Even though there has been big trouble from Joey Barton this summer, you get the feeling that Alan Pardew really likes the Liverpudlian, who is of course quite a character.
Joey Barton – I’m available Alan – come on – give me a hug!
And we think the above photo shows just what influence Joey has on the Newcastle side, because the lad is such a strong and vocal character.
And that can be for good or bad, and to be fair it’s been very good over the last couple of years when Joey, to his credit, seemed to genuinely want to put his career and life back together.
But he seems to have fallen off the wagon a little over the summer, and his Twitter account has not helped him at all – in fact it’s been his undoing.
It appears that Alan Pardew may start Joey today against Arsenal, and it seems there will be some very good players who will not make the team today, and that’s got to be a very good sign for the strength of the squad.
Pardew will make a decision on whether Joey Barton plays or not tonight, just a few hours before the kick off is what we are being told today, but the news yesterday was that he would start him.
Alan held one more one-on-one talks with the player before he trained yesterday morning, and the inside news was that Alan will now start Joey tonight.
This is what Alan said yesterday after meeting again with Joey:
“I genuinely like Joey.” “This twitter business, I look at the stuff he puts on there and sometimes makes me laugh sometimes I thinks he makes a big mistake, and I’ve expressed that to him.”
“I think it’s very dangerous for footballers to be on there.” “Because you are in breach of your contract if you say anything in any shape or form about the club.”
If only Joey would quit using Twitter, that would be a huge step forward, but being able to tweet things at a moments notice is a big Achilles heel for a combustible personality like Joey Barton. That’s the problem at the moment.
And the Evening Chronicle is indicating that you can watch the Pardew interview in full on ESPN’s live and exclusive coverage of Newcastle and Arsenal today in the UK from 4:45 pm, and we’re not sure if fans around the world can see it from the ESPN site after that time.