In our piece on Joey Barton yesterday, we made the statement that if and when Alan Shearer comes back as the permanent Newcastle manager, it’s 99% certain Joey Barton will leave Newcastle.
Alan Shearer – made peace with Joey Barton?
Well, with statements made by Joey yesterday afternoon, that may not be the case any longer.
Here’s what Joey said about Alan:
“With grown men in competitive sport there is going to be a clash of personalities,”
“Emotions were running high and Alan was disappointed; no-one was more disappointed than I was that I had taken myself out of the equation by getting sent off stupidly.”
“Things went on in the dressing room and it’s well documented certain things were said. We’ve both seen each other since and we’ve both been very civil about it.” “I’m fine with it, I’ve got a lot of respect for Alan.”
“I was never going to get in a war of words with him, I have too much respect for him. We had a disagreement but we are both grown men and you get on with it. Nothing was said that anyone was going to lose sleep over.”
“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. 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.”
We always thought at the time of that Liverpool defeat, when Joey was sent off late in the game, and would therefore miss the rest of the season, that Joey, as much as anybody, was annoyed at himself and quite upset about missing the rest of the season.
He’d had been our best player in that game, in what essentially was his comeback game from injury, and big things were expected from him in the last vital games of the season.
In that environment it can be better understood why there was a mini tornado in the Newcastle dressing room after the game – because not having Joey for the rest of the season could have cost us relegation. As it turns out it didn’t help not to have Barton’s creativity in the team, and we were relegated.
We have to hope that Joey and Alan see eye to eye now, but Joey will be on a short leash, so to speak, of Alan does return as manager.
If Barry Moat does buy the club (that very long running soap opera) we had thought Alan would get rid of Joey almost immediately, once he was reinstated, and therefore risk upsetting in some way the very definite team spirit that exists right now.
It seems that will not be the case – and that has to be good.
Now we need Joey fit again for next February, and he can come back and play his very best football for the club – and help us get that promotion we desperately need.
That’s what doing your talking on the field is all about – and we need that from Barton – once he’s fit again.
That more than anything, will prove to Newcastle fans, that he’s a lot more mature these days.