Joey Barton does not have a good record of discipline either on the field or off the field.
Joey Barton – attitude and everything about him has been excellent
Andy Carroll has a good discipline record on the field, but he’s had his little adventures off the field, to say the least, but he now has clear weather in front of him. in that he has no legal cases pending against him, and we have to hope it stays that way.
One of the things that we were concerned about when Alan Pardew took over the Newcastle manager job, was whether he could handle some difficult characters in Joey Barton and Hatem Ben Arfa.
Alan has talked today about Joey and Andy Carroll, and is sure he can handle both of them, given his past experience with some of the supposed bad boys of football.
This is what Alan said this morning when asked if he could handle the two lads at Newcastle:
“I hope so. I hope so. But it isn’t going to come from me, it’s going to come from within,”“I’ve dealt with all kinds of players in the past. I can think of Danny Mills and Ben Thatcher, who were a couple of hairy ones so to speak.”
“What you have to do is to treat them how they want to be treated. They play the game with a pace and a passion and at a level that sometimes tips them over the edge.”
” But what you’ve got to be is honest with them and say at some points ‘It’s wrong and I don’t want to see that’. But it’s a drip feed effect on the training ground and that’s what I’ll do with Joey.”
“I’m going to set the example and Joey and Andy need to understand that’s what we want to see from them. Those little disciplines.” “I have no complaints about either of them. I’ve only been here a week but Joey’s attitude and everything about him so far has been excellent.”
“Everything about him so far has been spot on and he was probably one of the best players last Saturday.”
Of course with Hatem Ben Arfa still away in France recuperating from his double leg fracture, Alan will not have met him yet, but we hope he’s talked to the 23 year-old on the phone, because we’d love to see the lad sign permanently for Newcastle – and the sooner the better.
As far as Andy Carroll is concerned, he’s handled himself very well indeed on the football field, and he has very few yellow cards, and this year he has been able to maintain his goal-scoring prowess with 25 goals so far by our reckoning, and super-stardom may await him, if he does the right things in the next year or two.
Joey Barton is playing great football for Newcastle, and we have to hope Joey has learned form his recent three match ban, and also the near escape he had after the Liverpool game, when he supposedly made an obscene gesture to Fernando Torres.
That was focused on by the gossip press of course and yes it was unfair, but the fact is that Joey is a marked man, and he will be given very little latitude on the field, or off the field for that matter – simply because of his past history.
We hope both these lads continue to do what they do best – and that is playing great for Newcastle United – and helping to make the team a top side once again.
Howay The Lads!!