One of the things to be decided in the coming week is the status of Joey Barton.
Alan Pardew – wants to sort out the Joey Barton situation
Fabio Capello has already said this weekend that while Joey is a very good player, he can also be a dangerous player for a team too, because of his ability to disrupt things.
And we’ve seen that capability in full this week, as he seemed to be a wrecking ball to the Newcastle Board who he was going after, and maybe manager Alan Pardew too, and we’re not even going to mention the Newcastle players that he dressed down after the poor showing at Leeds United last Sunday.
Oh, if only they were all as good as Joey thinks he is – all would be well.
Alan Pardew said the plan is to solve the Joey Barton problem this week:
“Joey’s situation is where we were on Friday. We’re all taking a deep breath and seeing where we go,” “You want to have your best players and I’m a manager who wants my best players playing for the club.”
“Joey needs to buy into what we’re doing – if he doesn’t see that then he’ll probably go.” “But you never know – we’re all taking some time out. We’ll assess it next week.”
“Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday me and Joey will have a couple of texts and we’ll take it from there.”
And we’d rather not have the Joey Barton saga drag on as long as the Jose Enrique saga has dragged on this summer, and really if Joey still has doubts about Newcastle, he should just move to some other club, and soon too.
We would like him to stay and be a big part of Newcastle’s future, but if he’s not behind the management he can hardly do that, and the same can be said of Jose Enrique too.
We used to tell our employees at IBM to try to be a solution rather than be a problem, and that would be some good advice Joey could take in this week.
It’s all too easy just to criticize things, that’s too easy because things will never be perfect, and while the scene at Newcastle right now is admittedly not good, it’s about 10 times better than it was two years ago.
We prefer to remain optimistic about Newcastle, given the other choice, which is to be down on them all the time.
And that’s even while Mike Ashley is the owner, but with good management and some astute buys, Newcastle can still become successful again, even though that may not look too likely at this moment.
That’s where I stand on this, and as far as I’m concerned it’s upward and onward for the lads from now on, and yes I’ll get some criticism for that view of things.
But the situation is not as dire that a win against Arsenal next Saturday wouldn’t put right, and put right rather quickly too.