Alan Pardew has no issues at all with Joey Barton, and he thinks that Joey deserves to be the Newcastle captain in the absence of Kevin Nolan, tomorrow afternoon at Villa Park.
Joey Barton – in action at Stoke
Joey has made some controversial comments about both Gareth Barry and Ousmane Dabo over the last couple of days, and has criticized both of them in different ways.
But there’s no doubt the controversial midfielder has been one of Newcastle’s outstanding players this season, and if the only thing Joey does these days that we don’t like, is to criticize other players, that’s OK with us.
It seems that Joey has come a long way to correcting his anger tantrums, which have in the past got him two assault convictions, and he had to serve time in jail for the altercation in November of 2007 in Liverpool, while he was on Newcastle’s books.
And those convictions will probably prevent Joey from getting a Visa for the Magpies’ American tour in July, and that’s unfortunate, but actions always have consequences in life.
Although Alan Pardew would probably have Joey make less controversial statements to the press, he has come out today and said he has no problems at all with Joey, and that he deserves the Newcastle captaincy:
“Joey is an opinionated person and that isn’t a problem for me,” “He’s striking the ball, he’s connecting with the ball so well that he’s a problem for the opposition.” “He does deserve it for the performance and the discipline he’s shown.”
“It’s off the pitch that Joey has corrected a lot of what was wrong with him as a professional footballer.” “On the other side of it, if you had people without opinions, without that maverick streak then you wouldn’t have talented individuals,” “You wouldn’t have Eric Cantona, you wouldn’t have George Best – some of these players, their make-up is that individualism.”
“Joey may have thrown too many sound bites and perhaps he hasn’t done himself too many favors with that interview,” “He is a little bit disappointed and feels he’s been badly reflected but that’s Joey.”
“I said: ‘Well OK, Joey, perhaps you shouldn’t have done it.’ That is how he is but sometimes players and managers cannot say what they think because it will cause a massive, massive problem.”
“Joey expresses exactly what he thinks at the training ground and in team meetings. He will say: ‘I don’t agree with that.’ It’s good information for me and I will listen and I will weigh up whether he is right or wrong.”
“I don’t agree with all of his opinions, on or off the training ground, but I recognize he does have a genuine opinion. We all have our own opinions about the England team because we love our country to win football matches.”
“But Joey’s opinion is his opinion, mine is mine and if either opinion harms someone then what’s the point of making it? “Joey’s behavior has been exemplary, often under extreme provocation, since I’ve been here,”
“Joey is conducting his life off the pitch in the right way. Since I have managed Joey he has been a quality player for me and deserves the armband. In life, you have to deal with people as you find them.”
“I don’t dismiss anyone because someone told me their reputation is that of a horrible person or a nasty player.” “Joey’s career has been about extremes. I have to make sure he is on the right path and I am doing that. I try to give him the guidance and respect he wants.”
Alan is so right there about you have to deal with people as you find them, and you shouldn’t let somebody’s reputation go before them too much.
It’s how they interact with you that’s the important thing, and we must say that it seems like Pardew and Joey have formed a very good relationship, and Joey has already said he thinks Pardew is a cracking guy, who really knows his football.
It says a lot about Joey that he is going to captain Newcastle United, after everything that’s happened in his past.
But the 28 year-old deserves it, and we expect him to have another good game, and drive Newcastle on, to get at least something out of the game tomorrow afternoon against Aston Villa.
And we fully expect Joey to represent the Newcastle captaincy with the dignity it deserves, and maybe he can get a goal for Newcastle too!
That’s something the other Newcastle captain does regularly.