Time For Joey Barton To Restart His Career At Newcastle


We haven’t mentioned Joey Barton’s performance much in yesterday’s terrific 1-0 win at Sunderland.

Joey Barton – Tarzan – after throwing shirt to fans

But it was Joey’s header that was going into the goal before Seb Larsson handled the ball, to prevent it going over the goal line after only 15 minutes.

Everybody expected a penalty and a red card, but of course not one official saw the incident, and it’s a good question as to why not, since that’s the job of all four officials at the game.

And not one of them saw the hand ball? Apparently not, but they still gave a corner to Newcastle, so they must have known the ball hit Larsson somewhere, as he deflected it from being a goal.

It happens far too many times that officials seemingly miss the most blatant of fouls, and we’re not even going to mention Frank Lampard’s “goal” against Germany, at last year’s World Cup. That was a world wide embarrassment to FIFA and the sooner we get goal line technology the better.

Joey Barton led the protests for a penalty, and at least referee Howard Webb went to discuss the incident with his linesman, as Ameobi placed the ball on the penalty spot ready to score his 7th derby goal against Sunderland.

Barton kept his cool during that incident, and then in the second half played another important role in the Newcastle comeback, as he lent experience to the Newcastle side, and would you believe it, Ryan Taylor scored a wonderful goal on 62 minutes.

Did you see Barton’s face as he went over to congratulate Ryan – it said it all.

And then to make Joey’s day complete his horse My Propeller romped home first at 4-1 at York Races.

You can afford to be involve din the costly business of owning horses when you play professional football these days, with the wages ridiculously astronomical.

Joey Barton’s play and his good behavior during the game, well at least compared to last Saturday against Arsenal, was yet another positive in the game yesterday.

There’s no doubt at all that Joey Barton is a very good player, and he’s experienced in the Premier League too, so we’ve been disappointed over the summer that the Liverpudlian has been in the headlines again, for all the wrong reasons.

And even though he’s still on the transfer list as a free agent, not many clubs have come after him, with Stoke being the biggest club to be interested.

That may not get any better next summer if Joey stays on Tyneside to see out the last years of his contract.

One course of action for Joey could be to restart his career at Newcastle this season, and that means behaving himself on and off the pitch (on his Twitter account), and then maybe he will be offered anew contract at Newcastle.

The major thing he has to do to achieve something very improbable right now, and be offered a new contract, is to behave himself.

His football skills are not in question, and it seems to us that Joey would benefit from restarting his career on Tyneside, that, and so would Newcastle,  by having an excellent experienced player in their ranks.

And the Newcastle fans would benefit too, since even though Joey had misbehaved himself recently, most Newcastle fans seem to forgive him very quickly, because he gives his heart and soul to the team.

There’s a chance he could keep doing that after next summer.

Comments welcome.



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30 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Aug 21, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #1

    I still feel he’s a liability, he’s gonna get a red card sooner or later, and cost us the game.

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  • JackButler

    Aug 21, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #2

    I know its Sunday but please be true, lets get these two in and focus on getting into the top ten

    http://www.sundaysun.co.uk/sport/newcastle-united/nufc-news/2011/08/21/magpies-are-closing-in-on-twin-targets-at-last-79310-29274412/?

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  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 21, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #3

    This was from the last article 🙂

    I actually thought Cabaye impressed he got stuck in, he had the
    shot from 35 yards that almost went in, he had quick feet and he linked up play well. Remember that our first two games are probably
    the two worst games you could play in if you are a player like Cabaye. Vs Arsenal we never had the ball and Sunderland away is always a scruffy, scrappy derby game. Its matches like Fulham at
    home where players like Cabaye shine. Dont forget that he plays for
    the France national team. Actually thinking of that i see a close
    comparison with Jack Wilshere he gets stuck in, hes small and has
    a great pass.

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  • ~Obertoon~

    Aug 21, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #4

    If we had signed a Left back before the game, and deployed the New LB instead of Raylor. Would we have won the game?

    What a way to shut up the negative nellies, atleast for a while. Good Job Raylor! Lad really does love scoring freekicks against the northeast Clubs…

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  • ~Obertoon~

    Aug 21, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #5

    Haha, might aswell repeat myself 😛

    Its the 2nd time cabaye has nearly cost me a dining room table… Last week and Yesterday i was ready to smash the table in if he scored!

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  • ~Obertoon~

    Aug 21, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #6

    p.s Smashing the table in due to over celebrating. Rather then anger. Lol.

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  • Graeme

    Aug 21, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #7

    Joey is a very, very good footballer, simple as that. If FCB doesnt give him a contract at the end of the season, I have no doubt he will soon get one elsewhere.

    That would be a very big loss to NUFC and a great gain for another club!!

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  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #8

    JB

    If that was true i reckon top 6 would be on the cards 🙂

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  • Toonboy_84

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #9

    lol @ Obertoon

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  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #10

    Lol obertoon 🙂 i was wondering what you meant by that

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  • JackButler

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #11

    NottsGeordie was afraid to push it to top 6 lol, but I think we can have a great season with the addition of a striker and a left back, made all the better as everyone has picked us to really struggle or go down.
    Nothing like shutting the cockney press us 😉

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  • Toonboy_84

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #12

    Cabaye will be class. He won’t score bundles I don’t think but he will be a scorer of great/important goals. Give him time to settle and he will be a gem. I’m sure of it.

    HWTL!!!!!

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  • thepict

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #13

    Thought Joey had a good game yesterday. Just hope he keeps his nose clean and the all powerful one buries the hatchet and offers him a 3 year contract.

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  • terencelim

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #14

    @4
    ???

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  • thepict

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #15

    By the way Ed , lampards disallowed “goal” makes up for the goal that wasn’t in the 66 World Cup.

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #16

    If Ben Arfa keeps fit, i’m confident he’ll reach double digits when it comes to goals.
    I think he’ll relish being in a behind the striker role.

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  • Saka_Bartoon

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #17

    Joey is today best english midfielder, no other players cud compete his skill. Capello sud take him in the squad and see what difference he can make in the team

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  • JackButler

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #18

    Dannyo keeping Benny fit is the easy part, its stopping everyone else kicking seven bells of shit out of him thats gonna be the problem

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  • IPToon

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #19

    Unsung hero of the last two games has to be Gutierrez. He understands he has R.Taylor in behind him who isnt a defender and isnt very fast so whenever the opposition winger has picked the ball up he has bust a gut to get back and tackle him. Yesterday he won the freekick for the goal as well from a nice run. Playing with Gutierrez is probably a left back’s dream and R.Taylor probably owes him a drink or two.

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  • JackButler, solution to players tarketing Ben Arfa is to have Joey running with him. 🙂

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  • IPToon

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #21

    Also Barton did alright yesterday but blooming hell, he wasnt amazing so stop hyping him up as the best english midfield. Never seen over hype like it.

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  • JackButler

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #22

    GG its either that or we have snipers positioned throughout the stadium 😉

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  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #23

    IPToon

    Isn’t Gutierrez top of the man of the match vote? Hardly unsung 😀

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  • wynbae

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #24

    I keep changing my mind about this brilliantly talented dickhead. As long as he’s pissing off the opposition, and not his own team, I’m really happy to have him on board!! The King is dead…long live the King!

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  • Kris

    Aug 21, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #25

    We need him at the club, dosnt he deserve a new contract. He should be giving a 3 yr contract with a opinion with another one. That offer should Barton take although.

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  • IPToon

    Aug 21, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #26

    NottsGeordie
    i hadnt seen that lol i hadnt seen his name mentioned on the thread and he wasnt really mentioned after the arsenal game so i thought i would blow his trumpet a little bit.

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  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Aug 21, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #27

    Funny thing is that Pardew seems pretty good at managing Joey, even if he pisses off upstairs. He might even earn a new contract yet.

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  • bills-son

    Aug 21, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #28

    I’ve given Barton some hammer recently. There is no doubt he is a good (not great) player and an asset to the team when he is playing well and putting himself about sensibly.

    My biggest concern about him was unsettling the dressing room but from what I have seen in both games even the new players seem to be getting on well with him. If thats the case his assets outwiegh the potential liabilities and I’d keep him.

    Barton – and his agent – has also now probably realised that the top 6 aren’t interested in him and that NUFC is the biggest stage he will ever play on. More than anything else that will bring Barton back down to reality and get him properly committed to us. A little bit of humble pie to the board wouldn’t go amiss either.

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  • ross armstrong

    Aug 21, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #29

    i just wana take this chance to congratulate cheick tiote to not recieve a yellow card in the tyne and wear derby , i find it unbelievable hahaha

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  • VuckicForSlovenia

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #30

    ross, he was booked. you fail.

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