Joey Barton Apologizes To Chris Hughton

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.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • nufc2009

    Aug 10, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #1

    wud any1 like stephen appiah on a free transfer

  • Cooper

    Aug 10, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #2

    Sol campbell aswell – hes alot better than collo

  • nufc2009

    Aug 10, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #3

    YES 2 right he can pass on expierence to taylor too

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 10, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #4

    …I’d play Kevin Barton every time. 😉

  • Turkish Magpie

    Aug 10, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #5

    Appiah failed a medical at Spurs didn’t he?

    And my dads team is Fenerbahce, Appiah’s former club and he says he was useless

    oh and Ed, i cant beleive we’ve signed someone and we didn’t even know about it and he played against WBA!

    KEVIN BARTON! Joeys dad perhaps?

  • ginkoh

    Aug 10, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #6

    Barton has anything to be good footballer but just because his temper he let him self and us down.

    Football is the man game not the child who never grown up.

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Aug 10, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #7

    I thought Houghton came out and stated “There was no bust-up”

    What a pack of t0$$er$ we have in charge!

    I would take Campbell in an instant!

  • Fostino

    Aug 10, 2009 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #8

    this article is ridiculous, there’s no quotes from joey or anyone about the bust-up, its been denied, its just creating bad press on the my opinion!! it was the same saturday when you wrote about this unfounded truth right before the match

  • ginkoh

    Aug 10, 2009 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #9

    Ar.. And about manager position. If Ashley don’t want appoint Shearer no matter what, so how about Dick Advocaat ? Good manager and free now.

    Doubt he would want tobe here but at least he should try some good and right candidate. Not someone like Kinnear, D Leary, Curbishly !

    Maybe it’s just the dream but I’m dreaming, Now I live in the nightmare.

  • magforlife

    Aug 10, 2009 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #10

    Barton is right to question Hughton who is clueless, who in their right mind would –
    1. select Ameobi in front of Barton
    2. substitute Carroll instead of Ameobi
    3. bring on Ranger on 90mins and 30secs
    if we had gone with a 5 man midfield we would have murdered WBA and would have definately beaten them if he had got his subs right.
    Sentiment and personal preferences/pals should never come into team selection, winning is too important .

  • bowburnmag

    Aug 10, 2009 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #11

    Does anyone really know what happened?

    I thought it was all Argy Bargy?
    Presumably he chinned Jonas and Colo because they’d been telling on him and so he had to sit on the naughty bench?

    It’s hard to see what he’s apologising for if what we’re not 100% sure what he did in the first place?

    Mind you, I’m always apologising to her indoors and I never know what for. She just says “So are you going to say you’re sorry?”. After a while I realised it’s just easier to say “Yes, I’m sorry”.

    Of course, if he did say sorry for something justifiably then it’s a good move because apparently Hughton is as hard as the proverbial.

  • Nick D

    Aug 10, 2009 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #12

    just so bored with barton. Like ashley he is just a huge black cloud over us.

  • workyticket

    Aug 10, 2009 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #13

    “The club today refused to comment on the Barton row, which is fine with us because we have to get this behind us.”

    What Barton row?

    It’s just paper talk to wind up the idiots.

  • DJG

    Aug 10, 2009 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #14

    We need Barton on the pitch, not in the dugout. He is one of the few top level players left at the club, aswell as Tim Krul that is 🙂


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