Why Joey Barton Wants To Help Magpies Win Promotion


ey Barton has been out injured since last September, but he really wants to come back into the side and help Newcastle get promoted. If you wonder why he’s so desperate to play – then read on.

Joey Barton – wants to help the lads get promoted

Joey has talked today about his desire to play again this season and help the lads get back into the Premiership at the first attempt.

Joey of course will have painful memories of last year’s run-in, when he had only just come back from injury in the game at Liverpool on May 3rd.

That was Newcastle’s  4th last game of the season, and Newcastle fans were excited that he had made it back from injury, and maybe this lad could help us avoid relegation.

Alan Shearer was the manager that fateful  day, and Joey was Newcastle’s best player at Anfield- but what does he do?

Joey manages to get a straight red card from referee Phil Dowd, for a high tackle on Xabi Alonso after 77 minutes.

That was an automatic  3 game suspension and meant he would miss Newcastle’s final 3 games of the season. Those were home games against  Middlesbrough and Fulham and at Aston Villa for the very last game of the season.

And we got  3 points from those final 3 games when 4 points would have meant we avoided relegation and would have been safe – but yes, it’s all water under the Tyne Bridge now.

But we’re not finished – just to make matters a little bit worse on that May 3rd Sunday afternoon, Joey managed to get into a huge argument with manager Alan Shearer in the dressing room after the game.

So Alan suspended him so he wouldn’t even be able to visit the Benton training ground, and who knows, if he hadn’t been sent off we could have well avoided relegation – who knows indeed.

But anyway let’s move on to more positive things, and the fact that Joey is now so keen to play again this season,  is therefore hardly surprising.

Joey talked today about wanting to contribute to the side in the remaining 10 league games:

“We’ve got some tough games coming up, but we won’t take our foot off the pedal,”  “That’s the feeling I get from the camp, and hopefully I can add something to that.”

“They’ve lacked me all season – maybe I can come in and freshen it up a little bit.”  “Maybe I won’t be needed, who knows, that’s down to Chris Hughton, but I will put my hand up for selection.”

“I want to play every game between now and the end of the season because I want to take a bit of the workload off getting this club back where it belongs.”

“I think that team spirit has shone through this season – we could have easily downed tools,”“Everyone expected us to plummet like Leeds or Sheffield Wednesday did, but the lads got together and fair play to them.”

“I think that is a testament to the bunch of men we have at the football club – on the pitch and with the backroom staff – that we’re sitting top of the league.”

“I’ve been in the background trying to support them but it starts for me, hopefully, on Saturday and then we’ll take it from there.”

Those are good words from Joey, and we do expect him to play again this season, but probably not be as quickly as he would like.

But if he can come in and play well in say the last 7 games or whatever, he’ll be all set for next season, and we have to think it’s at that time that he can make a big difference to the Newcastle side.

Oh, and Joey when you do come back into the first team – don’t get yourself sent off – please!

We do think Joey can make a difference to the team, and that’s what Joey seems to want to do, given the terrible things that have gone on since he arrived on Tyneside.

But if he can sort out his personal life and start to play very well for the Newcastle club, he could well be on his way.

Let’s hope for Joey’s sake, and for the sake of Newcastle United, that’s just exactly what happens. 😀

Comments welcome.


18 comments so far

  • GeordieBean

    Mar 19, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #1

    lol Phill Brown gonna be manager of Ashton gate side 😮 who the hell r those O_o?

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  • GeordieBean

    Mar 19, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #2

    ohh ashton gate side r bristol city my mistake 🙂

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  • bigal

    Mar 19, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #3

    Joey can take his big salary and sod off out of toon, don’t try to take some of the credit for what the rest of the team has done without you!

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  • Bucks mag

    Mar 19, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #4

    OK Joey we get it. Time to do your talking on the pitch now like you said …
    BTW Ed it’s great the blog is back up, I only went back on it 2 weeks ago on an off chance, and lo an behold, it was online again. You do a great job, it’s refreshing to get a consistently positive view of all things black n’ white.
    All the best.

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  • jimiley

    Mar 19, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #5

    Barton should keep his mouth shut and be grateful he gets a game. The other players have got us in this position and he is now jumping on the bandwagon. He has done very little all season to get us promoted and in the last half dozen games of the camapign he wants to play again. Sell the thug to Hartlepool.

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  • Tom Mo.

    Mar 19, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #6

    anyone seen how NUFC might have turned down zidane for 1.2m in 1996?????

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  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Mar 19, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #7

    I’m with Bucks Mag – great to see the blog up and running again, there’s no other blog that can touch it (despite there being several really good ones).

    Great to have you back

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  • DevonMag

    Mar 19, 2010 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #8

    Come on Ed show a bit of appreciation for the praise mate hehe, I’d have thought after all the unneccesary abuse and vitriol you get on this blog that any compliments would be most welcome indeed 🙂

    I don’t care what anyone else says, I’m looking forward to Barton’s return and don’t think we can take an undeniably premiership quality midfielder for granted, considering Ashley’s transfer policy. Not to mention he’s settled in Newcastle now which always helps. All he needs is a sustained run in the squad and we’ll see how class he is; his game against Villa at St James’ last season was blinding, man of the match by far

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  • Adssy Mccc

    Mar 19, 2010 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #9

    I agree with some others in that Joey should wait his chance like everyone else and then only start if he proves himself in training and when he comes off the bench. Some credit should be given to Guthrie who has played out of position (out of his prefered position anyway!) and he has just got on with it doing the best he can…(Unlike many Newcastle players in years gone by… i.e. ‘Insomnia’ and the likes that have complained about doing a job for the team)

    Now he is finding form and growing in confidence in his prefered position he should be re-assured that his starting place is safe based on current form.

    Still, it’s great to see even more quality players waiting in the wings, of what is now, a much healthier squad than it has been for some time!

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  • tripp

    Mar 20, 2010 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #10

    We’d be hard pressed to sell Barton. We’d do well to unload his wages, however. Isn’t he on 60K/wk? He’s basically turned in an MO. Almost never fit and he hardly looked up for it at the beginning of the season when he was actually fit.

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  • Sav

    Mar 20, 2010 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #11

    Ed, is this title for real – “Why Joey Barton Wants To Help Magpies Win Promotion” ?

    Errr…. ‘coz its his job and he gets 60k a week for doing it?
    Bit of a no-brainer that, Ed?

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  • toon_toon_black_n_white_army

    Mar 20, 2010 at 2:01 AM

    Comment #12

    we can be a fickle bunch when we want to be lol. in a couple of games time if he and guthrie(our best centre mid, the player we’ve been cryin out for for years imho) r doin the business, we’ll all be waxin lyrical about him, no matter about his past. all will be forgoten. in all seriousness i think IF he can stay fit AND stay out of trouble he can be a major asset to us next season. by the way ed, i dont normally post but read every day, after about a year of readin ur blog (apart from the couple of months u abandin us lol, only jokin, im still amazed by ur dedication to the cause. sometimes i log on at 9am gmt u still post blogs even tho its something like 3am american time. keep up the good work mate, we really appreciate it

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  • toon_toon_black_n_white_army

    Mar 20, 2010 at 2:10 AM

    Comment #13

    sav, dont get me wrong, hes got a long long way to go to right the wrongs of his ways but if some one offered u a ridiculous pay check u wudnt say no. As i said hes got a long long long long way to go for us guys to love him BUT he does have the potential. fair comment?

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  • toon_toon_black_n_white_army

    Mar 20, 2010 at 2:15 AM

    Comment #14

    c’mon lads let ed no all his hard work is really appreciated, i was so glad when this blog came back online, the internet seemed sooo boring without his yanky_geordie view on things lol. if only all us geordies were as pationate (right spelling?) as u, if only lol

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  • Charlietoon

    Mar 20, 2010 at 6:57 AM

    Comment #15

    He looked very slow when he was playing but hopefully that was because he was carrying the injury. I do see him as a better player than both Smith and Butt when fit.

    The future

    ………………………..Harper
    Simps/? Tayls/Will Collo/Kad TheBull/Van
    Wayne/?..Guth/?….Nolan/Bart….Gut/?
    ……………..Carr/Rang ……..Loven/?

    So sell Ameobi, Best, Smith, Taylor and let Pancrate, Butt go.

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  • Chris G

    Mar 20, 2010 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #16

    tripp – sad but true. Like him or loathe him, I think we’re stuck with Barton until the end of his contract (which I think has a couple more years to run)

    I was reminded recently about an article that was written in May last year, and it seems just as relevant now as it did back then

    ‘…it will take a brave chairman to put Barton on the payroll. For one thing he doesn’t come cheap, for another he is far from proven value in terms of games played, and while he remains a potentially useful player when unhampered by injury, suspension, custody or unfavourable switch of manager, he is hardly a unique talent. In short, there are plenty of reasons why you would not spend northwards of £40,000 a week to have Barton at your club, and not that many reasons why you would.’
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog/2009/may/06/joey-barton-newcastle-united-sell-sack

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  • Chris G

    Mar 20, 2010 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #17

    @ toon_toon_black_n_white_army

    I don’t think Ed has a yanky_geordie view on things

    Ed IS a Geordie. He just happens to live in America

    ‘..if only all us geordies were as pationate (right spelling?) as u, if only lol’

    Sorry mate, wrong spelling!

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  • costello91

    Mar 20, 2010 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #18

    your delirious charlie toon, let smith and taylor go? (ryan i presume?) thats an unbelieveable statement. i tink you need some sleep mate.

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