Joey Barton – I’m A Lot More Mature Now – Honest!


Joey Barton will be out of action until at least February, with his new foot injury, and he talked to Sky Sports yesterday at length.

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Joey Barton – can he really rehabilitate himself?


Joey is one of the players at Newcastle, who has fully supported Chris Hughton in what he is trying to do this season, and Chris has had only good words to say about Barton’s influence in the dressing room this season.

We all know that Joey has done some awful things over the last few years, and many think he ius just a thug and always will be, plain and simple.

And he even spent time in jail a year last summer, for beating up a youngster on December 27th, 2007, at 5:15 am in the morning in Liverpool, after a night of drinking, which was caught fully on CCTV cameras. Joey pleaded guilty to that charge.

So he is very much still on trial, so to speak, at Newcastle, and Newcastle supporters are split down the middle on whether he will come good or not.

Barton told Sky Sports News about the anew positive attitude of the Newcastle players this season:.

“This isn’t a case of having a mourning process and being like, weren’t we unlucky to go down because of X, Y and Z,”

“That would have been easy to do because of what was rumbling on in the boardroom. Thankfully as a group of men we got together and said we are going to do things differently.”

And after a couple of very ineffective displays, no doubt due in part to the foot injury he was carrying, Joey talked to the club about getting it fixed.

Joe continued:

“I eventually sat down with the club and said this isn’t fair on anyone, the lads who aren’t playing because I’m playing, to the people who pay to come and watch and you, and most of all myself.”

“You try and run off injuries sometimes, but when you get a bit older you think this isn’t possible.”

“I have had the operation now and I’m looking forward to getting back fit and coming back and being an impact player for Newcastle in terms of winning the Championship.”

We have to hope the lads keep up their sparkling form thought early next year, so that when Joey returns, hopefully fully fit and raring to go, he can indeed be an impact player for the club, and it will be like having a new signing at the club.

Certainly there’s no doubting Joey’s skill and he can score goals as well, but has hardly had spells at Newcastle when he has not been injured since Big Sam signed him in the summer of 2007, when no other club would go near him.

And Joey suffered a pre-season training ground bust-up with current interim manager Chris Hughton, but it seems like both men put that behind them rather  quickly – and from what we heard, Chris Hughton managed the situation with coolness and complete professionalism, according to players who witnessed the altercation.

Joey continued and talked about the bust up with Chris, which came after he learned he would be dropped:

“I will be the first to admit that I was in the wrong. I shouldn’t have said what I said when I said it,”

“I’m not saying what I said wasn’t right. But for me and Chris it was over in minutes. For everyone, the team, it was over in minutes and it was rectified.”

“Chris made the decision, he put me on the bench (for the next game), and that was the right thing to do. I didn’t question it and make a fuss out of it.”

“In the past, when I was younger and a bit more hot-headed and not as mature as I am now, I could have handled it differently.”

And of course Barton also suffered a massive falling out with Alan Shearer towards the end of last season, after he was sent off at Liverpool, and called Alan names during their argument in the dressing room after the game, which were not too complimentary to the Newcastle great.

Joey was banned from the training ground for the rest of the season and wouldn’t be a Newcastle player today, if Alan had got the manager job permanently in May.

Joey talked about that big big mistake he made last May:

“Alan is a guy I have got an awful lot of respect for as a player and as a man,”

“We had a much publicised disagreement in the dressing room. It got out to the public domain, which isn’t ideal, but the reason I didn’t comment on it or try and put my side across is because my thinking is, what goes on in dressing rooms should stay in dressing rooms.”

“It never happened in this instance, but I didn’t get drawn into it because I have a lot of respect for him as a footballer and as a man, and I still do.”

Just to insert some hard reality on this – there’s a 99% chance that Barton will be on his way and out of Newcastle, if Alan Shearer comes back as manager of the club – fact.

But who will own the club and who will be manager in the coming weeks and months at Newcastle will remain uncertain, as long as the clueless Ashley remains owner of the famous club.

We have to  hope that Joey can come through, and that he is more mature than in his younger days.

After all we all like to hear stories of those who have been successful in overcoming their demons – and we all have them – whether you admit to them or not.

Seems Joey’s demons are massive, so if he can overcome them – more power to him – so here’s hoping.

Joey, it’s all now up to you.

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25 comments so far

  • RyanToon

    Oct 8, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #1

    Barton is a w*****

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  • bro56

    Oct 8, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #2

    shut up you knacker!! you’ll never grow up, it was you that helped us get relegated (or didnt help as he was in jail) last season.. you’ll hopefully be out once the take over is finalised… horrible, overrated tw@t..

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  • Toon_Factor

    Oct 8, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #3

    Well at least you both share something in common.

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  • bro56

    Oct 8, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #5

    ah.. he sounded so cuddley and sincere.. don’t get too close tho, he’ll burn out your eyes with a ciggy..

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  • premier

    Oct 8, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #6

    taken from the greatest book of Fairy Tales ever written

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  • waddles millet

    Oct 8, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #7

    joey makes more sense than a pocket pig smoking a ferret hill tab.

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  • waddles millet

    Oct 8, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #8

    what we need as a club is a rich american who hates arab eyeball eating c**ts, to take us forward

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  • waddles millet

    Oct 8, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #9

    mike ashley also brushes his teeth with derek lam twatticus skid marked undercrackers

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  • Ericles

    Oct 8, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #10

    I still find it hard to take on board whatever Barton says or claims. In some ways I hope that our team can improve enough by Jan/Feb to keep him out of the first XI anyway. On another tack – what about the Sol Campbell saga? I hope there is no truth in the press rumour that he will get special dispensation to sign for West Brom before the window opens. What is his situation? Free agent? Gardening? Sun bathing? If it is true then we have one of our nearest rivals stealing an unfair march on the rest of the Coca Cola. No Sol – you made your bed now lie in it until after Christmas.

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  • sahota

    Oct 8, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #11

    WHAT THE HELL IS THIS?

    “Prospective bidders for Newcastle have been given until October 17 to register a firm interest.

    “It is understood the consortia currently looking to buy the club have been told they will have until a week on Friday to show their hands as owner Mike Ashley awaits bids.”

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  • hitman

    Oct 8, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #12

    where did you get that from sahota.

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  • sahota

    Oct 8, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #13

    Press Association releases it and it is on nufc.com

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  • bro56

    Oct 8, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #14

    READ THE FULL STORY.. IT WAS FROM LAST YEAR

    NUFC.COM

    WHAT THE HELL IS THIS?

    “Prospective bidders for Newcastle have been given until October 17 to register a firm interest.

    “It is understood the consortia currently looking to buy the club have been told they will have until a week on Friday to show their hands as owner Mike Ashley awaits bids.”

    READ THE FULL STORY.. IT WAS FROM LAST YEAR

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  • sahota

    Oct 8, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #15

    ha ha sorry guys I didn’t read that completely. Just looked at lines in quotes.

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  • MacToon

    Oct 8, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #16

    Ericles, hopefully the FA will decide that Notts County being rubbish as not grounds for special circumstances and he’ll have to wait until January.

    As for the takeover, don’t believe anything this club tells you and give it a bit of time and we’ll be sold and hopefully we’ll get an owner/onwners who actually care for the club, know what they are doing and tell us the truth, unlike this current owner.

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  • G

    Oct 8, 2009 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #17

    Lads at work reckon the Barton release is a smoke and mirrors job, directing media attention from the takeover. One has even gone as far as stating that Barton’s comments on the Shearer differences are a hint that he will be running the team soon, so the takeover is all but complete… personnaly, I aint gonna hold my breath over a conspiracy theory.

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  • hitman

    Oct 8, 2009 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #18

    bit far fetched like G,but you never know.

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  • G

    Oct 8, 2009 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #19

    Agreed hitman, but if Brian at work is right, I have already promissed to buy his drinks for a week, so I will be sweating on this for a couple of days yet!

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  • dave 1961

    Oct 8, 2009 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #20

    yes we are split down the middle over Barton, 50% think he’s a tosser & a little s*it bag the other 50% thinks hes just a little s*it bag.

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  • G

    Oct 8, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #21

    Using Ruud Gullit maths dave1961, I think I must be in the other 2%!

    Quote: For 99% of the game we had it, it was the other 3% that did the damage.

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  • dave 1961

    Oct 8, 2009 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #22

    i wish we had sacked him when he was locked up he’s such a repugnant little cretin, i cant see any plus points, over him, the only thing you could say to a young players is whatever Barton does you do the opposite, his hole family are raciest thugs, i honestly don’t have any time for his kind, i taught my kids its OK to hate someone who is black, as long as you never hate them because they are black.

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  • G

    Oct 8, 2009 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #23

    Fiar comment dave1961. I like to believe Joey Barton is just plain ‘off his t*ts’ meself like. I do think he is a tallented young man, but he needs his head looking at. Psychologicaly speaking, he’s a mentalist!

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  • magpie6699

    Oct 8, 2009 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #24

    More mature – is that like Cheddar – a bit more smelly?

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  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Oct 8, 2009 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #25

    Cant really say who has been worse for the club – Fatash or Asbo

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