Joey Barton has praised the Newcastle Board for running the club, as one of the most forward-looking regimes in football, and certainly one of the best in the Premier League.
Joey Barton now on loan at Marseilles
A year last summer when Kevin Nolan was sold to West Ham, Joey Barton severely criticized the Board (his employers at the time) via his Twitter account, and that cooked his goose at Newcastle.
Derek LLambias and Mike Ashley let him go for a free transfer to QPR a year last August – just to get rid of him – and also to get his £60K/week wages off the books.
The former Magpies midfielder is now on loan for the season at Marseilles from QPR, and he was shipped out by the London club in August, after his disgraceful behavior in their last game at Manchester City last season, when he was sent off – and could have had QPR relegated.
QPR did not give Barton a squad number in pre-season, and the writing was on the wall for him – and it now looks a good move that Newcastle made to unload the Liverpudlian last year.
But Barton has said this on his web-site today:
“Newcastle are one of the most forward-thinking clubs in the Premier League.”
And talking about the controversial deal with short-term loan company Wonga, which was not welcomed by the fans, Joey has said it’s necessary to move the Tyneside club forward:
“As much as it hurts the Geordie faithful because it’s their club and they love it, you’re saying ‘Look, we’ve got to just move with the times’.”
“I’ve been really vocal about certain things they’ve done in the past but you have to take your hat off to them.” “Two years ago they were the laughing stock of football – not so much now.”
It’s obvious that he has seen Newcastle become a top club again without him part of the squad and last season we finished 5th top and some of the buys made by the Board, with the help of Chief Scout Graham Carr – have been fantastic.
What do you think about Joey’s latest comments.
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