It would have been very hard while Joey Barton was at Manchester City or in his first couple of years at Newcastle, to call him a shining example to the youngsters.
Joey Barton – now a good role model for the bairns – nice haircut too!
But that’s what Reserve team manager Peter Beardsley has called the Joey Barton of the last couple of years, and he’s not far from the truth either.
Joey’s private life and career were in a mess when he got out of jail back in August of 2008, after only one year on Tyneside, but over the last 24 months or so he seems to have tried valiantly to put both his life and career back together.
And the evidence is there that he’s had some significant success doing that.
And we always knew Joey was a big supporter of the youngsters, because in the four years he’s been at Newcastle, he’s been at Reserve team games and some important Youth games to show his support of the youngsters coming through at the Tyneside club.
In that way Joey has been a leader, and if we see the same things from Joey this coming season, and 100% commitment once again to the Newcastle United side, then who knows, the powers that be at Newcastle may just reward Barton with a new contract.
Stranger things have happened, and we’re sure that’s just exactly what manager Alan Pardew is hoping for.
Joey is now teetotal, because he realized finally, he was one of those people who just couldn’t take a drink, without the hostility and anger coming through.
His past misdemeanors have meant that Joey was not given a Visa to tour America with the first team squad, but the positive thing is that Peter Beardsley will now have Joey on the eight day Reserve team tour of Holland.
The former Newcastle, Liverpool and England great seems to be just delighted to have a player of Barton’s abilities and influence in his squad.
This is what Peter said today to the local Newcastle press:
“Joey will be a good example to the kids.” “I mean that because he has been outstanding around the building at Newcastle.”
“No matter what people think of him, he has been brilliant.” “We have always said to our youngsters that, whatever level you play at, the better people you play with the better player you will become.”
“Joey will be good because he will talk and coax people through things.” “It is a shame from his point of view he cannot go to America, but it is a big plus for us in the reserves.”
“He has been a shining example in the last year or so.” “We hope he can be that next week.”
The Reserve team squad will also include first team players Nile Ranger, Xisco and James Perch, and we think that Perch and Xisco, and maybe even Nile Ranger, could well have left the club come September.
“We have a few first- teamers with us now which will be great and a good experience for the lads.” “It would be a good experience anyway for them.”
“We are taking Joey Barton, Nile Ranger, Xisco and James Perch, who is just coming back from injury. There will be three or four first-teamers there and it will be brilliant.”
“In an ideal world you want experience players around us.” “I look back last year at Shefki Kuqi and what he did for us as an experienced professional – to have them with the young kids is great.”
“The manager will probably want his experienced players in America, but as I say it is a big plus for us.”
Peter has always been positive about things, and it’s good that he’s come out today and given Joey some credit for what he’s done over the last couple of years.
Whatever Joey did in the past, the man has earned the respect for turning his life around – and he is indeed a positive influence on the many good youngsters on Tyneside.