s future on Tyneside have been rampant since he had an altercation with Shearer after the Liverpool game, in which he got himself sent off. He’s a good player and would be great for us in the Championship, but Shearer doesn’t waver on too many decisions, and we’d be surprised if he kept Joey at the club.
That would only be the case if nobody would take him in the summer, which is a possibility, and then we’d expect him to sit down with Alan and work out some code of conduct, and have Joey attend all his rehabilitation meetings and the like – so he can get back to a decent life, and start doing some good in the community – rather than the opposite.
But Barton said he was keen to get back on the pitch and play for Newcastle:
“Everything with the club is a little bit up in the air. It is not good times being relegated.” “I don’t know what is going to happen with the club or with the manager situation.”
“It’s really frustrating this has happened, especially as I only played about six or seven games.” “I’m just looking forward to going back and my intention is to stay at the club and help Newcastle back into the Premier League.”
“If Alan Shearer takes the job and if he doesn’t want me then my hands are tied. All I can do is try and get as fit as possible, but I have got to prepare for all eventualities.”
We have to think if Newcastle can move this player out in the summer, for even a small fee, they will do that.
Shearer will want to clear the decks at the club, and you would have to believe that has to include bad-boy Barton.