Last week Joey Barton had said that while he respected Alan Shearer as the great player he obviously was, he wasn’t too impressed with his management or coaching abilities, when Alan managed the Newcastle club for 8 games two years ago.
Alan Shearer – while manager of Newcastle
And Joey had even mentioned they had both been at an event together recently, but didn’t talk to each other and didn’t exchange any pleasantries either, and Joey suggested the two of them would never get on.
But Alan Shearer has shown some magnanimous maturity today, and says he has no problem at all with Joey Barton, and more than that, Alan thinks Joey’s done just fine over these last two seasons, and that he has been an outstanding player for Newcastle this season.
Take that Joey! 😀
It’s true that Joey let himself and the club down when he was sent off at Liverpool on May 3rd in the relegation season, and missed the last three games for Newcastle.
Alan Shearer was furious with him in the dressing room after the game, when strong words were exchanged between the two of them.
Shearer has said they have met since that time, and it’s all over with now, as the Newcastle legend told the Evening Chronicle:
“I have absolutely no problem with Barton. We have had a pint since and everything was fine.”
“Our horses have even been in the same race – we were both there to see them and we had a chat.”
“Joey let me down, let the club down and let himself down, there’s no getting away from that and I would tell him the same again.”
“But that’s the end of it.” “He has had an outstanding season, just as he had in the Championship last year, and he deserves great credit for that.”
” Joey has played under real pressure because of his problems off the field as well as on it, but he seems to have overcome them, which is a massive plus.”
It’s never a good thing to bear grudges, and if you do – it all tends to rebound back on yourself – at least that’s been my experience in life.
Hey, the world’s far too serious these days, with all the terrible things happening that are being (enthusiastically?) reported every single day, and we should all probably lighten up a bit.
This is good stuff coming from Alan Shearer, so we hope Joey and Alan can bury the hatchet – that stuff at Anfield is past and gone, it’s over with, it’s water under the Tyne Bridge.
And Joey has been magnificent for Newcastle this season, let’s not forget that either.
And to end this piece, for all those people who didn’t think Alan Shearer was one of the greatest strikers England has ever produced, he played a total of 733 first class games and scored 379 goals.
Alan played 404 times for Newcastle United and holds the goal-scoring record with 206 goals, just six more than the great Wor Jackie, who was born and bred in Ashington, where the Charlton bothers, Bobby and Jackie, are also from.
Alan is also the top Premier League goal-scorer of all time with 260 goals, 73 more than Andy Cole (187 goals), who is in second place.
And Andy also played for Newcastle, from February 1992 through January 1995, and in 70 appearances for the Newcastle club Andy hit 55 goals, before being sold to Manchester United by then manager Kevin Keegan.
Oh the memories.