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Ashley And LLambias Not Exactly Joey Barton’s Favorite People

Joey Barton has been stirring it up again, and he’s still concentrating on Newcastle.

These are not  exactly Joey’s favorite people
Why can’t he switch his complaints to QPR, his current club, since he must have had enough time by now to find fault there too?

Joey  attacked the Newcastle hierarchy on a number of fronts yesterday, and we wonder how long this stuff will go on, but we hope not much longer, since Joey Barton is no longer even at Newcastle.

Joey talked yesterday about the contract issue between the players and the hierarchy, which he says ultimately led to Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique, Andy Carroll and himself leaving the club this year.

We’ll just point out that losing those players doesn’t seem to have hurt the side too much this season, with  Newcastle  flying as high as we did under the the great Bobby Robson, and yes, that’s been a huge surprise, but nevertheless it’s true.

And no doubt it’s due to the remarkable impact  that manager Alan Pardew has had  in a short eleven months at the club, but isn’t that positive?

This is the latest Joey Barton attack on Ashley and LLambias:

“We refused as a playing staff to sign because they tried to railroad the players into signing a bonus sheet,”  “Their opinion was we were paid workforce.”

“Myself, Kevin Nolan, Alan Smith, Steve Harper and Andy Carroll – probably the bigger-name players at the time – advised the playing staff not to sign the bonus sheet and that filtered back to boardroom level.”

“It’s no coincidence that I got sold – well, given away – Andy Carroll was sold, Kevin Nolan was sold, Steve Harper – a fantastic servant for the football club – has been forced to go on loan and maybe his position has become untenable.”

“It’s going really well for them at the minute but that’s more a testament to the players and the fans, and also the manager Alan Pardew.” “I just wouldn’t like to go to work and work for those two… cretins.”

These attacks by Joey would have carried more weight if Newcastle had been struggling big time this season, like some of us even were worried about.

But we’re not struggling, and in fact we’re having  big success and that shows that some people at the club know what they are doing, and if that’s down to Alan Pardew alone and his coaches, then so be it.

And the QPR player thinks that it was Chris Hughton’s inability to control the Newcastle players that was the main reason he was sacked last December.

Certainly we had heard rumbles of there being too much player power at the club during the promotion season and last season too, and it certainly was a huge surprise when Chris Highton was fired last December.

Barton viewed the contract  dispute as the main reason for Hughton’s firing, as he continued:

“Because Chris couldn’t get us to sign up to the bonuses offered, Mike Ashley said he’s got no control over the players, he needs to go,” 

“They got rid of Chris Hughton and the way they did it I felt they could have handled themselves with a bit more dignity. I felt aggrieved by it.”

It did look a bit strange that Chris Highton was sacked just  five games after Newcastle had been 5th top of the league,  after beating Arsenal 1-0 the Emirates Stadium on 7th November.

Over the next five games, Newcastle went into a mini-slump and  lost three games, including the 5-1 hammering at Bolton, and we drew the  other  two games.

And it was after the 3-1 defeat at WBA on 5th December, where Newcastle were terrible,  that Chris was fired the next day.

And there was once again uproar on Tyneside about a Mike Ashley decision that came right  out of the blue, and that was followed on January 31st when he sold Andy Carroll to Liverpool.

And even Alan Pardew seems to be dreading the January transfer window, as the Londoner seems anxious that Newcastle do not lose another big name like we did last January.

We hope that doesn’t happen, but Cheick Tiote is continually being linked with Chelsea, and Yohan Cabaye has been linked with Manchester United.

We’re not even saying that Joey is wrong in what he says, but why does he keep stirring things up at Newcastle, especially when he is no longer at the club, and after all Newcastle are doing  very well this season.

He could take a cue from former captain Kevin Nolan who has kept a dignified silence since leaving Newcastle and he doesn’t criticize the club.

Whether this season’s success is  because of Ashley and LLambias or in spite of them, we don’t really know, but as long as the lads keep up their terrific form, and keep playing 100% in every game, we’ll be happy enough.

Sometimes less is more, and  in silence, there is often both dignity and class.

Joey doesn’t even  know what that means – but Kevin Nolan knows exactly what it means.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • soundoid

    Nov 30, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #1

    He’s just confirmed what we already knew. No big shakes.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Nov 30, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #2

    Yes we all know that those 2 are liars and no angels.

    But i think Joey should just shudup now, as whatever rubbish those 2 are doing.. seems to be working.

  • Eastander

    Nov 30, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #3

    “They got rid of Chris Hughton and the way they did it I felt they could have handled themselves with a bit more dignity”
    Oh the irony, Joey Barton talking about dignity!

  • toonincheek

    Nov 30, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #4

    It obviously still bugs JB.

    All this from a simple question – Why did you join QPR”.

  • ginkoh

    Nov 30, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #5

    Barton give us the view of employee who want to have more power than owner.

    I don’t say Ashley is right but every owner want to control and boss their business. If not the system will fail. You can’t let your employee force you to increase their salary and bonus, aren’t you ? Player committee is good but they should know how far they can go and have to know what should they do. Focus on the pitch ! Barton and his committee do the wrong way.

  • jayphoto

    Nov 30, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #6

    F*** Off Joey! Have a look at your shirt mate, its not got a toon badge on anymore! We now play a high tempo, high pressing, high work rate style of football that you, kevin Nolan and Alan Smith phyically wouldn’t be able to deal with! Needs to shut up about newcastle now! We’re playing well and everyone is on the same side for once, something that wouldn’t have happened when he was here! 1 good season and 4 seasons of controversy, injury and mediocrity!

  • boater

    Nov 30, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Ed – about three or four articles ago, you said ‘time for Joey to move on’. Respectfully, why put up another article about his comments?

    Toon Doon South – agreed. A point at home to Chelsea is an excellent result – they still have the proven match winners in their team, and are due a good result against a top 6 side (as it stands – not getting carried away).

    I am amazed at how quickly people have come to regard games like these as gimmes.. I dread to think of the cockiness we’ll get the following week against Norwich.

  • ginkoh

    Nov 30, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #8

    If we can get 1 point against Chelsea now. I will accept it with both hands.

  • jayphoto

    Nov 30, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Can’t wait for chelsea! AVB and Pardew actually have a very similar style of playing, high pressing all over the pitch, quick wingers and players that are good with the ball at their feet! Only difference is Pardew brought in players scouted by the great graham carr specifically to play like this (cabaye, Obertan, Tiote, ben arfa, Ba,) whereas AVB has inherited a slow ageing team not used to, or designed to play like this! Unfortunately, they do have great players and when it clicks, theyre gonna knock 5 or 6 past a team, hope its not us, should be a fascinating contest!


    Nov 30, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #10

    Might only be me but I like it when barton talks the truth..
    Yeah he’s regretting his move to QPR!
    I just don’t care aslong as we’re good on pitch

  • niffnoff

    Nov 30, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #11

    “Myself, Kevin Nolan, Alan Smith, Steve Harper and Andy Carroll – probably the bigger-name players at the time – advised the playing staff not to sign the bonus sheet and that filtered back to boardroom level.”

    Who are they? Alan Smith is about as useful as a fish to spread butter on toast. Kevin Nolan wasn’t amazing in terms of work rate. AC was the big man for crosses and has been replaced with Demba, Barton has been replaced by a younger and ten times better player in Cabaye. The only player I agree to an extent is Steve Harper, but that’s more on the fact that Krul has took his chance and shown the world he is more than suitable replacement for Harps and dare I say Given! You will probably never find anyone as loyal as Harper again, but he is a legend in his own name.

    So really Barton has just took an interview to sound bitter? I still can’t hear him though from where his new “team” are in the table.

  • hisnameisjonas

    Nov 30, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #12

    What an absolute tosser barton has become! stop whining, if you take in mind what barton was payed while in the championship he should shut up! I can see why ashley where reluctant to give a bonus sheet for the players before they could prove that they infact could make it in the premier league so we didn’t loose any more money on overpaid divas!

  • Oleg G

    Nov 30, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #13


    QPR L
    Everton W
    Arsenal L
    Genk D
    Blackburn W
    Liverpool L
    Leverkusen L
    Wolves W
    Liverpool L

    So from their last 9 games:

    3 Won
    1 Draw
    5 Lost !!!

  • West End Boy

    Nov 30, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #14

    Yeah I am getting a bit tired of Joey’s comments but let’s not forget his contribution last season and the one before. Too many on here want to sling mud back and it looks like a defence of Ashley and Co in places.
    I do think that Joey regrets having to leave the Toon but he was his own worst enemy as he does not know when to be quiet.
    I wish Joey all the best in the future but as has already been said here he now plays for QPR and should get on with giving his best for them. They looked good against us earlier this season and if they had a decent striker we would have been well beaten.
    I would take a point off Chealsea now and three would be a big bonous.

  • stuart no9

    Nov 30, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #15

    sorry, i believe everything he says. why should he lie.however we know what them 2 gangsters are like.so what difference does it make to anyone what JB says

  • weg

    Nov 30, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #16

    I agree with most of you that Barton needs to move on and shut his gob about nufc. I think he is hugely disappointed that he is not part of the great season that we are having. He has a lot of animosity towards those in charge of our club, which is understandable, and feels bad about not staying up here.
    But I dont agree that he would not be worth having in our squad this season. He proved last season that he is a quality player and maybe right midfield would not suit him in our new style of play, but centre midfield was always his best position, and he would be a good deputy for cabaye or tiote or guthrie – he would not be a first teamer! I think those four for centre midfield berths plus gosling etc would make our midfield very strong, but the reality is Barton’s gone and we are making do with the other four.
    Time to draw a line under the whole Barton saga and look forward to better things!

  • planb

    Nov 30, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Barton sounds like a bitter bastard and Speedo was a million times the player barton can never be hes playing at the level that suits his long ball style at QPR

  • wynsleap

    Nov 30, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #18

    Joey Barton comes across as a petulant, pathetic moaner who realises he has truly burnt his boats with a top class club.
    Yes, we all have reservations about Ashley – who doesn’t? – but this mud slinging does no credit to either himself or the club.
    He is just aiming to stir things up for the Toon at a time when things are going well and possibly not so well at his new club. Maybe he thinks it some kind of retribution he is giving which will make incoming players think twice about joining us.
    I always thought Barton was very lucky to stay at Newcastle for so long given the amount of trouble he brought to our good name.
    He should think himself lucky for that and move on as he is doing himself no favours.
    As someone else said on here – he certainly ain’t no Gary Speed.

  • GoalsBringSmiles

    Nov 30, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #19

    I was actually quite plesed to hear Joey voice the truth about those who run our club especially when it is again a point about how orientated by money these businessman are. People are talking on here like MA and DL have moved on from past mistakes when in reality the manager and players have worked wonders under the constraints of MA’s financial plan for the club. It is not unreasonable to assume that one or more of our better players will be sold for profit in january and that we will ‘replace’ them with an untested, cheap import. Truth be told our signings have been good, Marveux aside, they have excelled their own reputations however, how far can a club challenge for honours when the driving ambition is financial gain? If january is a continuation of the trend to sell and not significantly reinvest then the fantastic team spirit built this season will not only suffer but so will our league position-risks that MA and DL have consistently shown to be of no consequence to them so long as the spend=net zero.

  • geoff777

    Nov 30, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #20

    Joey’s entitled to his opinion and to express his views on why he left the club.

    I find it an interesting insight, that is probably true.

    As for Kevin Nolan being silent.
    He’s probably waiting for a newspaper to pay him or to put it in his memoirs …

  • AndyMac

    Nov 30, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #21

    “We’re not even saying that Joey is wrong in what he says, but why does he keep stirring things up at Newcastle, especially when he is no longer at the club?”

    Surely Ed even you must recognise that people, whoever they may be, have a right to an opinion and JB’s opinion is that Fatman and Del Liars are two unpleasant individuals.

    Ultimately its his opinion and he backs it up with some facts. If you dont like it then dont read it and dont give it space on your blog. Simples 🙂

  • AndyMac

    Nov 30, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #22

    GoalsBringSmiles says:

    ” If january is a continuation of the trend to sell and not significantly reinvest then the fantastic team spirit built this season will not only suffer but so will our league position-risks that MA and DL have consistently shown to be of no consequence to them so long as the spend=net zero”

    Spot on GBS perfectly sums up Fatman and the Lying Toe Rag !.

  • Widowmaker

    Nov 30, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #23

    I am with geoff777 and AndyMac.

    While being really happy with our league position, JB is just telling what he thinks and know, and I have no problems with that. The more truth he tells, the less possible we will be lied again in the future….Well, at least new tricks will be needed by the two…

  • stuart no9

    Nov 30, 2011 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #24

    also ED if you are not happy with JBs interview and can only complain about them all the time, DONT USE THEM AS TOPICS IGNORE THEM.

  • mkhalaf

    Nov 30, 2011 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #25

    U R A PAID WORKFORCE!!!! u r the employee and MA is the employer u work for his business (Newcastle), either u accept his decisions or u leave… that is just common sense he is the boss. Anytime u disrespect the boss u r gonna get FIRED

  • mkhalaf

    Nov 30, 2011 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #26

    go to inter and talk shit about morratti and c what happens?? ….and btw it seems from this article that alan smith, andy carrol, joey and s harper, all deserve to get fired as they were causing the troubles in the locker room advising other players who already have representation.
    good decision by MA to let them go, they dont care about newcastle they only care about bonuses

  • bills-son

    Nov 30, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #27

    AndyMac // Nov 30, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    GoalsBringSmiles says:

    ” If january is a continuation of the trend to sell and not significantly reinvest then the fantastic team spirit built this season will not only suffer but so will our league position-risks that MA and DL have consistently shown to be of no consequence to them so long as the spend=net zero”

    Spot on GBS perfectly sums up Fatman and the Lying Toe Rag !.


    Are you two for real?

    Why the hell do the likes of you two keep peddling your cr%p about Ashley only being interested in selling for a profit blah, blah fkn blah …

    When his decisions have put us 4th in the Prem with the best manager and squad we’ve had in years?

    For the record, we haven’t sold Tiote, Cabaye, Krul, Collo etc. If Ashley sells them in January whing then – until then – shut the fk up.

  • stuart no9

    Nov 30, 2011 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #28

    when you go against your employer, when you dont adhere to his rules, when you disagree with the way your employers are running the club,expect to be transfer listed, absolutely correct , in my opinion, however if that same player decides to tell his side of the story, and explain to ANYBODY who wants to listen. or ANYBODY who wants to read his article the truth behind his transfer to another club,who has the right on here to deny him that right. OK some of you may hate him that does not give you the right to tell him what to say in interviews either read it or dont, but stop going on about it. you are the same people who keep telling the ashly haters to stop playing the same old record, have you heard yourself?


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