There’s no doubt at all that Joey Barton has become a darling with Newcastle fans, because it’s widely known the 28 year-old is going to take a pay cut to remain at the Newcastle club.
Joey Barton – discussing tactics with manager, on his first day
The deal is said to be almost complete, and it should all be announced sooner rather than later.
Fulham will be hoping to take advantage of the turmoil at the Newcastle club, this time because Andy Carroll has been shockingly sold to Liverpool.
This is what Joey Berton said today:
“In Ireland in pre-season, the aim was to have an impact in the Premier League, and I feel we’ve done that,”
“It’s a good base. We’ve got 15 games left, and we’re on 30 points. If we can finish quite strongly, who knows where that can take us?”
“We haven’t proved (the critics) wrong until we get to that 40 or 42-point mark.” “This league’s a tough, tough division, you can lose four or five on the spin quite easily.”
“There are no easy games. It’s all about Fulham, and if we can take maximum points there and keep our unbeaten start to 2011 in the league, who knows where they can take us.
“We’re not counting our chickens yet, as we need to get 11 or 12 more points.”
Pardew took his players to Portugal for a training camp last week, and the team was given circuit training and substantial hard running, to improve their stamina.
Please don’t concede another injury time goal tonight – please!
And of course the lads had a free weekend just gone, because we’re out of the FA Cup, so hopefully we will be a lot fresher than Fulham, who played a late game on Sunday against Spurs.
“We’ve been out of the FA Cup, and had an extended rest period,” “With the size of the squad we’ve got, it was probably what we required.
“We’re looking back into the league on the back of two draws. We’re keen to get out and get on with the game.” “We’ve put ourselves in a good position. It’s a strange league.”
“Obviously, had we have taken four more points from Sunderland and Spurs, we’d probably be looking at pushing on and looking at a seventh spot finish.”
“Liverpool have spent a bit of cash now, and you’d expect them to put a run together, but we’re a side which is capable of beating anyone on our day, and we’ll take it one game at a time.”
“We’re a squad that’s looking upwards, rather than over our shoulder at the scrap at the bottom.” “When you’ve got a squad our size, you’ve got to prioritize what the goal is.”
“It would have been nice to have a run in the FA Cup. As a kid, you dream of getting to Wembley, but unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be this season.”
It will be interesting to know what Joey thinks about the Andy saga – when he himself is willing to stay on Tyneside for less wages than he was getting – but it’s best Joey keep his own council on that.
Joey will be very important in tonight’s game, and the lads must show up from the very first minute, otherwise we risk being buried early, as Tottenham were in the FA Cup last weekend, when they 4-0 down at half time.
Unfortunately, Fulham seem to be in very good form.
Howay The Lads!!