Barton Will Be A Big Loss But Time To Move On

By an odd  turn of fate,  Joey Barton will play his first game for QPR against his former club Newcastle United tonight at Loftus Road.

Joey Barton – will be a big loss

Newcastle signed Barton from Manchester City back in the summer of 2007, when Sam Allardyce had just taken over at Newcastle and Mike Ashley had just bought the club.

Joey had essentially been sacked by the then Manchester City manager Stuart Pierce, who was keen to get him out of the club,  after his altercation with Ousmane Dabo during a training ground dispute earlier that year.

Joey had a bad time of it with injuries during his first three seasons on Tyneside, and appeared only 47 times with 3 goals,  but then last season he was terrific with 35 appearances and 5 goals for the Magpies.

But Joey fell out with the Board at Newcastle after Andy Carroll left in January, and when that happens you are usually history,  and indeed Joey had a big opportunity at QPR a few weeks ago and took it.

Joey had done well to put his life and career back on track in the last two years,  but he has got into trouble with tweets he made from his Twitter account since last May, and that could still prove to be a problem for him in the future, but we’ll see.

Joey was an influential player at Newcastle, and the side will definitely miss his leadership, but we just have to hope that other players will step forward and provide the leadership at the club.

New player Gabriel Obertan talked about Joey today:

“He was a massive player, I only got to know him for a couple of games and a couple of weeks,”

“He was a big voice in the dressing room and on the pitch so he might be a miss, but we’ve got plenty of quality players as well so it’s not really a problem. The only thing might be the voice in the dressing room with the charisma that he had.”

“He wasn’t afraid to say harsh words at times either in the dressing room or on the pitch to wake us up which makes it a good thing to have Joey in the team.”  “There are other leaders in this squad,”  “I talk about Colo or Cheik Tiote to be potential leaders.”

“We won’t miss Barton too much because this is a quality group and there’s Cabaye as well. On Monday we’re not focusing just on Joey, it’s a game we’re going to try to win.”

“There won’t be any violence, it’s just a normal game, we won’t just focus on him.”  “To try to win a cup would be nice.”

It’s strange that Gabriel mentions violence there at the end when tlaking about Joey – why should there be violence tonight?

And we think French International midfielder Yohan Cabaye has every chance to be a very influential player for the club in the future,  and he could even be a future captain on Tyneside.

We’ve lost Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton this year, but it’s now time for the club to move on and move forward.

A win tonight would be very nice indeed, and Newcastle could be in 4th position with all 3 points secured at Loftus Road.

Isn’t that a European Champions League position?


Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • Elb11

    Sep 12, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #1

    Be funny if Joey gets sent off tonight

  • spitfire_

    Sep 12, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #2

    You should move on until now…

  • Stuart

    Sep 12, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #3

    3-1 to the toon tonight. Best 2 Cabbage 1.

    Who cares about Barton, he isnt a toon player anymore so doesnt get my attention anymore.

    Going to have to find a way to watch the match at work tonight like, p1ssed off that I might miss it.

  • redondo77

    Sep 12, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #4

    Why are we still talking about how we are going to miss Joey? it’s like we are stuck in time.

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Sep 12, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #5

    Whoa, is it just me or is this section no longer centered? Ed is it possible for you to fix this please?

    Just apply “margin: 0 auto;” to your “#content_box” selector in your CSS file. Line 21.

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Sep 12, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #6

    Also delete “float: left;” as it’s not needed

  • Ollieh51

    Sep 12, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #7

    It’s not just you BiffBaffBoff and it’s a bit strange!

  • Stuart

    Sep 12, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #8

    Just adjust your eyes slightly to the left. Problem solved haha!

  • Magforlife

    Sep 12, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #9

    Now that Joey has joined the Champions league club he spoke about why are we bothered about what he says or does.
    I have had my moans and digs at the board, now its time to get behind the team.
    For your information its the players that are still here , not those who F**cked off to enrich their pockets.
    QPR 1 Mags 2


    Sep 12, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #10

    Tiote,Cabaye,Obertan,Marveaux is a decent midfield so other than Joey’s motivational skills (on and off the pitch) I do not think we will miss him at all.

    Keep the Faith

  • Persian Geordie

    Sep 12, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #11

    i’d take a point tonight. but if you look at QPR on paper, they are the weaker than the other 3 we played so far. 4-5-1 tonight will do it.


    Marveux to come in the last 30 minutes to kill them off.

    Howay The Lads.

  • JimmyToonToon

    Sep 12, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #12

    We’ve defo got the talent in midfield to cope with not having Barton anymore. I recon Besty is going to come up with the goods tonight……. 0-3 Besty 2 Raylor 1

  • bills-son

    Sep 12, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #13

    Ed – instead of your usual negative headlines why don’t you try this one …

    Seven Points From Nine Without Carroll, Nolan, and Enrique … Not Missing Them So Far!

  • Stuart

    Sep 12, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #14

    Would make a change like bills-son lol.

  • geoff777

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #15

    We have a great midfield.

    Madness to let Joey go free to a rival …

    Just because Llambias doesn’t get on with him …?

    Great management.

  • Ollieh51

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #16

    Only thing I am hoping for out of this game other than a point at least is some sort of consistency!

    We’ve shown before we can manage agianst top teams and then beating Fulham for me showed we are tackling all teams with a new respect but I don’t want to see us go away from home and concede any stupid early goals because we are slow to start again.

  • Davies

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #17

    Funny, when we get within spitting distance of anything good, we seem to bottle it. This is the sort of match we should win, but often bungle.

    I really do hope we give QPR a good thumping this evening. 3rd Place would be pretty frickin’ sweet. Fingers crossed the lads keeep theiir focus.

    Is it wrong that I’m really hoping for Barton to get sent off as well?

  • Davies

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #18

    Geoff – Because Llambias doesn’t like him, because he openly slags off the club at every opportunity available, because he turned down a contract in January, because he threw a hissy fit at everybody in pre-season when he didn’t get his own way, because these things top of a four year term at Newcastle United which include fights, arrests, jail time, bans for assaults at his former club, punching a player during a match etc etc…..

    The reason we would give him free to a rival is that he will do as much harm there as good. I give it a month before he and Warnock have a fight.

  • geoff777

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #19


    Joey rightly criticised the club’s ambition.

    I’m sure somewhere down the line there’ll be a problem or to at QPR.

    Let’s see if their management handle it better than ours.

    btw I hope he gets sent off too.

  • geordie85

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #20

    It never ceases to amaze me how stunned folk are when they realise that actions have consequences. Joey learned the hard way that raising his fists was a bad idea but failed to take the learning one step further when he raised his pen (twitter). His the saddest face on a new transfer I’ve ever seen. Bet he didn’t think when he tweeted about the Toon he’d be out on his ear so quickly to a poorly supported club like QPR.

    He’s not the only one. It seems that a lot of us in the Toon haven’t learned the connection between action and reaction. If Nile Ranger is not on a steep learning curve right now then its probably too late – but what about our supporters and bloggers?

  • gorgonzola

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #21

    Is Santon playing tonight? And King Ben Arfa?

    Hope to see some links soon for the game 🙂


  • davo

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #22

    I can’t wait to see what kind of reception Barton gets from the newcastle fans.Not sure if they will applaud him for being a terrific player for us and for standing up to the board or give him a hard time because he can be seen as a shit stirrer.
    Peresonally I hope he gets a quick cheer from us and then he gets played off the park for the next 90 minutes.

  • JimmyToonToon

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #23

    Spot on @davo, my sentiments exactly!

  • magicmac

    Sep 12, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #24

    As a life long Newcastle fan, from Northern Ireland, i wish Joey Barton all the best with his new club, he might have had his faults in life, but when he put the famous Newcastle shirt on, he give his all for the cause, its very obvious the players liked him, the fans liked him, and Alan Pardew liked him, and no doubt did not want to lose him, but we all know because he told the truth about the way Ashley+Llambias were running the club was correct, and as they say the truth always hurts, so Ashley and that clown Llambias threw thier toys out of the pram, i have no doubt in my mind Alan Pardew agrees with what joey was saying, but obviously could not come out and say so otherwise he would have been shiped out just like joey, so joeys only crime was telling the fans the truth, so good luch for the future joey barton.


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