Barton – We All Need To Be Rowing In The Same Direction


It was a more somber Joey Barton who talked to the Daily Mirror yesterday.

Joey Barton – we need to be rowing in same direction

And it seems the sale of Andy Carroll really upset the apple cart with the players at Newcatsle, because it turns out both Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton were ready to sign long term contracts on Tyneside.

But Kevin has now moved onto West Ham for life again in the Championship, and Joey Barton is likely to be moved out this summer.

The danger in this is that the leadership of the team has been ripped apart, and now we wonder who will step up to the plate for Newcastle, and even who the new captain will be.

Don’t forget that the success of the side last season was based on proven performers who got the side promoted in the previous season in the Championship, but that will not be the case next season,  with Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and Jose Enrique all likely to have moved on.

This is what Joey said yesterday, when asked if the club was moving forward:

“Club moving forward? Yeah, who knows.”

“For me, you can’t build a house unless you have solid foundations. Some of the things that are going on at the football club makes you just question it a little bit.”

“You’ve got to believe that the manager knows what he’s doing, that the chairman knows what he’s doing [and that] the owner knows what he’s doing.”

“Time will be the teller of that.” “It would be easy for me to sit here and say I don’t agree with this or that, but they could be doing the best moves ever and it’ll only be in 12 months’ time or 18 months’ time will we know that.”

“At the end of the day, it’s their football club and they’ve invested a lot of money into it.” “The people who will be hurting in the situation are the same people who will always be hurt – the fans.”

“There are players like myself, and hopefully the players they bring in, that want to achieve the level of success that the fans demand.” “I think the manager wants it, I’d be surprised if the owner and chairman didn’t want it.”

“We all need to be in the same boat rowing in the same direction. Hopefully that’ll be the case whenever the first game starts.”

We thought Kevin Nolan could have turned out to be one of the best captains at Newcastle for a long long time, but it’s really a big shock that the powers that be at Newcastle (Ashley and LLambias), were prepared to let him move to a second division side, rather than keep him on board on Tyneside.

We think that’s another huge mistake the club has made, but we’ll see what happens next season, and we have to hope the club will bring in say five or six good players this summer, but we’ll also now need some new leaders in the dressing room.

It’s all very dangerous, but on the bright side, Newcastle could become a younger and more skilful side next season,

That would have to be our hope now.

Comments welcome.



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40 comments so far

  • BigKirky

    Jun 17, 2011 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #1

    Again, just have to wait and see the rest of the players that come in. But I’m very hopeful when players like Ben arfa, tiote and cabaye are the benchmark to come in.

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  • JackButler

    Jun 17, 2011 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #2

    Joey needs to understand that the foundation of the club will be the great youth players that are coming through along with Cabaye, HBA, Goslin and Krul, this is the start of a new era at NUFC

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  • samag

    Jun 17, 2011 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #3

    who is gonna be our new starting line up
    ————–krul————-
    simmo-saylor-colo-naylor
    ——–cabaye-tiote———
    —barton-benarfa-jonas—
    ————–Ba————–

    bench:forster, raylor, willo, fergie, strolla, lover, gosling

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  • JackButler

    Jun 17, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #4

    1st game – gunners home
    2nd game – sunderland away

    off twitter lol

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  • boomboomcheick

    Jun 17, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #5

    off topic but what do you think of the likes of rodellaga as a squad player? just to beef it up a little

    just out of curiosity how do yous rate sulley muntari, he would to a good job to beef up the centre mid position i think.

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  • Cardboy

    Jun 17, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #6

    Fixture list released in ten minutes!!

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  • Cardboy

    Jun 17, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #7

    Maybe not then lol

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  • Eastander

    Jun 17, 2011 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #8

    Krul
    Gosling Taylor Collo M’bengue
    Tiote Matuidi
    Barnetta Cabaye Ben Arfa
    Ba

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  • mr.T...iote

    Jun 17, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #9

    daily mail says barnetta was in toon last nite to conclude deal, i’ll find the link n also, journal says even if/wen ba n erding sign we want anoter striker coz best is up for sale at 4 mil (paid 1mil) n naylor cud be anounced today so, we shud hopefully by today have
    cabaye 5mil
    ba 2mil (signing on fee)
    naylor 1mil
    barnetta 7mil
    so far 15 mil then hopefully soon
    matuidi between 10 n 15
    erding 6mil
    m’bengue 7mil
    gardener 5mil
    n mayb a new winger (zoggy mayb) for 10ish
    thats with carrol, best n nolan muney

    all possible lol,

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  • JackButler

    Jun 17, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #10

    Cardboy

    its off twitter mate so doubt its right

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  • Magforlife

    Jun 17, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #11

    Keep the powder dry, there’s along way to go yet.
    Joey had a great season and would like him to stay, but he also took his £60K a week when serving his time, so loyalty works both ways !

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jun 17, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #12

    i think harper has to be our captains only because of his EXP

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  • samag

    Jun 17, 2011 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #13

    Cheick boom, i’m a fan of rodallega. but don’t see wigan parting with their man, unless its for big bucks. still can’t beleive that we’re actually making a loss on our captain and top scorer. bought for 4m and sold for somewhere between 3 and 4. and he had 2 years left.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jun 17, 2011 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #14

    i think harper has to be our captain only because of his EXP

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jun 17, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #15

    i think today the new fixtures of next season will release

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  • JackButler

    Jun 17, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #16

    krul
    simmo
    saylor
    collo
    naylot
    cabaye
    tiote
    barnetta
    hba
    zoggy
    ba

    subs
    fergie
    goslin
    willo
    best
    harper/forster
    vukic
    airey

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  • Cardboy

    Jun 17, 2011 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #17

    Your right Jack

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  • Mark

    Jun 17, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #18

    I think that Stevie Taylor could step up to be a great captain!

    Plus lets hope that we can put the Gooners away without all the dramas of last season

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  • Get ashley out

    Jun 17, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #19

    Arsenal at home is first game! let’s make it 5-4 this time :p

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  • Cardboy

    Jun 17, 2011 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #20

    Be a good start to the season six points 🙂

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  • Nick 69

    Jun 17, 2011 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #21

    mackems away 2nd game of season!

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  • geist

    Jun 17, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #23

    cwarr07 was actually right, arsenal then sunderland

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  • jimmy

    Jun 17, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #24

    arsenal at home not too bad 1st 6 games like good chance to get a few wins. what do you think lads?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 17, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #25

    As someone else said Barton is a radioactive ticking time bomb. So far Ashley has let everything he’s done go and shown remarkable patience in return for half a good season in 4 years @ 65k a week, but Barton’s days must be numbered now as he could be a very poisonous presence around the place.

    I’m disappointed we seemed to have moved away from the identified need for quicker players and on to the likes of Barnetta and Gardner who are anything but !

    A blind man can see we need rid of Perch, Smith, Loven, Guthrie, Shola, Xisco and Barton to progress and we need to bring in the likes of Marvin Martin / Boudabouz, Menez / N’Zogbia and a quick Gameiro like striker

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  • Eastander

    Jun 17, 2011 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #26

    i hope to god this new team is sorted by the first weekend of the season!

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  • jimmy

    Jun 17, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #27

    stevie taylor would be my captain local lad. should of been in team sooner than he was ahead of willo. hopefully get ba snapped up today.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 17, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #28

    Roshan

    harper is a step back now

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  • Get ashley out

    Jun 17, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #29

    At one point, we have a run of three games which goes: Man city > Man utd > Chelsea..

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  • GeordieMeerkat

    Jun 17, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #32

    November is going to be fun. We go to Manchester one weekend, then go back the following weekend before returning home to play Chelsea.

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  • jimmy

    Jun 17, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #33

    hard month november like everton home then both manchester teams away then chelsea h start of dec

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jun 17, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #34

    Rotonda he has been in the club from a long time so i guess he can be the guy who can do the job left by nolan

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  • Stuart

    Jun 17, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #35

    @Roshan, Krul is a better keeper imo though. Would you really play a worse keeper just so he can wear the captains armband?

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  • slazberger

    Jun 17, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #36

    ED – i think you need to add ‘as long as its in the direction barton is rowing’ to that headline otherwise he will through all the toys into the river.

    bartons had a great season but if he stays it seems to me, he is going to be a ticking time bomb.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jun 17, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #37

    ya Rotonda your right about though but besides harper i think collo will get to captain our squad

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  • PoolieToon

    Jun 17, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #38

    With what It looks like Ashley has planned, I hope he is using WAY more than 35mill to do it, thats even if he promotes the whole reserve team, of which I think 5 will make it.

    Judging by the players predicted to leave we will need at least 11 players (Starters and squad) in order to compete for top half, never mind Europe.

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  • BeeGuy

    Jun 17, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #39

    In a way, Barton’s comments may be just what the squad needs. He talks about his respect and friendship with teammates now gone, and worries about others. That can be a powerful way to instill loyalty into some of the lads. What would you think if he just said some ho-hum remark about a fellow warrior leaving?

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  • Aussie__Toon

    Jun 17, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #40

    Thank God someone at the club has the knackers to talk about the stuff that is bothering the fans.
    Onya Joey for being honest and still keen to knuckle down for the club.

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