Joey Barton has been given a lot of interviews in the last day or two, and we have to say he comes across as very positive, and seemingly very dedicated to the Newcastle United club.
Joey Barton – difficult life so far
Joey Barton thrives on adversity – and that’s got to be a good thing because Joey has had to put up with an awful lot of adversity in his life so far.
Of course a lot of that has been self inflicted as we all know – but there are signs that Joey is maturing and may even beat his many demons long term, although he openly says he fights with them every single day.
And Joey has today talked about his former problems:
“I always knew I’d be back from what has happened to me,” “I’ve been blessed with an extraordinary inner strength. To get yourself in the s*** I’ve got myself in and to come back, and the level I’m at, with everything that goes on with the media intrusion and media spotlight.”
“Maybe a lesser character would wilt under that. I don’t’ know what it is about me, whatever it is, there is some mechanism that thrives on adversity.” “I’ve found in the last couple of years it’s probably better to live without that adversity.”
“I know the man I am, and the people who I respect, and who I’ve got a high opinion of, know what kind of man I am. For me that’s the most important thing.” “I see a lot of people in this industry being false to themselves and being this person they want others to perceive them as.”
“I see that every single day, there’s a load of bullshit merchants, I don’t need to name names, that’s the industry we’re in.” “For me I know the person I am and it’s taken me to fall off the track a couple of times to find that person, but I’m thankful I got there.”
“I’m not out of the woods yet, life’s a journey and I’m just enjoying my journey now. I’ve been in enough bad times to enjoy the good times and hopefully they’ll carry on here.” He added: “I don’t have to prove anything to anyone, I know the man I am. That’s the most important thing to me and it’s nice when people see you for the man you are.”
“For some people it’ll never be good enough, but I’m not going to waste my energy worrying about that. I’m me and as long as I’ve got the respect of the team-mates and the staff and my family that’s the most important thing.” By rights, Barton probably should not still be playing for Newcastle.”
Joey arrived at Newcastle under a cloud just months after he had attacked team-mate Ousmane Dabo at the Manchester City training center, and he had been suspended for the reminder of the season.
The City manager at the time, Stuart Pearce, made quite sure he was moved on that summer and new Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce signed him for £5.8M.
But then near the end of 2007, Barton, while now a Newcastle player, attacked a person in Liverpool in the early hours of the morning which was caught on closed circuit TV cameras. And he was eventually jailed for that and spent some months in prison in the summer of 2008.
We suppose somebody in the business could make a decent film of Joey’s life, but only if it ends up with him corralling his demons, and going on to be a top star at a very successful Newcastle United.
If that’s the end of Joey’s story, we’d be only too willing to pay to pay for that! 😀