Alan Pardew has given his support to Joey Barton today, by giving him the captaincy for Friday’s friendly game at Darlington.
Joey Barton – blow with his Visa
That’s an excellent gesture by Pardew, and very good man management too.
As we found out this morning, Barton will not travel to the United States on Sunday for the American tour, as he didn’t get a Visa, and Joey must be feeling a little down at the moment.
Add to that Joey’s uncertain future at Newcastle, and things don’t loook too good for the Liverpudlian right now.
But it’s an excllent move by the manager, as he lets Joey know he is still an important player to Newcastle – which of course he certainly is.
New Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini will not play at the Darlington Arena, as Pardew will try to give as many players as possible a game in pre-season.
And new signing Sylvain Marveaux is also set to miss out on Friday night, and that will be a worry, given the Frenchman never played for Rennes since last October.
And midfielder Cheick Tiote is also set to miss the game.
This is what Pardew told the local Newcastle press today:
“Joey will play at Darlington and captain the side” “Colo will not play. He does not need to play this early, and Sylvain Marveaux will not play, either. He is not ready.”
“Cheick will not play – he is playing catch-up a little bit with his fitness.” “Joey is still suffering from past misdemeanors.”
“He has put his life back on track, and long may that continue.” “I have no problem with integrating Joey into the team without him coming to the United States.
“There is no problem. He will go to Holland with the development group, and do the work there.”
And as we reported earlier today, Barton has apologised to the Newcastle fans for his lack of involvement, but it was always going to be the case that he would not get his Visa, because of the jail time he served three years ago.
Giving Joey the captaincy on Friday begs the question as to whether Joey will be the Newcastle vice-captain this coming season, as he was under Alan Pardew this year, and captained the side at Aston Villa in Nolan’s absence, as we recall.
And Newcastle will start their tour when the US is going through a heat spell, mostly in the east and south of the country.
And here in Raleigh yesterday, we hit 101 degrees Fahrenheit and today will also be over 100, and we have had several weeks with the temperature every day above 90 degrees F, with the lows around 75 F.
Good job the lads are playing in the evenings, although the heat and humidity is still around at those times.