Joey Barton – McClaren A Great Coach – He Can Succeed There

The accolades seem to keep rolling in from players who have ben coached by Steve McClaren, and Joey Barton added his name to that list yesterday via a tweet he sent out after the announcement of McClaren as the new head coach at Newcastle.

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Joey Barton – while at Newcastle

Joey was given his one and only England cap under Steve McClaren  back in February of 2007, when he replaced Frank Lampard in the 78th minute in the 1-0 defeat to Spain at Old Trafford.

Joey has said Steve McClaren is a great coach:

Joey Barton is now a free agent after spending four years at QPR, and that was after he played four years at Newcastle.

Joey joined us from Manchester City for £5.8M in the summer of 2007 and he was Sam Allardyce’s first signing at Newcastle and a controversial one too.

That was because of an incident earlier that year when Joey had assaulted his team-mate Ousmane Dabo in training, and Dabo had to be taken to hospital with head injuries.

A number of fans objected to the signing of Barton because of that incident.

Now Joey is working to help Newcastle get Charlie Austin to Newcastle, and the news today is that Charlie is willing to sign for Newcastle – so that being the case we should try to tie up the 25 year-old now, before he gets married at the end of June.

What do  you think?

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • stan anderson

    Jun 11, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #1

    Trust the Board to get the unveiling of our new H.C. so wrong.All those people waiting to report some news and guess what they were’nt allowed a look in.
    Complete lack of wisdom from the men in control.
    It does not get me excited,but some fans were past themselves with excitement about the appointment of S.Mc.and we close the door on most of them.
    Omnishambles is what we should expect from these knobs.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jun 11, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #2

    Old Blackley has had a word with Sissoko. He’s told him that, back in the day when he was playing for Winlaton Mill in the Tyneside Sunday League, he too wanted to play in the Champions League. You have to knuckle down with your club and see what happens. Sometimes, however, it’s not meant to be and you just have to accept that.

  • solz tim krul

    Jun 11, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #3

    I am rejuvinated i hope mclaren will do some magnificent things.

  • barkel

    Jun 11, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #4

    Not the progressive, forward thinking, young manager I was hoping for and I think his appointment may be a mistake. I hope I am wrong but if he doesn’t start well he’s going to lose the crowd and any renewed optimism very quickly. We’re going to have to get a few signings in quickly and get the team “de-pardewed”, two months isn’t a very long time to turn things around

  • lesh

    Jun 11, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #5

    So, McLaren praised by Quinny, Shearer and now Joey?

    They’ve each been critical of the Club’s actions in the past and praise this appointment.

    If they’d felt the need to slam McLaren, they would have.

    Resd into that praise what you will but there must be some substance in it.

  • carl

    Jun 11, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #6

    Blackley and Brownlie
    You called it correctly. So, what all the wise men promised has not happened and and what all the damned fools said would happen has come to pass. Well done for resisting ” I told you so.”

  • Slank

    Jun 11, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #7


    How do you know he isn’t progressive and forward thinking ?

    You are right he isn’t young at 54 but is age that important ? .

    The ages for managers in the top ten Premiership positions show a wide age range:
    Mourino is 52
    Pellegrini is 61
    Wenger is 65
    LVG is 63
    Rodgers is 42
    Koeman is 52
    Monk is 36
    Hughes is 51
    Pardew is 53.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 11, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #8

    Still think there were better out there, but i don’t think he is the dinosaur some seem to think he is. I think he IS forward thinking, maybe has a touch of the ‘progressive’ in him. Not over awed, but not devistated either.

  • BoyDoneGood

    Jun 11, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #9

    Not many posted yet – the Bull with the Bowler Hat and Stan Anderson – reminds me of Gomez and Fester. No sign of Morticia?

    However, there are lots of accolades for McClaren, but we know his career hasn’t been uniform success. I mentioned Moyse and Rogers as comparisons – both excellent managers, but Moyse bombed at Man U and Rogers isn’t living up to expectations at Liverpool. Moyse + Man U was like Gullit + Shearer half a dozen times over. An established squad is a minefield of egos, and a new coach has a problem – even a Moyse or a van Gaal. Rogers inherited Suarez, an individual genius who doesn’t play Rogers’ natural game, Gerrard (a master or the long pass over the top – not a Rogers tactic), the developing ego of Sterling, and so on – not as big a problem as Man U, but still difficult for a coach to mould to his own style.

    So, in my view, McClaren has the best possible start: a squad in transition; 15th place – plenty of room at the top; not a single player with the justification or the credibility to play the prima donna. This should become a McClaren team within months, and personally I think top 8 in the new season is clearly on (assuming the kind of buying we expect – actually Mr Claremont’s well-reasoned £35M or so a few threads back was a good illustration of the art of the possible; but let’s add in Charlie Austin and make it 50 or so). And, at last, a good cup run, please!

  • DicBDownUnder

    Jun 11, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #10

    If Austin is signed by next week, and we start shifting the stragglers out, Colo, Willo, Obertan, Marvs etc. Then I will have a glimmer of optimism for next season. All good and well we have finally got the sacked manager of a lower league team to join us, but I still don’t see any signings that will make a difference ON THE PITCH. And if come the end of the transfer window, I hear ”the line” mentioned I will personally shaft SM with my fist and ”work his mouth like a puppet”


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