Joey Barton is one of a string of Newcastle players who have been interviewed today, about last season’s heroics, now that it is all over.
Joey Barton – proud to be part of it
Joey Barton said today:
“I am humbled to be part of it. It is a great group of men and that is not just the playing staff.”“There are so many people working so hard behind the scenes.”
” The medical staff, the kit men, the masseurs, the physio’s, the administrative staff and the others, they are the unsung heroes.”
“The graft they put in and the time they put in goes unnoticed because they are not the ones you see on TV.” “Hats off to them, they have been absolutely first class. Just look at our injury record this year – they have kept us ticking over.”
“We have had 46 games in the Championship – we only had 38 in the Premier League but we have not had very many injuries.” “The physios and the medical staff were fantastic with me. We spent a long, long time together and I cannot praise them enough.”
Those back-room people mentioned includes head physiotherapist David Henderson, physio Derek Wright, conditioning coach Simon Tweddle and masseurs Mickey Holland and Davy Upton.
And on the field of play, Joey has been impressed with the way the lads have dealt with the enormous pressures they have been handed.
“People will look around and say ‘they have had the biggest squad’ or that our budget is so much bigger than everyone else’s.” “However, we have still had to go out there and actually win the league.”
“We have had 23 Cup finals away from home and I am so proud of the way the lads have handled out. Some of the places we have been to this season, they have had their only full house of the year and they have all been desperate to go out there and beat us.”
“They wanted us as a scalp but for the most part we have handled that pressure brilliantly.” “The lads have been magnificent, they have done all the graft and hats off to them.”
We have to hope that Joey gets extra fit over the close season, and that he can stay clear of injury next term.
Foot injuries have continually dogged Joey Barton’s career on Tyneside.
If he can avoid injury next season, we’re sure he can be a vital and top player for the club next season.