Warren Barton played for Newcastle from 1995 through 2002, and he now lives in Southern California and is Fox Sports Chief football analyst in the US, and is featured for all the English Premier League games throughout the season, and he comes across as an excellent and knowledgeable pundit.
Warren Barton in Fox Sports studio in LA
He is also a die hard Newcastle United fan, and the other analysts often make fun of that, as Warren doesn’t try to hide his affiliation, and is often as daft as other Newcastle fans, when we have have a good victory.
Warren also keeps his hand in with football, and he is the Head Coach and co-owner of the San Diego Flash, who play in the US National Premier Soccer League – West Division – Southern Conference, and that’s the fourth tier of US football, which they call soccer over here to differentiate it from American Football.
Warren is an excellent analyst and it’s not surprising he would have something to say about the Andy Carroll situation, and it’s also not surprising what he says, as it’s obvious Warren thinks Newcastle are a great club, which he keeps telling everybody on the TV. 😀
This is what Warren had to say about the Andy Carroll saga:
“I feel it would be a good move for Andy. He knows the area, he is a Geordie boy.” “He made it quite clear all along that he never wanted to leave the club – and though he might not have been exactly pushed out the door, the money was obviously just too good for Newcastle to turn down.”
“I am sure if he does come back there might be one or two groans and moans about the place – but as an ex-player here and an ex-captain, I definitely support the idea. Some clubs just feel like home. You just have that comfortable feeling.”
“I definitely did when I arrived at Newcastle. I felt right at home and seven years later was still there!” “It’s that way with Andy and – even if he does face the odd complaint – it won’t be too many.”
“The Geordies are good people – Andy may have left under a cloud but he won’t return under one.” “I’m not shocked that Brendan Rodgers doesn’t want him when you look at the way his teams always play.”
“The fact is Andy plays well when you play to Andy’s strengths – which is by being a bit more direct – and Newcastle can do that as they have more width.” “Whenever Carroll’s had an impressive game, either for Liverpool in the FA Cup semis or with England at the Euros, it’s been one of those rugged games and performances.”
“That’s what he’s all about. That’s what he thrives on.” “At Liverpool, as can happen with any young player who costs huge amounts of money, he tried to justify himself by doing things that weren’t his normal game.”
“It’s clearly not worked out and that could be very much Newcastle’s gain because there’s no doubt they’d be getting a better player back than the one they sold for £35M.” ” Newcastle are not the only Premier League club interested in Carroll.
“If I was looking at Fulham, West Ham and Newcastle, I wouldn’t see it as much of a choice.” “Newcastle are a much bigger club, who are looking to be successful and build off the back of a tremendous last season.” “It just seems like a deal that would work all round.”
“It would give Andy a fresh start and Newcastle some serious firepower.” “Imagine the attacking alternatives available to the manager.” “Hopefully it gets done soon because nobody wants it dragging on for the rest of the summer.”
Those are good words from Warren Barton and not unexpected, and of course Warren played with Joe Kinnear when he was at Wimbledon (The Crazy Gang) from 1990 through 1995, before joining Newcastle for a £4M fee, which in those days was a big transfer fee.
Joe managed Wimbledon from 1992 though 1999 and was at Newcastle from September 2008 through the next summer, but suffered heart problems in early February, in his valiant attempts to keep Newcastle in the Premier League.
Warren Barton is now 43, and he’s one of the best ambassadors for Newcastle United anywhere to be found.
Those in the US (and Canada), who watch the Fox Soccer Channel during the season, will know exactly what I mean.
It’s also good advice he gives to big Andy.