Joey Barton has apparently apologised to caretaker boss Chris Hughton following a training-ground row on the eve of Newcastle’s trip to WBA.
Joey Barton – must put his house in order
That’s more than interesting after his spokesman had said yesterday he had nothing to apologize about.
The Evening Chronicle is reporting that Hughton was extremely professional (again) during the bust-up after the controversial midfielder stormed off after a disagreement over the tactics of the side.
We understand Chris had decided to go with a 4-2-2 formation and would play Andy Carroll and Shola Ameobi up front, and that Alan Smith and Kevin Barton would be in central midfield to the exclusion of Joey.
But then Joey is said to have returned to say sorry to Hughton before being sent back to the changing rooms as the session resumed.
We expect players to be disappointed if they are excluded form the side, but Joey has to learn he is on a very short lease right now.
The media are just waiting for him to do something that even sounds bad and they will make a big deal of it. We just know that’s the case. and we h=ave to accept that.
Interestingly enough of course, there was little said about England’ Steven Gerrard, after his bust-up recently in a local Liverpool night club on the night following Liverpool’s 5-1 demolition of Newcastle at St. James’ Park.
The event was even caught on video – but he was still found not guilty.
We guess that’s OK because he’s not from Newcastle – there’s some cynicism there – but it’s justified in our opinion.
There’s no doubt Joey has again let himself and his team mates down, and he has to get back to start doing those things to save his football career, otherwise it could really be all over for the talented midfielder.
Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“What we had was a squad of players that travelled to West Brom for what was going to be a very tough game.”
“The decision that I made on the team was based on tactical reasons. I made a decision to go with the two big lads up front.”
“I thought for periods of the game it worked very well, and we were able to bring Joey on to just solidify things in that last period.”
“He was part of what was a good team performance.” “What we are going to hear are lots of rumours and stories.”
“But all I can say was he was part of the squad that deserved to get what we got.”
That’s a good statement from Chris, and what he says is right on.
The club today refused to comment on the Barton row, which is fine with us because we have to get this behind us.
Joey has had far too many chances already at Newcatsle, and he has to realize that, and start playing the good football we know is in him.
But he must discipline himself quickly, on a personal basis, before it’s just too late for the fiery Liverpudlian.