More Indiscipline At The Newcastle Club

One reason we were happy with the point yesterday at WBA was before the game there was even more upset behind the scenes when Joey Barton on Friday apparently had an altercation with Argentine pair Coloccini and Gutierrez.


Joey Barton – came on after 75 minutes yesterday

The furore over Barton certainly couldn’t have helped the lads yesterday at the start of the game..

The Scouser’s spat with the Argentine pair saw him start on the bench, and he eventually got on after 75 minutes and almost made the winner for Kevin Nolan who had a clear header from Joey excellent free-kick, but missed badly.

Hughton refused to be drawn on the incident after the game as he said:

“Joey was part of the squad that traveled with us. As always decisions had to be made, and the decision was to go with two big lads up front.”

“Joey took it the same as everybody else would – he was disappointed.” “But that’s the decision that was made.”

And on Taylor’s rampage in the press, where he rightly labeled the Newcastle club now a complete joke, Hughton diplomatically added:

“What we have had over a period of time is a lot of things said. We are all aware of where we are as a club, and its important we focus on matters on the pitch.”

Chris is right of course that the players will just have to get on with it and it will be important to amass as many points during August as we can,  and then hope somehow the club gets sorted out – by somebody – before September.

I mean it’s not rocket science what needs to be done, we need a full time manager and he needs to somehow get in a couple of full backs and a striker and a few additional players and unload some of the high wage earners – and that’s just for a start.

With just 3 weeks to go until the transfer window slams shut we just don’t know if any of that can be achieved.

But the stand-in manager seemed happy with a point in the season’s opening game:

“The most important thing is to have got the game under our belts. We had a feelgood factor at the end of the game, particularly having gone behind.”

“We always knew it was going to be very tough today – probably most people would have felt that West Brom would win – so for us to come away with a draw was a good result.”

It turned out to be a good result for the lads and a decent performance which shows if we can get some organization behind the scenes and have the lads concentrate on their football, and not be distracted by any more Newcastle soap operas, we have to have a decent shot at promotion this season.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Where did the good times go

    Aug 9, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #1

    I love the fact that ‘The People’ are claiming that Mr Barton, along with Smith, Geremi and Harper are part of senior player group, offering advice and making decisions on behalf of the team!

    If true, it sounds like an Ashley decision if i’ve heard one!

  • punk skunk...

    Aug 9, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #2

    Get off Barton, he’s tryin’ to put a rocket up a few players arses, the ones that probably need it…
    …If that means ‘actually’ insertin’ a rocket, so be it!..

    …Get stuck in Barton!..

  • Where did the good times go

    Aug 9, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #3

    Theres an old saying “Its not what you say, but the way you say it”

    Barton could learn alot from that.

    we all know some players, need a kick up the backside, but firstly hes not the one who should be doing it and even if he was, wheres his moral high ground.

    Dont get me wrong, i personally believe on his day he is the best player on the pitch
    But the worst off it!

  • punk skunk...

    Aug 9, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #4

    I hear ya’ ‘where’,
    my comment wasn’t aimed at you man, it was at the headline!..

    …You have a point, but, at least the lad has fightin’ spirit, no pun intended there!..

    …Footballingly tho’, he does have some higher morals & defo spirit wise!..

    …S Taylor showed a chunk yesterday too, bout time someone did!..
    …Don’t care who, don’t care how!..

    …Just my take on it!..

  • Bill F

    Aug 9, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #5

    I would like to hear more about “the Incident” before crucifying Barton, just might be a storm in a teacup!!

  • magforlife

    Aug 9, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #6

    If Barton is after chinning Collocini he will have to join the queue of 50,000 plus supporters.

  • Obafan

    Aug 9, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #7

    Barton, when will you try to be a bit normal, like others? You are poison and you don’t deserve to be at a football club, no matter which division? You should be banned to play again, not only because of your behaviour off pitch, but also for your challenges which not alone injures other players, but when you let your team down. You are a disgrace for English football.

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 9, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Bill F, it’s almost certain to be a “storm in a tea cup” mate. Barton will always get jumped on by the press. What happens on the training pitch should stay on the training pitch. It’s no wonder the lads are a little edgy at the moment. Everyone involved with NUFC is! This story is much ado about nothing.

  • Fans Should Own The Club

    Aug 9, 2009 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #9

    What are the sources for this bust-up story?

    Rodzilla’s probably on to it: Tempest in a tea cup.

    Barton has serious mental problems, but if he was torching Colo he was on the right path.

    I don’t hate old goldilocks Colo, but what’s happened to him? He looked like a good player beginning of last season but he’s really decaying before our eyes.

    On Jonas: Please go quietly to one of our better passers and ask them to work with you on passing and crossing. Great runner of the ball, but then you have no idea how to pass it.

  • Alex

    Aug 9, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #10

    Rodzilla , hope your right and it is just a storm in a teacup . The more i think about it the more i cant belive he actually walked out of training , if he did then surely Hughton would not have even had him on the bench yesterday . Barton could be one of the stars of the season if he gets his head right and stays out of trouble . Him and Guthrie and after yesterdays performance Smith could be just too good for most of the other teams midfields in this division .

  • pubcat

    Aug 9, 2009 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #11

    I’m posting on the previous thread because sometimes this site comes out in a different (sometime un-postable format). Does everyone else get that?

    On O’Leary – I would far rather have Kinnear. It may well be yet another mistake by Ashley should he appoint O’Leary. Of course I’d keep the faith and hope not. Common sense would tell Ashley to appoint Shearer if he stays, but he probably won’t because Shearer wants to shake things up and call the tune, not dance to it.

    On another topic – I would like to see a manager who is more brave on team selection though. I’m almost glad we have a thin squad because when injuries occur it’ll force whoever is in charge to play the youngsters. That will give the whole team a fresher, more spontaneous and exciting feel. You know that Chris Hughton will start with the same side against Reading – except perhaps Krul for Harper – but a far better selection could be to replace Coloccini with Kadar and Amoebi with Ranger. Maybe also Jonas with Lua Lua, though I do think Jonas could turn out to be useful in the Championship if he stays. And we should preferably just add a couple of the kids to the mix at a time and not overdo it.
    Even Shearer is not likely to be imaginative on team selection if he comes in, based on the end of last season.

    So…O’Leary…to be honest, if MA stays but learns from some mistakes I wouldn’t be heartbroken, but for crissakes at least start by picking the right manager! I could be wrong and O’Leary might be successful, but I dunno. Curbishley would be preferable if we don’t appoint Shearer.

  • nufcc

    Aug 9, 2009 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #12

    Colo had a decent game yesterday, for the most part. Why is everyone riding him?support the team.

  • pubcat

    Aug 9, 2009 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #13

    I didn’t see the game yesterday, so if Colo did have a decent game (and was unduly criticised) that’s great. The only players out of our current squad who I would prefer to see leave – partly out of financial necessity, or because I think we could do without them – are Geremi and Butt really.

  • toonoholic

    Aug 9, 2009 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #14

    which game were u watching ?
    collo was being manhandled by the physical strikers. in the end collo looked comfortable with the ball, but i am glad steven taylor was asked to play last man, as collo can never play that position !

  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 9, 2009 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #15

    If that was a good game for collo – I would hate to see a bad one – rubbish!


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