Joey Barton Just Loves Life On Tyneside

Joey Barton is back in training again, so it’s not surprising there is more news on the player this last week or so.

Joey Barton – loves life on Tyneside

As we reported yesterday, Joey had an operation on his foot 5 months ago, back on October 2nd, and the road back has been long and hard for the 27 year-old Barton.

And Newcastle manager Chjris Hughton is saying the staff are taking extra care with Joey, after he has been out for so long.

Chris said today:

“With Joey we are mindful that he has not played any football for a number of months now.” “We can’t rush a player back and throw him into the fray just like that.”

“We’re hoping to get a game behind closed doors organised for him or even a reserve game. The timing has got to be right but he is getting closer.”

“He’s in great spirits, Joey, but he wants to play football again.” “He’s been training with the first team but not every day.”

“We don’t want to rush him back. I’m still very hopeful that Joey will play a part in what we are trying to achieve here.”

“It’s getting to that stage now.”

Barton is looking very good in training according to Chris, and his agent Willy Mackay said last month that his client just “loves life on Tyneside.”

Joey has not played too many times for Newcastle since he was singed by Sam Allardyce back in July, 2007.

Joey has appeared just 76 times for Newcastle in the last two and a half seasons while on Tyneside, with just 6 appearances this season.

Joey has 69 starts and 9 goals in his time at Newcastle.

We are told that Joey just cannot wait to get back on the field for the Magpies, and we should be seeing him in a few weeks since Chris has said he needs some games under his belt to sharpen up on his match fitness.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Girth

    Mar 4, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #1

    premiership proven, will need his experience, would be like a new signing

  • Captain Beefheart

    Mar 4, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #2

    If the fitness fails, isn’t there a modern beat combo called Oasis down in his part of the world currently looking for a replacement lead singer who can double as a bit of a rapscallion on the side thus ensuring maximum publicity for their apparently groovy singles… (just a thought from the ZigZag wanderer)

  • Ericles

    Mar 4, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #3

    Let us hope he starts to love playing football on Tyneside as well as the life (which he can afford).

  • Alan

    Mar 4, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #4

    Really hope Joey comes good, he could be like a new signing for us. He has shown top premier league quality too!

    Please Joey!

  • BeeGuy

    Mar 4, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #5

    I’ve been really excited about Barton coming back into the team, now am starting to wonder if he has lost speed and stamina with the surgery. I’m wondering if NUFC will get anymore out of him this year and if he will even be a bit player next season. Seems his career will be shortened by such challenging surgery as having a new foot bone constructed from other bones in his body. It now all seems rather chancy about his return as a force on the field. But, I sure hope I am wrong.

  • lesh

    Mar 4, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #6

    Being paid £50-£60k to do nowt, I think anybody’d like life on Tyneside

  • greekgeordie

    Mar 4, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #7

    Barton has been missed, and with him in the team the midfield should be: Jonas Guthrie Smith and Barton. At home games we should start with Carrol and Lovengrats up front, saving Routledge,Nolan, R. Taylor, and Ranger for any eventualities of course form can deep and above permitation can be easily adapted by resting players and start with any from the above bench.
    Away from home I will take out Lovengrats and introduce a five man midfield bringing in Nolan or Routledge.
    Any comments?

  • Terry

    Mar 4, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #8

    Haha, where on earth do you get your stats from Ed? He’s played 38 times for Newcastle with 2 goals. And we’ve been hoping he’d be a new signing for us since…well, since he WAS a new signing.

  • 9ds9

    Mar 4, 2010 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #9

    Agreed Terry!
    Was reading that thinking thats not right! If he had appeared 69 times in 2 and a half seasons that would of been ok! Around 28 games a season when its actually around 15 games per season!

  • nden85

    Mar 5, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #10

    hahaha, joey barton, who has played 278 times for newcastle scoring 467 goals inbetween 8 visits to mars and setting 3 new world records for pogo stick related feats. . . .


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