Chris Hughton Backs Joey Barton At Newcastle

Bad boy Joey Barton has given Chris Hughton some welcome news today by declaring himself fit for Newcastle United’s home game against Leicester City on Monday night.

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Joey Barton – fit for Monday

The midfielder has missed the club’s last three games with a foot problem.

However, amid a mini injury crisis that may deprive Newcastle of three of their four strikers for Monday night’s game, at least Joey is now fit to play.

Hughton told the Shields Gazette today:

“Joey will be fit for Leicester City,” “We haven’t seen much of him this season, but with some of the problems we’ve had of late, it’s always good to have somebody you can bring back in.”

“There’s no doubt Joey’s a good player, and you’d rather have him in the squad.” “What he’s had is a period at this club where he’s missed games through injury, and had to come back. With everything else that went on, it was a frustrating time for him.”

“But all we can do is talk about now, and at this moment he’s fit, and we are pleased to have him fit. He wants an opportunity to be on the football pitch.”

“Joey’s always good around the place. Most people who witness how he behaves know that he’s generally enthusiastic.” “He is sometimes over-enthusiastic, but that’s something you have with Joey.”

“He’s always an enthusiastic trainer, but he’s got the same characteristics as most players – he gets frustrated when things aren’t going so well.”

The Newcastle club needs Joey Barton to behave himself,  both on and off the field this season, and there’s been some reports he’s caused some trouble in the squad behind the scenes.

But the fact the team has started so well, and Joey is a good player, there’s no doubt about that, and that Chris has brought the lads together, may just help persuade him to mend his ways and really contribute to Newcastle’s promotion effort this season.

Hope so, anyway.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Waddles mullet

    Aug 29, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Funny nothing in chronicle about takeover today and no post from Takeovernews?
    Strange that!

  • thud and blunder

    Aug 29, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #2

    Yeah cause I reckon he either works for the Chronicle or is actually Lee Ryder

  • Big Dave

    Aug 29, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #3

    Takeonnews lol. Lads tbh i think we are stuck with the fatboy even more so with the good start we have had. I bet Ma is thinking oh this is super dont have to spend any money and ( when ) we get promoted he will get more dosh for the club

  • tooneskimo

    Aug 29, 2009 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #4

    I think we have to resign ourselves with having Ashley in control with a threadbare squad, whatever your views on Barton the fact is we need him. On another slant I’m doing the Great North Bike Ride tomorrow in aid of The Chris Lucas Trust, a local charity who are raising money to research cancer treatments for children and young adults. If you’d like to sponsor me online you can with the following link

    Thanks to Rodzilla, Bowburnmag and Gilly for their generous donations so far.
    If Mike Ashley is reading get your hand in your pocket and try and do something good for the region. (won’t hold my breath though….)
    Cheers lads and lasses.

  • chuck

    Aug 29, 2009 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #5

    Eeerrrrmmm, Joey !
    Sociopath ! but it`s all hands to the pumps when you are shorthanded.
    Whats the worst can happen, red card, injury ?

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Aug 29, 2009 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #6

    I think some people have Joey all wrong, he’s a good player that regularly makes an impact… On other players’ shins.

    He’s thrown away too many second chances for me to believe he’ll make a genuine change this time around. It’s a shame as he’s a genuinely talented player, but I’d rather get rid and bring in a player that won’t spend most of the season suspended/injured/in prison.

    Still, if he can turn his life around off the pitch, he’ll do the same on it and I’d love to see any human being do that.

  • jordi

    Aug 29, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #7

    Regardless of whether he’s any good I always feel it’s a matter of time when he’s on before he’s carded/sent off. Some of it’s his reputation, some of it’s he’s an idiot but everytime we play him I think we’ll end up with 10 men.

  • Bigbadbob

    Aug 29, 2009 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #8

    Barton is a mirror image of the club, a player of massive potential trapped in a disastrous person, and like the club i would love both to turn it around and prove the critics wrong but again the similarities continue in that both need to do it for themselves.
    Also, when both are going well you can also almost see the catastrophe coming around the corner, got to play him though as he is our best midfielder so its a case of enjoying his skills and waiting for the bomb to go off.

  • Whumpie

    Aug 29, 2009 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #9

    “Joey’s always good around the place. Most people who witness how he behaves know that he’s generally enthusiastic.” “He is sometimes over-enthusiastic, but that’s something you have with Joey.”

    “He’s always an enthusiastic trainer, but he’s got the same characteristics as most players – he gets frustrated when things aren’t going so well.”

    Translation: “He’s a thug and an ubearable tosser, but we’re stuck with the idiot and this is the nicest thing I can say about him”

  • Whumpie

    Aug 29, 2009 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #10

    By the way, Ed – have all these advertisers decided that Toon fans are a load of gullible lard-arses who can’t pull English women or something? Bit of a depressing theme running on here…

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 29, 2009 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #11

    Good luck with yer bike ride Nesks. Don’t know how familiar you are with bikes but my tip is make sure both legs fall either side of the bike, and remember not to push drawing pins in your tyres. 😉

  • ark13y

    Aug 29, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #12

    who cares about the ads whumpie why do some people come on here just to whine

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Aug 29, 2009 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #13

    Sod it, why do we come here at all, there’s blatantly going to be absolutely no actual progress for sodding months…

    I just hope we don’t end up flogging any of our remaining half-decent players…

  • geordie deb

    Aug 29, 2009 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #14

    Toon Eskimo

    Good luck tomorrow. Just made a donation. Hope you can sit down by the Leicester game or you’ll get thrown out by our over zealous stewards!
    Seriously great cause hope all goes well

  • geordie deb

    Aug 29, 2009 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #15

    Regards Barton. Agree with Chuck. It’s all hands to the pump now they’re dropping like flies so whether we like him or not unless he gets sold in the next few days, he needs to play and hopefully keep his head.

  • harry861

    Aug 30, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #16

    Barton such a talent wasted, Problems on & off the field, I agree he’s had so many chances to change & then lets the fans & himself down.
    No doubt he does give 100% when he plays.

    Bellemy was the same off the field & yet was a class act on the field & he scored goals. Sousness was responsible for his demise & He’s certainly proved what asset he was.


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