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Joey Barton – What Difference Did He Make?

10 years ago

Not really sure what to make of Mr.Barton’s latest public pronouncements, whether via a recent interview or his infamous Tweets.

Here’s a snapshot –

“When you pull the shirts on you do if for yourself, the fans and the club but if you despise everything that the owners stand for then its very difficult. I’m a man of principles and maybe that’s why I am not at Newcastle.

I’m happy with them doing well, but the flipside of my happiness is if they do well then the people who I don’t like are doing well. I just wouldn’t like to work for those two cretins.

Newcastle never paid my wages when I was in jail. I was also given a contract… saying if I didn’t sign a renegotiated deal on less money than I was on then they would sack me.

“That came from Mike Ashley who controls the club. I was sitting in a jail cell at the time. As a man of principle, I told my agent at the time I’m not signing”.

Whether you agree with Barton’s sentiments or not, with regard to the people who own/run Newcastle United, I do think that he (Barton) is certainly not the person to be shouting the odds.

If you isolate the following, “I was sitting in a jail cell at the time. As a man of principle…”, doesn’t that really sum Joey Barton’s situation up with regard to Newcastle?

The facts of Barton’s time at St.James’ Park are that he had one good season out of four and the rest of the time he pretty much spent either injured, getting into trouble, or dealing with the consequences of getting into that trouble.

We don’t want to continually go down the road of ‘beating up’ Barton for his past misdemeanours but so long as he keeps attaching himself to our club we have little choice.

We don’t want Joey Barton lecturing anybody supposedly on our behalf, he let this club down big time when he made himself unavailable so many times and never mind him losing a few quid in wages when he was locked up.

He was here four years and earned his money roughly little more than a quarter of that time, our kind of principles would have seen him donating a good few quid of those very easy earnings to a good cause.

Quite clearly Barton would rather be at Newcastle United than QPR but when asked about the Toon shouldn’t comment.

His time has gone, done his time….


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