Joey Barton Could Be At Newcastle Long Term After All


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.

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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.

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19 comments so far

  • batty

    Oct 9, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #1

    creep

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  • premier

    Oct 9, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #2

    Of course he wont be going anywhere–who else would take him and match his wages?

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  • bro56

    Oct 9, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #3

    lol, how many times will this be said b4 his contract ends and he leaves on a free…

    Now we need Joey fit again for next February, and he can come back and play his very best football for the club –

    get rid asap, hes a little smack-rat who belongs in a bootle skip..

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  • Kevin Nichol

    Oct 9, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #4

    When fit….and he clearley was not fit in the games he has played thus far; he is our best midfield player by a mile. The only one in there who can pick out a creative pass and drive the team forward from the middle of the park.

    He is a fiery character; but these are good words from a lad who clearly just wants to get on playing football for the town.

    Like him or not; he is a newcastle united player and ive never seen hime give less than 100% for us; whether playing whilst injured or not. It is a huge blow in my opinion that he is not fully fit and playing in the first team right now…

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  • Solaidback

    Oct 9, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #5

    If there one topic re Newcastle I hate talking about more than the supposed takeover, its talking about that arse Joey Frakin Barton!!!

    The guy as no respect for anyone & is a complete waste of human flesh on the football field, he’s done nowt to prove to me that he’s worth the £5.7m we paid for him apart from get into more trouble than the rest of the team put together!! 🙁

    I hope if Shearer does take over, the first thng he does is sake the useless waste of space, no matter how much it costs us, as it will still be cheaper that paying him to play, which he doesn’t do very well!!!

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  • Solaidback

    Oct 9, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #6

    Kevin Nichol // Oct 9, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    When fit….and he clearley was not fit in the games he has played thus far; he is our best midfield player by a mile. The only one in there who can pick out a creative pass and drive the team forward from the middle of the park.

    He is a fiery character; but these are good words from a lad who clearly just wants to get on playing football for the town.

    Like him or not; he is a newcastle united player and ive never seen hime give less than 100% for us; whether playing whilst injured or not. It is a huge blow in my opinion that he is not fully fit and playing in the first team right now…
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    You’re having a laugh, our best midfielder, always gives 100%, what are you, his brother or summit, he’s a lazy player, well he has been since coming to the TOON anyway, he’s a thug, a dangerous player, hot headed & a bully, he needs to be sorted out & kicked out the TOON!!

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  • UTD111

    Oct 9, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #7

    How many chances do you give him?
    The “man” is totally immature and has no self-discipline…
    Maybe it would have been better if he’d been an accountant or summat 🙂

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  • cam_toon

    Oct 9, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #8

    Why now tho.? ‘what’s’s said in the dressing room, stays in the dressing room’ so why is he talking about al now? Hmmm something is in the pipeline.?

    Now I share the same feelings about Barton as most do on here, but as long as he is in the black and White, like most toon fans, I’ll defend him as best I can. I don’t like the lad, or agree with his actions, but he’s blk n White. And in these dark times that is all that matters. Besides we hve plenty of opportunity to vent about flabba the hut, wise, keegan and owen.

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  • Bigbadbob

    Oct 9, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #9

    Solaidback – cut kevin some slack, no one is arguing about his character but he has a point that we dont have another attacking creative midfielder like him and when he does play he gives us another dimension altogether.
    It will be the new managers choice if he stays or goes but personally, he has been punished for what he has done, more than most some would agree, and its a disgrace that he continues to get hammered for his past.
    None of my family have been to jail but i know people who have and have come back into the fold of the community without being vilified for the rest of their existence.
    Also, he is a contracted player and as such a commodity to be bought or sold not kicked out as you say.

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  • komfort

    Oct 9, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #10

    UTD11…wouldn’t he give accountancy a bad name….but then again hasn’t someone already achieved that.

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  • Mags

    Oct 9, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #11

    What was conspicuous by its absence from Barton’s ‘honest’ dialogue, was … as a manager!!! Obviously, he has none whatsoever in that direction.

    I agree with those who say he is our most talented midfielder but quite frankly he is either injured / recuperating, or in bother and as a result contributes little to the team

    If you think Shearer will put up with him if he is chosen as manager, then you are fooling yourself. Shearer is single minded and ruthless.

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  • bro56

    Oct 9, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #12

    Solaidback, well said m8..

    All the shit that JB has caused us he has never said sorry once..ever, from fights in l’pool to the shearer incident. a man that can’t apologize isnt worth zilch.. he doesnt care what harm he’s caused to our club so I dont care much for him.. I can honestly say for a man i welcomed at the toon he’s one notch from Ashley in the hate league..

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  • UTD111

    Oct 9, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #13

    Think you may be right there Komfort….

    He just doesn’t inspire me…

    Mind, neither does Barton LOL

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  • Sav

    Oct 9, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #14

    Just so I’ve got this right, Ed, you’re basically telling us that pal Joey, who got needlessly, thoughtlessly and pointlessly sent off and then (by all accounts) had a right load off to the manager in the changing rooms straight afterwards, doesn’t bear a grudge?
    Is that it?
    …Funny, that’s what I though you said.
    I think you should send a copy of this to Shearer right away as I am positive he’ll want to be kept informed how he stands with Barton.
    I bet he’s hardly slept since.

    If you took the weight of the 6 million fee, the sendings off, the injuries, the general sneering and derision just for having this insult play in a black and white shirt and the various court cases for thuggery and stupidity (the Man City player, the chip-shop shenanigans and the taxi/burger fracas) and you subtracted from that all the brilliant games, goals, all-round midfielder and match-winning performances we’ve had from Joey do you think he was worth it?
    Or to put it another way, if you put what’s left in a sack and tied it round his neck and chucked him in the Tyne, would he be able to swim to the side or would he sink like a stone?
    I’d like to find out.

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  • bro56

    Oct 9, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #15

    well said sav, throw him in the tyne, like hes done with his toon career..

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  • dave 1961

    Oct 9, 2009 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #16

    other stars that have been to jail, then had the hero treatment, tony Adams, crashed his car threw a wall while drunk. and then he wanted to be England captain before Mary Poppins. sum are just over filled with self importance.

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  • cptmanners

    Oct 9, 2009 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #17

    Kevin Nicholl

    Totally agree with your comments. Joey Barton is by far our most creative player and should be given the chance to get on with things.

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  • AlanSmith.

    Oct 9, 2009 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #18

    tbh.. ive always been a supporter of joey barton.. he gives his all in any game.. thats all i care about.. him giving his all in every game he wears his newcastle shirt.. just like alan smith.. i said exactly the same about him a year ago.. and suprise suprise everyone of you now undoubtably love alan smith.. joey will obviously be a contraversial character.. thats just him.. but id rather have him in my squad than any other midfielder in the league..!!

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  • batty

    Oct 9, 2009 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #19

    hes a little shit and he hasent had 1 good game for us

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