Joey Barton Is Now A Credit To Himself And To Newcastle

Joey Barton put in another excellent performance on Sunday in the derby win, and even though Joey was again playing out of position on the right wing, he looked very comfortable in that position.

Joey Barton – has been class for Newcastle this season

And he would have impressed watching Fabio Capello assistant Franco Baldini, who was in the stands and saw some excellent performances from some Newcastle’s English players including Carroll, Nolan and Ameobi, in addition to Joey Barton. Indeed it’s a long time since Newcastle put in such a great team performance with every player doing the job.

A game to remember – and it will be – for generations.

Joey has played just once for England back in 2007, but we wouldn’t be surprised if he gets a recall, if he continues with the fine form he has shown this season in Newcastle’s 10 league games.

And we have to compliment Joey big time on seemingly getting his life in order, and h’s even calmed down on the pitch, and always seems to be in full control of himself these days.

Since we were some  who doubted he could ever do that, when he was serving his jail time a couple of years ago, he’s proved us wrong, and he deserves tremendous personal credit for what he has done – and now hopefully he can help young Andy Carroll come through his travails off the pitch.

We hold our hands up, because Joey has done something which is extremely difficult, he’s dug himself out of a huge hole he dug for himself,  and that takes tremendous courage.

We know that Joey is a Liverpudlian, but he’s never heard the noise of a crowd quite like it was on Sunday before kick-off, and he told the Shields Gazette:

“The noise before kick off was as loud as I’ve played of in my career,” “It was hairs on the back of your neck time.”

“I thought the lads, after an initial frantic start, were the more composed. We got in front, and we never looked back from there really.”

And this result will end speculation surrounding manager Chris Hughton’s future, as long as we don’t put in a terrible performance at the Emirates on Sunday, because we now have to take every game as it comes, and try to win every single one of them.

The next step that Chris has to get his team over is being a lot more consistent, but he’s got the players he has, playing out of their skins for both him and the Newcastle club, and that’s  just so great to watch. The current squad with Chris is control are a real credit to Newcastle United.

And of course Chris Hughton will have swayed any doubters on Sunday,  when Newcastle had their biggest win against Sunderland since 1955, and it was only one goal short of Newcastle’s biggest ever win against the enemy – Newcastle have won it twice by 6-1.

Sunderland’s biggest win is 9-1 but of course we’d be stupid to mention that one. 😀

Barton will be hoping he is handed a new improved long-term contract sooner rather than later, as he continued:

“What was nice was when the fans were singing his name,” “It probably wasn’t as much as it would be for a Kevin Keegan, or somebody who played for the club and was a footballing hero, but it was great to see them acknowledge Chrissy.”

“The job he’s done’s fantastic. For there even to be an inkling of speculation over his future is ridiculous.” “Hopefully, the club will come out and get him tied down to some sort of deal and put it all to bed.”

“If it ain’t broke, there’s no need to fix it. At the minute, it certainly ain’t broke, and although we’re in a tight league, the way we’re playing and performing, and the consistency on a regular basis, is good.”

“Don’t forget this is the top league in the world. For there to be any speculation is farcical.” “That’s Newcastle United Football Club for you – that’s what we’ve got to deal with.”

“We’re a strong bunch, and everybody’s together, and we’re quite focused on what we need to do and how we get there.”  “Nothing that has gone on outside the dressing room has been able to seep in and affect us. That’s due to the closeness of the lads, and how together we are.”

Good words from Joey and we’ve been completely delighted with Joey this season, and of course  he is a player who could well be captain at the club, but we have some great leaders on board now, working so well with manager Hughton, and the future even looks bright now, but we’re not going to get carried away with things – even when we win against Sunderland.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 2, 2010 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #1

    From villain to hero in a year and a half. Amazing. Now get Andy into your tea club.

  • Rowan Milsted

    Nov 2, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #2

    I agree with Ed, he’s grown up and concentrated on his game and now he looks class. It’s all the more sweeter for the amount of flak I took for sticking up for him after we signed him from City. I said then that he’s a very good footballer who works hard, can tackle and score goals… and I was right! I never realised he had such a good cross though…

  • munch27

    Nov 2, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #3

    When joey was sent down i was one of the first to shout for him to be gone from our club , how glad am i they didn’t sack him .

  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 2, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #4

    Always been behind Joey even in his darker moments great to see him winning some plaudits and performing to a much higher standard.

    Go Joey Go !!!

  • geoff777

    Nov 2, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #5

    Likewise @sirjasontoon – Great to see him winning a very difficult battle.
    Love to see him in an England shirt.

    A credit to the club.

    Brilliant performances v West Ham and the Mackems.

    Well done Joey !!!
    Hope he plays as well all season.

  • dak76

    Nov 2, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #6

    I’ll be honest, few seasons back thought he was just another thug lucky enough to find himself on a football pitch being paid astronomical amounts of money.
    But he has turned himself around off and on the pitch.
    Loved how he reacted last weekend at westham when he went to take a corner when we were 2-1 up… being hurled abuse by the westham supporters, joey of the past WOULD have reacted and probably got himself booked or sent off (ala eric cantona kungfu kick) and enhancing his reputation at the time, but all he did was guesture for them to calm down with a smile on his face (seeing the fuuny side of the abuse no doubt).
    He is becoming the consument professional and role model we hope all sports people should be.

    Good on him and hope it continues until he retires from the game.

  • ronaldeano

    Nov 2, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #7

    Ive been critical of Joey in the past but ive always admired him as a player.

    Well done Joey for cutting the crap and turning back into a model pro.

    keep those Beckham style crosses coming in for big Andy :o)

  • Sav

    Nov 2, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #8

    I was disappointed at how low we had sunk when we signed him and we’ve all had reason to be confirmed in that since, by his antics both on and off the pitch.
    And if there had been any other club willing to give us our money back in that time, there’s no doubt he’d be gone.
    Nevertheless, there wasn’t any takers, only journos taking cheap shots at our club because of Joey’s continued presence. The lad has conquered his drinking and his demons despite the limelight he is subjected to and just as we’ve all had to share in the shame, to some extent, we are all going to enjoy the fact that Joey Barton seems to have got his act together, his talent still intact despite everything.
    Good on you, Joey! Maybe our next club captain.

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 2, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #9

    I think of all CH’s achievements at our club, what he has done to Joey barton is perhaps the most amazing.

    CH seems to have the most incredible man management skills and the way he has transformed Barton is quite extraordinary.

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 2, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #10



  • Obafan

    Nov 2, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #11

    Like some of you I also wanted Barton to be released after his fightings and other bad things he has done. But now I’ve got to give the guy lots of credit cause he has changed his way of life. And off course Hughton has also done a fantastic job with Joey.

    Barton is on his way to become a hero at St. James.

  • balubas1

    Nov 2, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #12

    I’m LOVING the comments on here guys:)

    JB was a player I never paid much attention too before he signed for us. And all I saw from him was red cards and off-the-pitch noise.

    But what a TALENT. He’s a real playmaker. Captain material for sure, but he shouldn’t take it from Nolan or Colo. Maybe his time will come in some years.

  • jesus was a geordie

    Nov 2, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #13

    I found the JB issue a tricky one…On one hand, I believe the penal system is there for rehabilitation and should someone serve time, they deserve a 2nd chance (regardless of their position or job) on the other I worried about our club’s already farcical reputation…In the end, like many of you, I’d have taken the money and run had a decent offer come in for him…Thankfully it didn’t!

    Barton was my MOTM against 5under1and, he was involved in almost every single goal and was a constant source out of defence, but for me, his best moment came when Sunderland were attacking the Gallowgate, their left midfielder was breaking away and somehow Joey caught up, slid what looked like 40 yards (give or take 38 yards) and nicked the ball from under his feet, stood up and played a perfect little one-two with Tiote – EPIC! Reminded me of Scotty Parker V Liverpool the season he was made captain!

  • gallowgate chris

    Nov 2, 2010 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #14

    EVERYBODY MAKES MISTAKES, FACT! defo turned a corner now tho and seems to have calmed down a bit.

    Makes you think what would have happened if he had an injury free two years before this one…

    Player of the season so far for me.

    Keep up the good work!!


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