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Barton – I Owe The Newcastle Club And Fans So Much

There had been a lot of speculation in sports betting circles, and even some facts mixed in, that a Premier League rival, thought to be Aston Villa or Portsmouth, or both, were interested yesterday in signing the skillful former Manchester City midfielder.

Joey Barton – I owe the Newcastle club and fans so much

However, Barton has now made it clear that it was always his intention to stay at St James’ Park, and pay back the club and the fans for the way they have supported him during his tumultuous one year at the club.

The 25-year-old returned to action for Newcastle, for the last few minutes of the game at The Emirates Stadium on Saturday, when the Magpies were taken apart by a brilliant Arsenal display of total football.

And he got a taste of the booing he will undoubtedly have to face this season from fans, and that’s just extra punishment for him for what he did, and he needs to take it and move on from that.

The Newcastle United club, and particularly manager Kevin Keegan, have supported Barton through his troubles, and the player seems very keen to repay the Tyneside club.

Barton told Sky Sports News tonight:

“I didn’t want to comment on speculation, but I didn’t want to leave Newcastle, because I owe the club and the fans so much because of everything I have put them through,”

Good words from Joey, and whenever he comes back, we will support the boy to get his life and career back on track – it’s never too late for that – whatever bad things he’s done in the past.

To us, he’s like the Prodigal son, and there’s nothing better than seeing someone overcome their demons, and have a good and fruitful life, not to mention a great football career, from now on.

Yes, we’ll get hammered for saying that, but hey – that’s what we’d like to happen, for the club, for Kevin Keegan, and for Joey himself.

Comments very welcome.

160 comments so far

  • toon mad chris

    Sep 2, 2008 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #1

    Glad we did not sell joey barton because he is a hardworking and we are short on midfielders


    p.s Cant belive man city have signed robiniho

  • Isaac Hunt

    Sep 2, 2008 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #2


  • gorskino10

    Sep 2, 2008 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #3

    a stat is we have spend less on IN’s than OUTS we have not signed the WOW so dont promise something KK just say ure signing a Granny so if we got a good player i would congrats you.
    And NUFC WAS going to accept but didnt agree on what player would come. they wanted Diarra and Pompy put in Nugent who we didnt need as we signed Xisco.
    Bit Gutted bout the signing confirmed was the ones we knew yesterday and this morning.
    Lets hope Jan will be better.

  • stjames

    Sep 2, 2008 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #4

    That was a clever little play which climaxed in Joey pledging his loyalty to “his” fans. Is it that easy to manipulate people?

  • milkatoon

    Sep 2, 2008 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #5

    rumours are we joaquin rejected our contract offer!!!! no kidding and Malouda is having a medical right now

  • geordiekk

    Sep 2, 2008 at 2:03 AM

    Comment #6

    milkatoon – where did u hear this then?

  • Ross

    Sep 2, 2008 at 2:03 AM

    Comment #7

    milkatoon-how could malouda sign and then take a medical. you sign subject to you passing a medical.
    and at 2 in the morning? tube.

  • geordiekk

    Sep 2, 2008 at 2:04 AM

    Comment #8

    milkatoon – where did u hear this?

  • Beatski

    Sep 2, 2008 at 2:11 AM

    Comment #9

    yay, Joey B

  • Gazzatoon

    Sep 2, 2008 at 2:11 AM

    Comment #10

    malouda wont sign! the only way we would have got him is if robinho would have gone to chelseaand he didnt which left us stuck!! as for joaquin ha no chance

  • Lord of light

    Sep 2, 2008 at 2:15 AM

    Comment #11

    Wishful thinking we are stuck till jan the question is will kev still be here in jan

  • hadrian

    Sep 2, 2008 at 2:21 AM

    Comment #12

    really glad joeys still with us .

  • obamagic

    Sep 2, 2008 at 2:23 AM

    Comment #13

    Hope he can prove his worth

  • Ross

    Sep 2, 2008 at 2:26 AM

    Comment #14

    i can see it now, rushing malouda into A&E

    “help! help! get a doctor!”

    “whats wrong mr keegan whats wrong, mr ashley whats happened”

    “…ehh..malouda signed hours ago and we forgot about the whole medical thing…the window shut at 12, think you could fit him in? :S”

  • ziad

    Sep 2, 2008 at 2:57 AM

    Comment #15

    hope Barton Improves !!! On and off the pitch … He was my favourite player at man city But has a lot of repaying to do!!

  • clinta

    Sep 2, 2008 at 3:17 AM

    Comment #16

    I wonder if this is genuine or his been told by the club to come out and say this?

    either way it’s clearly an attempt to get disgruntled fans back on his side before he plays at SJP, i guess the last thing he, KK and the club want is a chorus of booes ringing out at SJP for one of our own again huh,

    surely one for MOTD!

  • Shola Ameobi

    Sep 2, 2008 at 3:36 AM

    Comment #17

    Well, that last thing i suspected was that my brightest deadline day moment would be joey barton staying! Hes going to get shit everytime he plays away from sjp, so lets get behind the lad and give him something to play for at home.

  • Michael (NOR)

    Sep 2, 2008 at 4:00 AM

    Comment #18

    Happy about this!

  • xfer

    Sep 2, 2008 at 4:15 AM

    Comment #19

    Right, give him a (another) chance.

    We are short on midfield department, and he is still a good player.

  • Sav

    Sep 2, 2008 at 4:17 AM

    Comment #20

    Prodigal Son is a bit too far, Ed. But he could begin by apologising about his ‘Vicious Fans’ comment. I thought ‘vicious’ was what Joey got up to in Merseyside on a night out with the extended family?
    But there’s been so much biased and irrational spleen vented about Barton since Saturday that I’m inclined to back him to spite them all.

    ‘Get the wagons on a circle, boys!’

  • Tripp

    Sep 2, 2008 at 4:31 AM

    Comment #21

    You guys circle your wagons in England too? Thought that was just us. 😉

  • neeraj

    Sep 2, 2008 at 4:53 AM

    Comment #22

    at least he can win back some of his lost fans

    looking for joey this season and seasons to come in that black and white shirt

  • valle

    Sep 2, 2008 at 4:56 AM

    Comment #23

    Im a bit concerned that we didnt land a left back, but we seem to have had our share of problems this transfer window.

  • Tripp

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:03 AM

    Comment #24

    Yeah, I thought we’d find someone for LB. How did Bassong do at LB on saturday?

  • neeraj

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:11 AM

    Comment #25

    i guess bassong is our back up left back, he did fairly well there, tamas kadar(if not on loan would be the third back up)

  • Matt

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:37 AM

    Comment #26

    we have a joke of an owner who acts like he’s running a ma and pa shop of a club. 2 months to land players and we can’t pull off a piss up in a brewery. pathetic.

  • Steeley

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:47 AM

    Comment #27

    Possibly…probably…in fact DEFINITELY the single most depressing transfer window I have ever experienced. Lets recap:

    We have lost two of our better players (Milner and Faye), yet retained two of our worst (Ameobi and Smith).

    Barton is still at the club. Not a bad thing some may say, but when you look at the wages he is on and the disgusting reputation he has now given our club, then compare him to Milner who wanted to stay but just wanted to be paid similar to Taylor – I think the the whole board need sacked for it! Especially when Milner seemed to show his very best in his last game, and is surely about to break into the England fold.

    Keegan obviously has absolutely NO power! He didnt want to see Milner go, and was so desperate for a) a left back to be signed and b) for Michael Owen to resign that he declared both as urgencies months ago….neither has happened yet!!

    There has been no WOW signing! Now I would expect this in a Jan transfer window but not a summer one! The two Argentinians have done well so far, but really, we needed a big AM in!

    Our squad is threadbare! Even Keegan mentioned before Milner was sold that we needed 3 or 4, and we get two (actually one because one is a loan deal. No actually, make that -1 because we got rid of Milner too!).

    I’d love to think that the guys we have will come through and show us wrong, but I’m sorry guys, all you supporters of Ashley (and I put my hands up, I was all behind him until I saw what happened in this window) – HE NEEDS TO GO SOON! Thanks for getting us out of debt and all that, but we need players, not a trimmed down wage bill!!

    A grim season ahead methinks…

  • TB

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:50 AM

    Comment #28

    I think I am the only one that loved this window.

    If we had gotten Xisco and Nacho a month ago, and signed Colo, Guthrie, and Jonas tonight, everyone would be super excited about our deadline deals.

    So lets look at the window in its entirety.

    1) added 3 legit starters to our lineup. 2 of them (colo and spidey) are world class players that could play for a top 6 team.

    2) kept our best players. (owen, given, Barton)

    3) made great business move with Milner. That money WILL get used, either to further clear our debt, or to use when the Jan window comes around.

    4) Got 2 deadline deals done. Keegan see’s alot of class in young xisco, hence the 5 year deal. We needed a big striker, and got one. We needed a playmaker, and we got a classic number 10. If Nacho’s skills transfer to the EPL, we will have a steal of a player. This years Elano??? maybe.

    If everyone would stop being enamored with Man City we can realize that not many teams made a ton of deals tonight. Lets give Man city some credit on getting Kompany and Robinho, but lets not forget the price they spent on them.

    The last thing i want is to be known as a team like chelsea or Spuds that just try to buy silverware. Man City is going to turn into that team if they dont win something soon.

  • TB

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:53 AM

    Comment #29

    hey matt, did you miss the signings of our 6 new players from the last 2 months???


    thats 6 new players that will play prominent roles on our team… we only lost 2 important players in Milner and Faye.

    stop the doom and gloom. Lets back Keegan and MA and get ready for a great season.

    I for one am happy we arent stuck paying stupid money for malouda or atouba etc etc.

  • TB

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:58 AM

    Comment #30

    Matt – did you miss the signings of Jonas, Guthrie, Bassong, Coloccini, Xisco, and Nacho??? Thats 6 new players that will play prominent roles on our team compared to the 2 (faye and milner) that we let go.

    Steeley – worst window ever??? uhhhh, faye and beye last window…. colo, jonas, guthrie, and possibly other great players this window. how you figure??

  • TB

    Sep 2, 2008 at 6:16 AM

    Comment #31

    damnnnn… everton just signed fellaini for 16 million.

    okay, that hurts a little.

  • neeraj

    Sep 2, 2008 at 6:16 AM

    Comment #32

    steeley isn’t it possible that players didn’t want to come to newcastle

    we were no where near europe last season,
    so currently we are like bolton with better fan base and history

    we had bids where player rejected and in some cases the teams also rejected the bids……….

    our team looks way better then last season both number wise and fitness wise

    lets hope we have a good run till christmas, may be we would be in top 10 or something with couple of good result which might attract some players to our club

    coz its easy to find another smith or ameobi
    and the output would be nothing

    and abt ameobi and smith
    i would ask u a question, as a mgr who wopuld buy those players, one who doesnt know how to control the ball and other has forgot how to shoot……….
    and its not easy to masnage 10 new comers in a squad, so we have brought in 6 hopefully in january we mite land in another 2

    waiting for january


  • neeraj

    Sep 2, 2008 at 6:18 AM

    Comment #33

    just signed????
    was the info given out now or at 12:00 midnight???

  • Jinky Jim

    Sep 2, 2008 at 6:28 AM

    Comment #34

    wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow lets skull another pint! WOW WOW !Then we’ll kick the crap out of someone WOW WOW !

  • TB

    Sep 2, 2008 at 6:30 AM

    Comment #35

    I dunno what time it is in England (early morning i believe)… but the signing for fellaini just appeared on Sky sports website for me. I would assume it was done at 12, but just being released now??

    First I’ve heard of it, but a huge deal for the toffees.

  • Phil,Gosforth

    Sep 2, 2008 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #36

    Barton has played no decent football for this club,he is a hated man in most of English,maybe even world football.We have a bad enough time with the press/other fans without giving them ammunition.
    We will regret not getting rid of him.I hope I’m wrong…… but I don’t thnk so.

  • Nick

    Sep 2, 2008 at 6:33 AM

    Comment #37

    Just because the squad is a bit small, it doesn’t justify keeping our over paid, sicknote deadbeats.

    Barton is a pathalogical liar (he said he was innocent for 18 months!!). He now says he owes the fans so much. Well yes that’s true, but it is so transparent that no one else will pay him the stupid money we put him on.

  • Danish_Magpie

    Sep 2, 2008 at 6:34 AM

    Comment #38

    So after a relatively uneventful transfer deadline day for us, our squad looks as follows:

    GK: Given, Harper, Krul, Forster

    LB: Enrique, (Bassong, Zoggy)
    RB: Beye, (Geremi)
    CB: Coloccini, Taylor, Bassong, Cacapa, Edgar

    LM: Zoggy, Duff
    RM: Jonas, Geremi
    CM: Butt, Guthrie, Barton, Nacho

    ST: Owen, Oba, Viduka, Xisco, Smith, Ameobi, Carroll

    In terms of depth we look like the fullback positions could be troublesome. I am surprised we did not bring in a starting LB and a backup RB, but we didn’t and we have to get on with it. I don’t want to even contemplate if Beye has to spend a few months on the sidelines… :-/

    Also, the free transfer deadline is later, and we should bring in Appiah on a free!!

    We have 7 first-team forwards now, so IF they all get fit, surely it would make sense to loan out Carroll and get rid of Ameobi or Smith?

    Come on Kevin, start preparing us for the Hull game, and let’s make sure we thrash them.

  • TB

    Sep 2, 2008 at 6:35 AM

    Comment #39

    damn, i didnt know ManU sent Frazier Campbell to Spurs on loan to replace Berbatov…

    obviously he isnt as good, but I didn’t want Spurs to get anything out of the deal 🙂

  • Matt

    Sep 2, 2008 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #40

    we didn’t sign a creative attacking midfielder other than a loanee? sorry but thats not ‘ok’ or ‘acceptable’. we have been crying out for a consistent AM since dyer left, has he been replaced? no. emre never produced, this should have been identified 2 years ago. i’m sorry but i don’t want to watch a CM pairing of butt and guthrie on a saturday night, not worth it. probably close to the most average centre midfield partnership in the top 15. even koumas and scharner is more exciting.


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