Joey Barton – We’re Not Safe Yet – He’s Right!

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.

Joey continued:

“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!!

83 comments so far

  • boater

    Feb 2, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #1

    there are no responses because people can’t keep up with your sporadic, rushed change over of blog pages ed.

  • Toonkistan

    Feb 2, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #2

    Best player at the clud..FACT

  • Toonkistan

    Feb 2, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #3


  • TS -77

    Feb 2, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #4

    So whats the starting 11 goint to be tonight?? (No more AC threads) 🙂

  • TS -77

    Feb 2, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #5

    My guess:





    2-0 win Toon! Nolan and Best scores.

  • mashearer

    Feb 2, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #6

    i surely hope if we play one striker it is Best ahead of amoeba

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 2, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #7

    Joey Berton? New signing?

  • laurent roberts left boot

    Feb 2, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #8

    yeh that’s the line up for tonight, young lads ferguson and richardson on the bench too hope they get a run out along with ranger

  • Burni

    Feb 2, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #9

    funny….. these rumours of barton re signing with a lower wage seem to have disappeared since sunday…..

    I truly hope we can stuff fulham and if the midfield and defence play like they can on their day then we should be fine, dread to think what happens when any of the current squad get banned or injured, we have SO many players that cant play at the mo…. I desperately do NOT want to see perch in Midfiekd again, fine in defence but please not midfield he was like a headless chicken against tottenham

  • lewman

    Feb 2, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #10

    we cant fault ed for giving us updates on the club even if we dont get to fill up the threads with more discussion.

    it would be interesting to hear joeys view on the whole saga as i am sure he would speak some sense as he is obviously intelligent(apart from when he is drunk)

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 2, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #11

    TS -77 – lineup looks OK, I like to see an attacking team away – but when you look at our suspensions & injuries it looks like we have too many midfielders at the club and no quality up front – there is a serious lack of planning here and despite all the AC loot that may be available we still need to trim down the centre positions, Once we are safe we can play and assess a few youngsters so the situation may be even more cluttered at the end of the season.

  • joe

    Feb 2, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #12

    Actually someone made a very interesting comment in one of the previous blog posts. When the money involved is enough to change your life forever, not only yours but all your loved ones as well for generations to come, it’s a totally different ball game.

    My question is.. assuming someone wanted you to support sunderland instead, what would be your price for that? 1M, 2M, 50M? Ok maybe not sunderland but any other club than newcastle for that matter!

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 2, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #13

    joe, Now it’s easy to say never no matter how much. But if someone is actually standing in front of me with a suitcase full of money?

  • joe

    Feb 2, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #14


    Yeahh my point exactly. For andy carroll. I mean people everywhere are calling him judas, but this scenario probably presented itself to him. So i just wanted to know what people would have done had they been in his shoes.

  • Raffo

    Feb 2, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #15

    Can anyone tell me if the Ireland deal is a simple loan or is it loan to buy? I am happy we have him in but with Pardews comments about getting him shined up I would hate for that to be for him to go back to Villa or someone else. In normal circumstances you would expect something in the contracts but we all know what we are dealing with

  • joe

    Feb 2, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #16

    Not trying to play devil’s advocate here. But it’s easy to say that the selfish decision is to leave your hometown club for more money.

    But think about it this way. If by leaving behind your dreams of playing for your home town club, you’re securing a future for your children and family, isn’t that actually less selfish than doing what YOU actually want (playing for your hometown club)

    what do ppl think?

  • Mac

    Feb 2, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #17

    Edd this is directed at you. I have been reading this blog for along time now,and have grown to love it. But over the last few weeks it has become worse than some of the news papers. Doom and glom all over. None of us wanted to see big Andy go buthe has.Not the clubs fault not Mike Ashelys fault but big Andy and his agents fault,
    He demanded ridiculous amounts of money. The club said no. He left it’s that easy. Yeah we didn’t get anyone in but so what. Judas hasn’t played at all in Jan and we’re un beaten.
    Now Ashley comes out and promises all the money from the Carroll sale will be reinvested in
    the club. He doesn’t have to do that and didn’t have to say it,but still people snipe,jesus christ. This is out first season back in the prem after losing millions and millions due to our relegation.
    Before Ashley came in we were paying 39 million on likes of Owen.
    The blame for the state of the club doesn’t lay solely at Ashleys feet. The club has been on a downward curve for years and years due to poor ownership.
    Look Ashley isn’t my ideal owner and i’m not one of these Ashley lovers,but he’s what we’ve got at the minute. So lets just get off his back and move on.
    I am 32 have held a season ticket for 16 years. I live in Liverpool and still travel home to see matches and go to most away matches. I have a some fantastic times watching the Toon and so horrendous moments, but we’re doin ok at the min. 6-0-0 villa 5-1 mackems 1-0 arse 1-o Everton. We have had good times this season. Long may it continue.

  • Stevo

    Feb 2, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #18

    NUFC wanted to sell AC and AC wanted to go.

    It’s players like Barton that are the reason I’ll be going to the games and supporting the team 100% as per usual. Regardless of the muppets in charge. Bizzare, I’m not sure I could have said that a while back about Barton.

  • Sinner

    Feb 2, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #19

    Leon Best was a one time hit,i would rather have Mcloven and Ameobi infront. 🙁

  • Markaccus

    Feb 2, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #20

    I worry about amoebas laziness, and guthrie giving ball away. I’d like to see as follows

    Then either 5 mid with attacking wingers:
    Best lone striker

    Or 4 mid

    Best and ranger up front

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 2, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #21

    joe, Ah but I scratch a living. So I would be easily tempted. Andy was even at Newcastle on wages that we can only dream about. As for family, Andy probably can’t think that far ahead. Flashy cars, flashy women, flashy life style.

  • lewman

    Feb 2, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #22

    joe i would go and watch sunderland every week for 1 million pounds but you would never catch me wearing a mackem strip and i wouldnt get any joy from watching them win, infact it would please me to see them lose so i find it hard to understand your question, its a bit like asking someone if they would stop loving their mam for a few million, it is something that would be impossible to actually do but you could pretend.

  • Markaccus

    Feb 2, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #23

    O for sucks fake, is this going to become another AC thread, let it go!!!

  • TS -77

    Feb 2, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #24

    Joe, Dont want to wake up the AC/Newcastle row here again but AC is only 22 years old and could play at least 10 years more. He would have earn a lot of money even if he stayed at Newcastle. Of course he will earn even more at Liverpool now but he shouldn have to sell the Bentley if he was on “Newcastle wages”. Look at Cheik Tiote, probably not the highest earner at Newcastle but still sends money back home to his family.

  • Davies

    Feb 2, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #25

    Time to get some proper development into Ranger. The thing he needs to overcome, from what I’ve seen and read, is laziness. I Pardew can get him to give 100% whenever he pulls on the shirt, he could be our next number 9.

    Time to get to work Nile. Looks like you’re our future now.

  • lewman

    Feb 2, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #26

    markaccus your right we might aswell forget about andy cole ,and ruel fox aswell its been like 16 years now

  • nimo

    Feb 2, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #27

    loosing shearer to retirement was the biggest loss this club has had in recent times and we didnt gain a penny, lets move on from AC take our 35 mill and build for the future. if vukic and a few of the others turn out half as good weve a good team in the making – plus if we can buy 1 or 2 top class in the summer were onto a winner

  • Markaccus

    Feb 2, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #28

    Yes, lewman, and I am shocked and saddened to find out we sold supermac to arsenal before I was born!

    Davies, I agree, Nile could be the man, and pardew has a good record with strikers, just needs a rocket up his @rse.

  • nimo

    Feb 2, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #29

    heard we made a last minute attempt for freddie kanoute aswel – not that i rate him was just something my dads friend said who is a scout for west ham ?? dont know if it is true thou

  • lewman

    Feb 2, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #30

    ranger has scored some stunning goals for the reserves,it is only a matter oftime before he gets used to the premier league and stops being a nervous wreck on the pitch. i hope he does some work in the gym this summer to beef himself up a bit as he is a naturally strong lad with good technique, its just we havent reallly seen what he can do yet in the pl.

  • lewman

    Feb 2, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #31

    konoute is a very good striker these days but he is old and playing well in a less physical league so i doubt he would have come here.

  • Markaccus

    Feb 2, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #32

    I mentioned on one of these yesterday, alliadiere is available on a free. Could do worse till summer. Might still have knee problems though, not sure

  • Toon XI

    Feb 2, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #33

    Three points tonight will settle everyone’s nerves.

    This transfer window has caused far too much ugliness between Toon supporters on this blog.

    Too much bickering amongst the Toon Army these past few days. Needs to stop.

  • dave 1961

    Feb 2, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #34

    Does not seem to be many brains on this site.
    1. Carroll was on between £20,000-£25,000 k a week not £40,000.
    2. How could Carroll know what wages he would be offered, when we were told or implied that the figures were £80,000 a week.
    3. The wage costs were about £50mil when Ashley took over he took them to £71mil.
    4. Ashley pays of £110m debt were we being paid for this debt as we seem to have more losses since the debt was paid.
    5. The loan for the west stand would have been paid for now, so debt would have been lowered.
    6. The reasons for our losses are partly (major) due to the large number of fans that Ashley & Llambias have alienated who are boycotting until the not very dynamic duo have left.
    7. This was the last year of the 3 season deal for season tickets 30%-50% of current season ticket holders do not intend to renew.
    8. What excuse will we get when José or Tiote is sold in the summer?
    9. Carroll was led to this like a donkey, the only reason they wanted it written was so they save £3.6 as Ashley does not care what we think.
    10. Ashley has no morals he has kids making his tack gear in Asian sweat shops & does not give a hairy dog’s bollocks what we think.
    Finally what would we have now if we had of sold Millburn at 22 you don’t get it right, nothing, no history, we would be like Bolton or Blackpool. Nothing of what makes us what we are.
    What will the £36,mil get you more signs with tatty sports direct on them, so we can be reminded how we’ve been shafted from a greater distance.

  • Markaccus

    Feb 2, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #35


  • sweendog

    Feb 2, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #36

    dave 1961 .. mostly true but we need to get back to the football..
    win tonight .. then 3 more wins .. then 36 mill spent in the summer and I know I’ll forgive him ..
    first things first.. barton and Nolan need to show that it was them and not Carroll that dragged this team from obscurity when we got relegated .. and it was them and some astute signings that will keep us up..

  • Markaccus

    Feb 2, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #37

    Ed, can you somehow restrict comments, because the whole AC thing is really tiresome now, every article you write, no matter what the subject, some utter tool brings him into the discussion.

  • sweendog

    Feb 2, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #38

    astute signings being Tiote, Arfa .. nevermind our hispanic legends Collo, Bull, Guti .. etc

  • listie

    Feb 2, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #39

    This is getting boring now!!
    Will Pardew Leave – No
    Will Ashley sell up – No
    Has AC gone – Yes
    Who’s fault, no one apart from Carroll and the club actually know, we don’t so all the pro Ashley and Pro Carroll supports don’t know jack.

    Can we draw a line under this all please we have afar more importnat things to worry about and this is Fulham tonight. I’d like to see Donkey and Mcloven up front with Ranger coming on in the second half and James Perch left at home!

  • fergie

    Feb 2, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #40

    Said it last night but now the text version has come out. Don’t think our club captain should be talking to other clubs like this:


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