Barton Innocent Of Any Problems Yesterday – Spokeman

There were rumors before the game thaere had been an altercation between Joey Barton and our two Argentine players, Coloccini and Guriterrez.


Joey Barton – no problems yesterday according to spokeman

The flare-up was said to be about the commitment of the two South Americans  to the Newcastle cause, and if we were to be honest we have that doubt about the two of them too.

Although yesterday they both did their best with Coloccini given a tough time by the impressive 17 year old New Zealand striker Chris Wood, and Gutierrez looked good on the left, where he works well with Enrique,  but he has to improve his final ball to be more effective.

But today it appears that Barton has done little to warrant the negative headlines of yesterday and today.

Barton’s personal spokesman Paul Tyrrell said:

“There was no disagreement between Joey Barton and any other player prior to the West Brom game,”

“He totally accepted Chris Hughton’s decision to put him on the bench for tactical reasons yesterday and gave a typically committed performance when he came on as a substitute.”

“Joey is firmly focused on getting Newcastle back to where it belongs – the Premier League.”

It must have been tough for Joey to be benched, but it seems like it was a tactical move by Chris to get more power up front. And we’d like to think that Joey will be a big player for us this season, if he does stay at the club.

He certainly looked good in the last 15 minutes and put in a perfect free kick late in the game from which Kevin Nolan should have scored, and Kevin knew it.

We are certainly willing to forget this in the interests of the club, and a possible good run in the league. We have to admit we were pleasantly surprised at the team’s fighting display yesterday, and we have to hope that signals much better things to come this season.

Alan Smith was just great in midfield and ran miles yesterday and won the ball often for the Magpies – a captain’s display by Alan yesteray and we have to hope for more of the same from the Yorkshireman this season.

We’re not getting carried away with one game, but after all the negativity this summer it was a good game to watch and a decent result for the team.

Comments welcome.

85 comments so far

  • Where did the good times go

    Aug 9, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #1

    3 into 2 dont go !

    Barton, Smith and Nolan all cant play if we stick with 4-4-2.
    No point putting them anywhere else other than the middle as they are just not effective.

    Having said that either one leaves or we change the formation, as they are 3 of our better players.


    S.Taylor Colo Kadar
    R.Taylor Barton Smith Nolan Duff


    R.Taylor S.Taylor Colo Enrique
    Nolan Smith Barton
    Jonas Duff

  • Pak Toon Army

    Aug 9, 2009 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #2

    the good times left as soon as sir bobby was sacked mate since then its all bin down hill!!

  • Shot Bru

    Aug 9, 2009 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #3

    Barton has to be the 1st name on the sheet each week, he’s our best player. To be fair if Barton did have an altercation with Colo and Jonas, they deserved what they got because those 2 muppets need a good kick up the backside to stop them feeling sorry for themselves and get on with the job they’re paid to do.

  • HarryWorth

    Aug 9, 2009 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #4

    “But today it appears that Barton has done little to warrant the negative headlines of yesterday and today.”

    Well why dont you delete your previous over the top article about Barton then?

  • AussieToon

    Aug 9, 2009 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #5

    I agree with you totally Shot Bru.

    The Argies make me sick. They obviously do not want to be here, and act like right mugs. If Barton did have a go, good on him. He shows passion for the club and will do anything to get us back.

    He is first picked in my eyes.

    He and Smith could be a dynamite partnership in the middle of the park this season. From what I have seen in the other games, they would be by far the best center midfield pairing.

    Barton is of Premier League quality, no one can deny it, therefor he becomes a vital player for us to help get us back there.

  • Eaststander

    Aug 9, 2009 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #6

    I hope he did have a bust up with them over thier crappy attidude. Their faces yesterday said it all “I am argie international I cant be playing in the second division” it was obvious they didn’t want to be there. I hope Barton and smith give them a smack round the ear hole or just get rid. There were players on that pitch yesterday that wanted to be there 100% and I dont care how much money they are on. If Ashley doing a U-turn I wish he would just get on with it because we need some reinforcements with Smiths attitude. Right back, centre forward (fast can shoot) and left wing. We could win this if he gets his fat arse in gear. Stop being a fu.cking baby either sell up or get on with it.

  • magpie6699

    Aug 9, 2009 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #7

    Hang on. We don’t know what happened, what the bust-up was about or whatever. We are presuming Saint Joey, Mr “Dedication to the cause”, had a row because others weren’t trying. How do we know? Why does it help to have the team fighting with each other? Where was the dedication to the team that got him sent off against Liverpool for a needless revenge challenge? Where was the dedication to the Toon that saw him flaying into a boy, charged with misconduct, unable to play because he assaulted a team-mate at Man City etc. Oh, and all that time he still collected £60K+ or whatever a week from the club – and still does.
    I will believe in “Saint Joey” when I stop hearing him making headlines for being a thug, a trouble-maker or a collector of bookings and sendings-off. And since that ain’t gonna happen, I stick by my wish that he is sold a.s.a.p. and I still maintain that we won’t get more than 10 games a season out of him. One game gone already….

  • Dennis Twice

    Aug 9, 2009 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #8

    Ashley is our problem.

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 9, 2009 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #9

    Where – lol How do you go from 4-4-2 to 3-5-1????
    I would go 3_5_2, but not with colo. He is way too bad.
    Defo prefer to flood the MF to allow more players to get forward.
    We need a woodgate type centre back.
    Here’s a thought, maybe swap stroller and S Tayls. sorted.!!!

  • Mac

    Aug 9, 2009 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #10

    I must admit i was expecting the worse yesterday,but to be honest i was pleasantly supprised. I thought S Taylor, Duff,Carrol,Nolan and Smith were a cut above. the goal was well made and very well taken. I think if we can get rid of Coloccini,how can he have ever of played for Argentina?Jonas and bring a few young hungry lad through and an add a few new faces we’ll be fine.

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 9, 2009 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #11

    If JB wants to change and make a proper name for himself, then now is the time to do it. In this league. If no one else wants him, then we are stuck with him. No point in spiting ourselves, because he IS a quality MF. Has to be given this season now to prove himself, grow up big style and step up to the plate.
    Oh and dont believe all the bs printed and spoken in the media. They would have hung, drawn and quartered him by now. He should be trying to prove them wrong. He’s got my support, for now at least. Just hope he doesn’t let us down ANYMORE.

  • JJJ

    Aug 9, 2009 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #12

    I cannot believe people are including Ameobi in their team line ups.
    For me he just proved yesterday, that he isnt even Championship standard.
    Really cannot believe that he keeps getting a start.
    We need some pace up front which is why we should either be playing Ranger or we should have re-signed Lovenkrans.
    Midfield looks ok with the exception of Jonas who predictably goes on the dribble every time with no success.
    If we ever get new owners or a manager, I’d like to see us bring in a pacey striker, a creative midfielder and big strong centre back.

  • Tino 11

    Aug 9, 2009 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #13

    Can’t believe some of you Barton fans, just because he is better than what we have doesn’t mean he has a right to play, not after what he has done in the past.

    He has never ever showed anywhere near the form for us that he had for man city.

    He attacked Dabo and kept punching when he was knocked out, Dabo claims this was racially motivated too.

    He put out a cigar on a 17 year old players eye.

    He assaulted a 15 YEAR OLD BOY.

    His cousin is in jail for a racist axe attack.

    He called us, the newcastle fans, VICIOUS!

    He is nothing more than a little radgee.

  • AussieToon

    Aug 9, 2009 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #14

    Yep get some hungry guys in there to succeed.


    Sol Campbell – FREE
    Jermain Beckford – 3 million pounds
    Maritz Volz – FREE
    Peter Lovenkrands – FREE
    Andrew Driver – 6 million pounds




    That would be enough in my opinion to get up. 9 million spent.

    Get rid of Jonas and Collo the Clown and I would be happy.

  • Doocey

    Aug 9, 2009 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #15

    Sol Campbell – FREE
    Jermain Beckford – 3 million pounds
    Maritz Volz – FREE
    Peter Lovenkrands – FREE
    Andrew Driver – 6 million pounds

    Good list but I wouldn’t pay £6m for Driver, we’re a Coca Cola Championship team remember! Finances are not the same!
    About £3 + clauses would be fine.

  • onepeterb

    Aug 9, 2009 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #16


    “… just because he is better than what we have doesn’t mean he has a right to play” eh

  • Tino 11

    Aug 9, 2009 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #17


    onepeterb // Aug 9, 2009 at 5:52 PM


    “… just because he is better than what we have doesn’t mean he has a right to play” eh

    It means just because he is a better player on paper than our other centre mids doesn’t mean he should play, he has to earn the right to play and for me he lost that right along time ago.

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 9, 2009 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #18

    Tino11 – its not that I’m a Barton fan, but if we are stuck with him, then surely it makes sense to play him. No?
    He cant be judged by his cousin’s crimes.
    He has done his porridge, and is now entitled to (yet another!) chance to prove he has been rehabilitated.
    Are you Mr Perfect like? never done anything wrong in your life. Lose your holier than thou attitude, and try and give some encouragement to the lad ffs.

  • Big Dave

    Aug 9, 2009 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #19

    Lads can anyone really see a team comeing in for Colo because i cant, as for jonas i like him and i did notice as soon as we went a goal down his shoulders dropped, but i still think he can be good and i would say if you stuck him in to a top team he would shine. even AS said that nolan and duff should have been running in to the box to give jonas a target. but in the 2nd half when nolan and duff did start coming forward, jonas seemed to be real edgey after going a goal down.

  • Tino 11

    Aug 9, 2009 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #20

    No i don’t think we should be playing him, i think the club should have got rid of him along time ago.

    Yes i’ve done bad things in my life but i’ve learned from them, Barton clearly hasn’t. Do you think he would be here if a premier league club would be willing to take him? I think he’d be off in a shot. He has no option but to talk the talk, but i don’t think he’s changed at all.

    I support the players 100% who have tried their hardest for this club, Barton i’m afraid isn’t one of them.

    And next time someone disagrees with your opinion try not to make it personal with comments like “Lose your holier than thou attitude”

  • ginkoh

    Aug 9, 2009 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #21

    He will be here because nobody in PRM want him, that’s fact !! For last mach I don’t know why he wasn’t be starting line-up. But if Shearer back to be our manager, you know his future here will end.

  • pondering

    Aug 9, 2009 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #22


  • Tino 11

    Aug 9, 2009 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #23

    Having said all that, if the manager picks Barton then i’ll support him 100%, despite my opinion of him, however if he does things like stupidly getting sent off like he did against liverpool then he won’t get my support as then becomes a liability for the team.

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 9, 2009 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #24

    Not making it personal atall.
    And yes I’m sure if a prem team wanted him then he would go, but thats my point. They dont and we are stuck with him. How exactly do you propose to “get rid of him”????
    Enlighten me please.

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 9, 2009 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #25

    Ha ! Tino just read your comment @22, Thats all I was trying to say. Agree 100%

  • Tino 11

    Aug 9, 2009 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #26

    He should have been transfer listed by the club along time ago, perhaps even had his contract cancelled.

    Like i said he will get my support if he is playing, unless he becomes a liability like he was against liverpool.

    I would also add that i will never ever boo one our own players, the team as a whole at half time and full time then yes but not an individual player.

    If you boo one of your own players when they are on the pitch then you run the risk of them giving a penalty or goal away or making a crucial mistake.

  • magforlife

    Aug 9, 2009 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #27

    Barton has more than paid for his crimes so live and let live.
    He let the club down badly at Anfield as referees were after him, i have seen worse tackles from the likes of Rooney and Gerrard who dont get punished but once again he has been hammered for this.
    He has a fiery temperament but he is the clubs asset and should be treat like all others without prejudice.
    Get behind him as our player, saw Notts County cheering Lee Hughes yesterday and he did jail for killing someone!

  • Tino 11

    Aug 9, 2009 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #28

    magforlife – Get behind him as our player, saw Notts County cheering Lee Hughes yesterday and he did jail for killing someone!
    That’s one player, along with the ex plymouth keeper, i could never ever support, killing somebody by drink driving is pretty disgusting and for me he should’ve thought of the victims family and not gone back into football.

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 9, 2009 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #29

    You cant cancel his contract. It would cost millions in compen, so what would be the point.
    Actually MA looked into this but when he realised it would cost him money, shied away. Now there’s a surprise, NOT!

  • magforlife

    Aug 9, 2009 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #30

    Tino11 – couldnt agree more but i could also point out that these crimes were not football related unlike Cantona jumping into the crowd and assaulting a supporter and he went on to be footballer of the year instead of doing substantial time.
    Can you imagine the wailing from the press if Barton did that, my point is that there are and always have been bad boys in football but only a select few get constantly battered and it also depends which club you are at.

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 9, 2009 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #31

    Burn the witch!

  • Tino 11

    Aug 9, 2009 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #32

    Ha Ha Rodz!, i see you had a late 1 on friday, bet you were glad our match was a late kick off.

  • Big Dave

    Aug 9, 2009 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #33

    Lads correct me if im wrong but is the cctv footage lately were he slapped the kid that was verbally abusing him, the only crime he has done while with us ?, as if it is steven gerrards was worse and we never heard no sh1te about him. I am in no way trying to make him out to be innocent but i think it has be blew out of Perspective

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 9, 2009 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #34

    Hughes did 6 years for his crime, and lives everyday with the knowledge of what he did.
    He has shown great remorse and is heartbroken. He is trying hard to redeem himself done loads of charity work, met with the daughter of the man he killed, and deserves a new start.
    Dont you believe in redemption?

  • magpie6699

    Aug 9, 2009 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #35

    I’m no fan of Cantona – but he was banned (rightly) for months after that episode and, as far as I can remember, kept out of trouble thereafter.
    How many chances has JB had and re-offended? That’s the point. He doesn’t change – and my predication is he never will.

  • magforlife

    Aug 9, 2009 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #36

    Lew, couldnt agree more but slightly off topic, why arent punch ups on the rugby field not investigated by the Police and put before the courts like the Lee Bowyer incident with Dyer?

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 9, 2009 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #37

    Tino, yeah mate you’re not wrong there. I should really put a ban on myself using the blog when rat@rsed.

    Dave@32, I’m 100 percent with you on that one. People (and footballers) get into fights, Barton was provoked. And yes, as a highly-paid professional footballer he should never have been there in the first place; and what he did was wrong, but he’s been punished accordingly.

    What happened with Gerrard, on the other hand is exactly the same, yet he got off scott-free because butter wouldn’t melt in the mouth on his stupid 60p haircut heed.

    I hope he Barton stays with us. If he goes to another club, then of course, burn him. 🙂

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 9, 2009 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #38

    …..for now, he’s on OUR side.

  • keeganjr

    Aug 9, 2009 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #39

    i we have been saying this for a long time now. we have i diamond in nowegian football. M. Thioune. he play for molde fk, watching them now, destroys rosenborg(league leaders) n the cup. he is from senegal, like essien but more creativity. fantastic player. guess somebody snatches him before 1.sept. maybe manutd, they have all ready bought his team mate diouf now… WATCH OUT

  • Big Dave

    Aug 9, 2009 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #40

    magforlife just thinking about the Lee Bowyer incident with Dyer? did you read Bowyers interview a week or so ago he was raging that he was asked to take the rap for it.
    Rod as usual well said mate


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