Joey Barton has talked a little bit about last season this morning.
Joey Barton – looking ahead
It seemed like last season everything possible conspired against Newcastle to get Newcastle relegated, even though Hull City were doing everything they could to get themselves relegated.
But in their last two games it turned out if Newcastle could have scored just one goal, either against Fulham at home, or Aston Villa away in that last game, we would have survived, but we didn’t and Hull survived.
However it looks like Hull City will now be relegated this season, and we expect them to be in serious financial trouble, if that indeed happens.
Joey Barton, who now lives in the City Center of Newcastle, and has become very attached to life on Tyneside, and has talked briefly this morning about last season’s woes.
Joey said today:
“Without raking up too much old ground first and foremost, I think if key players had stayed fit or available – myself included and I obviously didn’t help anyone by getting sent off at Liverpool.”
“I think it would have made a big difference between us dropping down the league and staying up,”
“What’s gone is gone, we’re back in the Premier League and the achievement is an amazing one.” “The lads have been magnificent. The way they’ve gone about their business this season, they’ve done it with a bit of class.”
“All right, they’ve not been the great entertainers everyone wants to see, but who cares? We were out to win the league.”
There’s no doubt that in his interviews this season, Joey has come across very positive and very attached to the Newcastle club and to its supporters.
We have to think if Joey didn’t stupidly get himself sent off at Liverpool, Newcastle could have survived.
But hey, that’s all in the past now, as Joey points out, and the only thing our players can do is to play at their very best and look forward to better things ahead for this famous Newcastle United club.
And over the last 10 months the players could hardly have done any better.
Newcastle’s promotion back to the Premier League was sports news around the world a couple of weeks ago, when we captured that promotion, and better things definitely lie ahead.