Joey Barton this year has seemed to turn into almost a different personality, a good one, and the player who turns 28 in early September has today spoken positively about his manager, Chris Hughton.
Joey Barton – so positive these days
Barton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“We want to be careful that England or Ireland don’t come knocking for him, to be honest.” “He’s done fantastically well for Newcastle and that’s been said on umpteen occasions.”
“Every manager is different – he does it quietly and in his way.” “As I say, we probably want to be careful that England or Ireland don’t try to take him off us.”
“I don’t know what he’d do then! Being a Cockney he might choose England!” “But he’s done really well.” “He’s a quiet man off the pitch, but he’s loud when he needs to be.”
“I can say every good thing in the book about him, but the results are there for everybody to see.”
“As a manager in his own right he’s won the Championship by a country mile, and it isn’t an easy league to win. If you can do that you’re an excellent manager.”
Barton has a good 45 minute run out last Saturday in our good 3-0 win at Carlisle United, and he could be such an important player for Newcastle this coming season.
The Liverpool-born player has been completely plagued by injury and other problems since coming to Tyneside a full three years ago, and Joey has but 47 appearances so far, but the lad is so keen to give back to the club.
“I’m just looking for an injury-free run.” “That’s what every player wants and I’m the same.”“I just want to play for this football club.”
Joey seems very confident in his own abilities, and said last week he thought he could play again for England (don’t we all?), and he is looking forward to getting in a very good season with Newcastle, packed with first team starts for the club.
We need Joey to be at his best next season, if we are to have a decent season, and at least not be involved in another relegation fight – that would be too much to take.
We are big supporters of Joey, and are still hoping he can turn his life and career around, after he has made many, many mistakes in the past.
But there’s nothing as positive as somebody overcoming their demons,and it inspires people, and we are sincerely hoping that Joey will do exactly that.
Written from Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.