Joey Barton – Newcastle Hero – To Stay On Tyneside


Great news today from Joey Barton, and as Alan Pardew had hinted on Friday afternoon, Joey Barton wants to sign a new deal with Newcastle United, and just  as soon as possible.

Joey Barton – clam down kid – control yourself

The midfielder, who scored two penalties in what was probably the greatest 45 minute performance ever seen in Premier League history, was one of Newcastle’s star players in that second half.

Never-say-die Newcastle came back from the dead, and scored four goals in the last 23 minutes of their game against Arsenal yesterday to level the scores at 4-4,  and could even have won the game with a little bit of luck.

Barton admits he was upset by Carroll leaving the club, but now he obviously wants to take a leadership role in restoring some calmness and pride on Tyneside, and he has come out and committed to the club.

This is what Joey said to NUFCTV today:

“As far as I’m aware, I had agreed in principle to sign a deal. I want to stay at this football club – I have stated that on numerous occasions.””When stuff happens like what happened during the week, then obviously you think, ‘Hang on a minute, what is going on here? Is this the right move? Is this the right decision to make?’

“But I am enjoying my football here. I love living in the city, the fans are brilliant with me – I feel I am building a real rapport with them.”  “Obviously I am disappointed that Andy has gone, as are a number of people in there, because we felt he was a big part of us building a successful football club.”

“But I am told they are going to reinvest the money and as long as that happens, I don’t think there will be a problem if they invest the money quite wisely.”  “But that’s not my job, my job is to turn up and play football. I did think a little bit, ‘Is this the right move to make?’, but I owe a lot to this football club for giving me the chances after I have let them down in the past.”

“The fans are different class with me and I am keen to stay.”  “It makes a massive statement to everyone if I was to not sign a contract and say, ‘I am going to wait’ and blah, blah, blah. Maybe a few other people would be waiting and saying, ‘Let’s just see what’s going to happen’.

“But I am keen to get it signed, draw a line under it and let’s start moving this football club back in the right direction.”

That’s leadership right there from Joey Barton, and that will give encouragement to some of our other players to sign on at Newcastle, and  particularly Jose Enrique and Cheick Tiote.

And Alan Pardew, who probably had the most testing week of his management career last week, but came out on top in those last 45 minutes, when our lads turned it all around against Arsenal, has come out in praise of his star midfielder, and his players in general.

This is what Alan said:

“Joey, Cheick, the whole team had the same performance.” “For 20 minutes, Joey felt sorry for himself. It was everybody else’s issue, everybody else’s agenda.

“No-one was taking responsibility, no-one was wearing that shirt and playing with pride, playing with character like they can.”

“In the second half, he showed what he is about, showed why he perhaps should be included for England.” “I saw the guy throw him to the ground and I thought, ‘Joey, please’. You have to hold your hands up and say his reaction was top drawer.”

“He didn’t react and the Joey of old might have done that. In that little moment, perhaps, there are some people, including myself, thinking that England duty might be coming his way because he has matured as a person.

“He put in a great, great second-half display.”

Good words from the Magpies manager, and the lads now have to push on – sort out that defense this week – and then go all out for a win at Blackburn Rovers next Saturday afternoon, which will not be easy.

But a win next Saturday will further lift the spirits of Newcastle fans everywhere, and maybe Alan can seriously strengthen the squad in the summer, with some good signings and help from the £35M we  received on Monday – £30M of it in cash according to The People today.

We certainly hope so, but we also believe Newcastle will bring in some top players this summer, and we just have to hope we can hold onto those top guys already on Tyneside.

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160 comments so far

  • blissna

    Feb 6, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #1

    We need Barton. He was pivotal.

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  • alip123

    Feb 6, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #2

    Absolutely delighted yesterday. Admittedly we were shocking in the 1st half, and the only thing I looked forward to was the possibility of goals at our end (Leazes). But the one thing that sets us apart from the doomed season is our mentality. When this season finishes we will have had a lot of highlights but lots of lowlights as well.

    And another point to Arsene Wenger…
    Stop f***ing whinging about the referee. He disallowed a goal from us, admittedly the 2nd penalty was a mistake but Barton did nowt to get sent off, plus I don’t think the referee can concede 4 goals for you when you were 4-0 up at half time. You and your kids need to grow up and play football.
    HWTL!!!

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  • NUFCmagpie

    Feb 6, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #4

    that picture is BRILLIANT hahahaha

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  • cyprus

    Feb 6, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #5

    Great way Barton handled the Diabi incident. Let’s make sure we keep him, Jonas, Colo, Enrique, BA, Ireland and Tiote. That’s 7 quality PL players and it would be a great backbone to work with.

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  • cyprus

    Feb 6, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #6

    And Simpson is improving too…

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  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 6, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #7

    coolcatcarter89
    many thanks for the euro free transfer tags – facinating! Just think, just over a year ago I was trawling for championship & 1st division players (like Beckford) who we might sign – thats the progress we have made.
    By the way Becks scored a rare goal for Everton yesterday – have we missed him?

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  • shabunkin

    Feb 6, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #8

    im delighted Joey Barton wants to commit to the club , I see him as captain material , him and tiote can be the heartbeat of this club !

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  • Phil K

    Feb 6, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #9

    Barton is perfect for this club, and this club is perfect for Barton.
    Tiote….for God’s sake, Ashley/Pardew…DON’T do with him what you did with Carroll.
    Man U and Chelski are sniffing around already.

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  • connor_nufc

    Feb 6, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #10

    TIOTE IS MY HERO

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  • ginkoh

    Feb 6, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #11

    Can Ireland play against Blackburn ? If he can I think we will change to 4-5-1 with Nolan or Ireland behind the lone Striker (Ranger? Best injure I guess)

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  • free giveaways

    Feb 6, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #12

    As you say Cyprus 7 fantastic players in Jonas, Colo, Enrique, HBA, Ireland, Barton and Tiote.

    Imagine now if we could invest £35m or more on players. We could, for example, sign;

    Joleon Lescott (£6-8m)
    Ashley Williams (Free transfer)
    Charles N’Zogbia (£12m)
    Johan Elmander (Free transfer)
    Givanildo Vieira de Souza (Hulk) (£20m)

    Our squad would look so strong then. I’m not optimistic that Ashley will spend that kind of money but I can hope.

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  • Edd Case

    Feb 6, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #13

    Tiote is bound to be subject to a significant bid in the summer.

    We still owe Fatty £120million, so if a ‘bigger’ club bids £30 million for him, you know what will happen.

    I will really be gutted then, already forgotten Carroll but Tiote would take a long time to stomach.

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  • carrollsinger

    Feb 6, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #14

    Ranger and best will be fine we own the players staying in the prem is no 1 why send them off for meaningless games it’s all games they will be fine for blackburn

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  • free giveaways

    Feb 6, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #15

    Gerrard is out of the England squad. Barton deserves a call up. He’s been the best english midfielder in the prem this season.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 6, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #16

    If Andy Carroll wanted more money right now or he threatened to leave then I won’t miss him. Like Alan Pardew said today we only want players that really want to play for Newcastle. Sadly he apparently didn’t. I understand the clubs thought to finally sell him but we really should have held Liverpool to ransom and get one of their players as a short term replacement. Selling our most influential player and local top scorer and not getting anyone in at the time was seriously unprofessional. I just hope this doesn’t mean that we are now a ‘selling club’. I like to believe that most if not all that money will be invested in the summer but it is a huge gamble waiting for summer because we might not be in the Premiership by then. We needed a replacement as our current strikers are struggling. Knowing we can get in an emergency loan signing in now or a freebie as a short term solution I wouldn’t hesitate to go for Ewerthon. He’s Brazilian and surely is technically gifted as most are. I have seen him play before and he is a good player for us right now. He is probably the best option out of all the available players right now.

    If we are still in the Premiership and looking for great talent I would go for;

    Max Gradel (Leeds winger-5M)

    Adel Taarabt (QPR attacking midfielder – 5M)

    Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli play-maker forward-8M)

    Keisuke Honda – (Japan play-maker forward 9M)

    Just these 4 players would make us into a World Class team. Extremely talented, young, cheap and affordable considering their huge talent and exactly the attacking flair we need.

    With the massive income from the Andy Carroll sale we have some money to spend and as the board says every penny will be invested in the team then this will be money very wisely spent (and you wouldn’t have to spend all of it either).

    What is now essential is to keep the amazing core players we have now ‘especially Cheick Tiote and Jose Enrique’. Selling either will only disrupt our progress further as these two gems are worth holding onto no matter what kind of money is being thrown around.

    The club has done some marvelous deals in the past and I am hoping to see some great signings in summer as we desperately need to build on the squad. Investing in talent like the above players will see us flying.

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  • john_cena163

    Feb 6, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #17

    Joey ur a legand, i was so happy to see joey not reactng bad when dat c***t cought his neck.
    Toto was world class. He is priceless.
    LET’S GET HULK-WICKHAM AN NEYMAR IN THE SUMMER

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  • ginkoh

    Feb 6, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #18

    Any penny we got from players sold will not cut any debt from fatty.

    I think Gervinho is the good signing too. Because he can add more option and pace to the team and he’s friend with Tiote. All match with our transfer policy. Young with potential and coup well in dressing room.

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  • ginkoh

    Feb 6, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #19

    I don’t think Taarabt want to move if QPR can promote to PRM next season and I think they will.

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 6, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #20

    Rumouts we’re after Mounir El Hamdaoui from Ajax.

    Dunno if anyone else has reported this on the blog yet?

    http://www.caughtoffside.com/2011/02/04/newcastle-united-plan-move-to-sign-ajax-striker-as-andy-carroll-replacement/

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 6, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #21

    ginkoh – Taarabt already said in an interview that he wanted to help his current club QPR win promotion and then stay in England and hopefully move to Man Ure.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 6, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #22

    should the investment not be 35 Million +, as this is new money and we would have invested regardless of carroll being sold or not. so 50 million i guess. hopefully anyway.

    One can always dream 😀

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 6, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #23

    Anyone know if there’s any truth in the rumour that Carroll will be out for the rest of the season?

    I wonder if there’s something else going on, and thats why we let him go, as he may be injury prone and have a weakness in his thigh now?

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  • lewman

    Feb 6, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #24

    lavezzi will have champions league football next season at napoli plus plays with some incredibly talented players there and would probably cost around 15 million atleast, would be astounded if we managed to get him for 8 million jp, but i dont know how long he has left on his contract so i suppose if its not long then he could go cheap.

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  • lewman

    Feb 6, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #25

    suazo would be ok on a free, then we could buy one top striker and still have money left for a winger and another defender plus possibly cdm cover as guthrie would probably suit playing a bit higher up the pitch.

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  • john_cena163

    Feb 6, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #26

    Rumours in Mexico are circulating that carlos Slim Helu one of the wealthiest men in the world is said to be interested in buying out Mike Ashley at newcastle. Lebanese-Mexican business magnate, philanthropist and the chairman and CEO of Telmex, América Móvil. His extensive holdings in a considerable number of Mexican companies through his conglomerate, Grupo Carso, SA de CV, Carso represented about 18 percent of Slims $65 billion in public holdings. It is understood he has been watching the premiership with great interest since the billionaires started moving in, and would like to flex his financial muscle in the english top division also. Taking a failing club like Newcastle and turning them back to title contenders would be away of showing this. Mike Ashley is a marked man in the north east, and this could maybe be the white night they are looking for

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 6, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #27

    Barton has been phenomenal this season, but another day, another ref and he could have been sent off. Also he owes us big time for the 3 years he effectively had off for one reason and another while being paid 60k a week ! He’s done ok out of us,

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  • lewman

    Feb 6, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #28

    can even get mexes on a free, we should snap him up

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  • john_cena163

    Feb 6, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #29
  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 6, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #30

    John

    keep up, I posted that this morning !!

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  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 6, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #31

    OK its fun playing fantasy football – but we need to strengthen other areas – we are ok for CBs and MF but we need (not just want) cover on both FBs, a CF and a winger. That is basic – once with have them then we can start to improve.

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  • john_cena163

    Feb 6, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #32

    Would love neymar ,hulk an wickham to come in the summer.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 6, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #33

    Spugggy,

    he allegedly has the same injury as woodgate has and let’s just say his erm…lifestyle isn’t conducive to quick healing

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  • john_cena163

    Feb 6, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #34

    Rotonda@ m late lol, was jst checkng sum news so i got this, hope its true.

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  • john_cena163

    Feb 6, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #35

    Any1 has the latest fifa 11 squad update file for pc?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 6, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #36

    yes it would be good John

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Feb 6, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #37

    That’s a point we should go all out for neymar in the summer

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 6, 2011 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #38

    Talented, realistically affordable and would greatly improve our squad:

    Max Gradel (Leeds winger-5M)

    Adel Taarabt (QPR attacking midfielder – 5M)

    Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli play-maker forward-8M)

    Keisuke Honda – (Japan play-maker forward 9M)

    As Lewman mentioned Lavezzi might be a bit more expensive but I think it’s definitely worth it.

    What do the rest of you guys think ?????????

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  • john_cena163

    Feb 6, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #39

    Taarbat would b class, bt dnt tink honda wl dat gud in epl

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  • tjshawsey

    Feb 6, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #40

    LOL just remembered that article in the chronicle the other day!:
    “4 Feb 2011 … CHEIK TIOTE today revealed he wants to come back “with a bang” against Arsenal.”
    He certainly did that!

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