Joey Barton just doesn’t deserve the support he’s received from the faithful Newcastle fans, since he’s been on Tyneside.
Joey Barton – I don’t deserve fans’ support
And that’s not what we think, it’s what Joey Barton has said today, as he’s talked about the terrific fans on Tyneside, and how he loves Newcastle United.
Joey also wants to do his talking on the field, and we think that’s a very good idea.
Here’s what Joey told the Newcastle Journal this morning, and what he feels about the Tyneside club:
“I love Newcastle United.” “The people around the city and the fans have been incredible with me. I really appreciate it,”
“I don’t deserve it with some of the things I’ve been up to since I signed for Newcastle. I don’t deserve that backing but, for whatever reason, I’ve got it and I’m determined to repay them,”
“I have a lot to prove to a lot of people who have stuck by me at this football club and in this region. That responsibility is not wasted on me.”
“People think I take that support for granted, but I don’t.” “I know that people have criticized me – and rightly so – and I know some people have stood by me. But I’m determined. I want to be part of this football club.”
And Joey also feels that he has talked too much in the past, and the time for too many interviews is over, and he just wants to do the job for the club on the field of play.
Sounds good to us.
“I think people are sick of hearing me talk and babble on. I think they just want to see me do it,”“I wasn’t going to speak after the Hartlepool game but you took the time and effort to come down to see me, so I feel it’s only fair that I do.”
“I just want to play football – I just want to be part of this football club. It’s good times (for Newcastle) but I know it’s going to be a long, hard road this season and next season and the season beyond.”
“A lot of the stuff that goes with me is off the pitch. I just want to concentrate on the pitch – I want to be judged on the pitch. I think it’s well-documented that my life has had ups and downs but there are a lot of players going through it now and I can sort of relate to it.”
“It actually brings back a lot of bad memories for me and confirms my belief in what I’m doing to address certain things in my life.”
Joey has not been heard from too much, since he injured his foot last September and finally had the operation in early October.
In his absence, the Newcastle club has done tremendously well this season so far – almost the exact opposite of what Newcastle fans had to endure last season.
Whoops, I just got a pain in my arm just thinking about last season – it was awful and that’s a huge understatement.
Joey is now pushing to be in the Newcastle squad, maybe for tomorrow’s game at Bristol City, but the news is that Chris Hughton wants to make sure Joey is fully recovered from his foot injury, before he brings him back.
But we’re sure we’ll see Joey back playing before the end of the season, but let’s hope he doesn’t get injured again.
He could be a big player for us next season, if we can indeed make it back to the Premiership.