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Newcastle United Still A Hungry Side

12:09 pm, Thursday, April 1st, 2010 by Ed Harrison · 8 Comments

Joey Barton has come out today and spoken some plain truths about where Newcastle are right now, and he rightly says Newcastle have achieved nothing yet.

Joey Barton – we’ve achieved nothing yet

Joey Barton told the Evening Chronicle today:

“Nobody has gone big-time here as if the league has been won at any stage.” “When we’ve needed real men we’ve had it.”

“When we’ve had to rise to the occasion we have done and that’s what we have to do in the remaining fixtures.”

Barton is one of the players who wanted to stay last summer,  but we also think that if any club had come in for him with a decent offer, Mike Ashley would have been all too happy to sell Joey.

We suspect the club (Mike Ashley) would still like to unload Joey this summer because of his past problems off the field, although we certainly don’t expect that to happen.

We have to hope that Joey has matured and his altercations are a thing of the past – but you really never know what will happen in the future.

But anyway we are hoping Joey has grown up – and not only that – but that he will start to repay the Newcastle club with some great performances in the near future.

Joey said the players at Newcastle are still just keen to put things right after the disasters of last season, which was a complete  nightmare for Newcastle fans.

Joey continued:

“This is still a hungry side that is still hurting and we’re just keen to put it right.”“We have a target on our backs because we are Newcastle United.”

“We are the so-called big club in the league. But we are still sitting top of the league and the thing that pleases me is the attitude of the camp.”

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton is up for the manager of the month award for March, and our Danish super striker Peter Lovenkrands is up for the player of the month. It would be great if they both won, and both have to be favorites for the month of March.

Joey Barton says that it’s hard to single out just one individual like Chris Hughton at Newcastle this season, because there are so many behind the scenes that are doing a good job too.

Joey continued:

“You can’t really single out anybody.” “Chris is obviously the main figure, but there are a lot of people in the background too.”

“Colin Calderwood, Paul Barron, Alan Thompson the reserve coach and a great group of lads.” “We’ve got a great squad.”

We hope to see Joey start a few games before the end of the season, but with all the players back, there will be some real competition for places.

But we also expect Chris to start giving players like Joey, Ameobi and Pancrate some additional playing time over the last 7 games of the season, to see what they can do.

Comments welcome.



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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Thump // Apr 1, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    Glad to see he’s doing his talking on the pitch.

  • 2 Toon_Fresh // Apr 1, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    I’d like to see Krul to get some playing time too

  • 3 Robby Bobson // Apr 1, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Didnt realise the cutbacks went as far as the cafeteria.

  • 4 wsquare // Apr 1, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    play well so you can be sold! lol

  • 5 nightfa11 // Apr 1, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    “Joey Barton has come out today and spoken some plain truths about where Newcastle are right now, and he rightly says Newcastle have achieved nothing yet.”

    newcastle did achive sth, he’s the 1 who didnt contribute ANYTHING..at least not anything positive.

    also: “We have a target on our backs because we are Newcastle United.” – yeah he’s a real team player.
    -.-

  • 6 lesh // Apr 1, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    Good lord, I didn’t know that Joey was a man of so many talents:

    Football
    Pugilism…….

    and now we can see the signs of another aspect of his classical education…….

    Ballet!!

  • 7 magpie6699 // Apr 1, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    Is Barton going to eat somebody now?

  • 8 NUFCELITE // Apr 1, 2010 at 6:36 PM

    Think joey might be off to MacDonald’s to give a boot up the back side to some of you that keeps knocking him,when hes trying hard to change.




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