Barton – Newcastle Fans Have Been Great To Me


Joey Barton plays for the Reserves at Hartlepool tonight in his continuing comeback from his foot injury, and the former Manchester City player has  come out today and said the Newcastle fans have been great to him since he joined Newcastle back in the summer of 2007.

Joey Barton – fans have been great with me

Joey is probably hoping to be in the squad for Newcastle’s game at Bristol City this Saturday, and he talked about the great  Geordie fans today:

“The fans have been brilliant and as players we just want to help deliver Premier League football back to them.”

“During my injury, the fans have wished me all the best.” “It’s still a big club and that’s one of the reasons I came here.”

“The fans have been great  to me and now I just want to do the business on the pitch again.”

Barton will certainly not walk back into the side with Alan Smith, Kevin Nolan and young Danny Guthrie all playing well for the club this season in the center of the park.

Nicky Butt is also keen to come back into the first team squad, but we think this could by Nicky’s last season in football – at least it will be for Newcastle United, whom he joined back in 2005, when the great Bobby Robson managed the club..

Joey Barton’s representative, Willie McKay, is well aware the midfielder is more than keen to start playing for Newcastle again, and get his much interrupted career back on track.

Willie said today:

“Joey’s been really patient with his injury.”  “He didn’t want to rush back because he’s done that before and been worse off for it.”

“And with the team doing so well there has been no need for him to take any risks.”

“He’s desperate to be part of this team and to do well for the club.” “He loves it in Newcastle, loves the area and loves the people.”

“He just wants to do his best for Newcastle and it will be a big boost for him when he runs out again at St James’ Park.” “He would like nothing better than to help Newcastle back in the Premier League.”

With Chris Hughton insisting that Joey take his time in coming back from injury this time around, then maybe his foot injuries will be a thing of the past. We certainly hope so because Joey is a good player.

When the 27 year-old is finally fit, there will be significant competition in central midfield at Newcastle.

We also watched Jamie O’Hara last night in Liverpool’s 4-0 mauling of Portsmouth, but Jamie still showed he could be a good addition to the central midfield on Tyneside.

Comments very welcome.


7 comments so far

  • Whumpie

    Mar 16, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #1

    I’m really hoping to be proved wrong by Joey. If he stays off the grog and keeps on top of his demons he could come good.

    However, on a very, very selfish note – I still think the club should move him on; we just don’t need the risk. In terms of visibility and propensity to get headlines of the wrong sort, he couldn’t be at a worse club.

    Besides, he’s just not value for money. Let’s see if he’s up for a pay cut; then decide how much he loves us!

    Sorry – cynical. But understandably, given the history.

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  • Alan

    Mar 16, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #2

    Agree with you whumpie, really hope he proves us wrong!

    Could be our best player next year if he does

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  • toonoholic

    Mar 16, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #3

    I have supported barton way too long now. If he doesnt give anything back soon to the toon, He can pi** off.

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  • tdt

    Mar 16, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #4

    (hopefully) Looks like we’re going to be the last team to ever win the coca-cola championship:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8570749.stm

    although the winners next year might get half price gas and electric bills, which would be handy these days! lol

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  • TORONTOON

    Mar 16, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #5

    i have mix feelings about him…i use to support him and everytime i defend him from my friends he goes out and do something stupid. on one hand he’s probably the the most talented midfielder we’ve had in a long time…on the other he can’t seem to stay out of trouble. sell him back to fatsam this summer

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  • DJG

    Mar 16, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #6

    I hope he gets a good 60 mins under his belt tonight.

    Defensive crisis, what crisis? If Enrique is back tomorow and Coloccini is nearly back then whats the problem, its about time Hall and Kadar got a run out anyway.

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  • peterktoon

    Mar 16, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #7

    Hello to all Newcastle fans.

    To every one of you who has facebook, there is a site/groupe dedicated to get Peter Lovenkrands back on the Denmark national football team and we need all the help we can get 🙂
    So please join this groupe if you have facebook:

    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=54350182087

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