Even more comments last night from Arsene Wenger and Alan Pardew on Joey Barton, and his behavior in Saturday’s game against Arsenal.
Joey Barton grapples with Gervinho on Saturday night
And of course Joey Barton himself had more to say about the incident that took place in the game on Saturday, after 75 minutes, which resulted in Gervinho being sent off.
It’s not at all clear whether Newcastle will want to keep Joey Barton at Newcastle this season, and he is still on the transfer list for free, and available to sign if another club can agree terms with Barton.
But Newcastle manager Alan Pardew seemed happy at Joey’s contribution on Saturday, as he said:
“He showed me what I wanted to see,”“I won’t say he’ll definitely be staying beyond this transfer window, but I think he will.”
And there was even unexpected praise for Barton from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who hinted he may even sign Barton for the London club:
““I like the quality of the player and nobody dismisses signing Joey Barton,”
We do not envisage it at the moment. He’s sometimes a victim of his temper but he is a great player.”
I like the courage of the player,” “Nobody dismisses signing Joey Barton but I don’t think we envisage doing that at the moment,”
“He’s a good player. Sometimes there’s trouble with his temper but he’s a great player.” “Maybe the way to sort Barton out is to sign him,”
“Maybe that’s the solution.”
Barton had grabbed the Ivory Coast International by the throat and hauled him to his feet in the penalty area, after Gervinho was seen to dive to try to get Arsenal a penalty.
Barton talked to BBC Five Live on Sunday evening:
“I shouldn’t have gone over and pulled Gervinho up by his shirt, that’s not the correct way to deal with it,”
“I should have let the referee Peter Walton handle it. I shouldn’t have done what I did. We footballers sometimes push the boundaries in trying to get an advantage.”
“I did go down easily but I felt disappointed by Gervinho trying to win a penalty. I have made a meal of it, I’ve been pushed harder by people at school but I can’t take responsibility for Gervinho’s actions.”
“After seeing it on Match of the Day I have to take back calling him a cheat,” “But I thought it was blatant diving.”
After Joey hauled Gervinho to his feet, Steven Taylor accused Gervinho of elbowing Barton, rather than the slapping that was clearly seen on the many TV replays.
But Barton told 606 last night:
“Tayls is not the sharpest tool in the box.”
So you can see why Fabio Capello called Joey a very good player but very dangerous to the team too.
Joey can easily undermine team spirit, and if he plans to do any more of this stuff in the future, we think he could be told to pack his bags and leave Newcastle, by the club’s hierarchy.
That could be the club’s decision, above Alan Pardew, and if that happens, then Joey will no doubt be a big miss on the field, for his undoubted skills and passion.
What do you think?