As we suspected, the news of Saturday’s game has been dominated by Joey Barton, who also took to his twittering ways yesterday – once again.
Joey Barton – ouch – my head hurts
And his comments could even draw him a reprimand from the FA, but that should be nothing more than a warning, surely?
And of course we still wait to hear if anything will happen with Arsenal midfielder Alex Song, because of his deliberate stamp on Barton during the game on Saturday.
We expect Song to receive a three match ban, so that means the London side will be without Gervinho and Song for three league games, and we’ll hear Arsene moaning again, no doubt.
And Wenger didn’t see the Song incident on Saturday, conveniently enough.
Alan Pardew seems to have no doubts about Joey Barton these days, which seems a little surprising:
“As far as I’m concerned, with Joey and me, that’s the end of things,”
“He showed me what I wanted to see on Saturday. Of course he’s only got one year left on his contract and I’ve learned the lessons from what happened with Andy Carroll, so I won’t be saying that he’ll definitely be staying, but I think he will.”
“If we have a fully focused Joey Barton, that is a massive asset for me as a manager.” “On Thursday I asked him for assurances about what he was going to do and how he was going to play for us and he answered them,”
“The most important thing for Joey is answering on the football pitch and he did that. He sent the right message and I think that’s important.”
“There’s been a lot said and written about him and I’m sure a lot of it he didn’t like, but I told him the most important thing was to go and do what he does best and that’s play football – that’s what he did.”
Newcastle put in a good shift on Saturday, and the spirit seemed to be there for all to see, although the crowd was just a little bit disappointing at just under 47,000, but I saw that some readers had mentioned, in the comments, that fans are still out on holiday.
We have to be honest, and say that we are still not convinced that Joey Barton will not cause more trouble this season, if he stays at Newcastle.
What happened to the more disciplined Joey Barton of the last two years?
If Joey can get back to his more disciplined ways and if Newcastle can sign a top left-back and a top striker by Saturday, which apparently they are trying desperately to do, and if we don’t lose any more players come September – then Newcastle could be in very decent shape for this season, after all.
And yes, there are a few “ifs” there, to be sure.
What do you think?