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Alan Shearer MBE Joey Barton GBH

10 years ago

Let me introduce the two contenders:

In the Black & White corner I give you the Newcastle and England Legend – All Time Premier League top scorer, 63 England caps with 30 goals, MBE.

Facing him today, fighting out of every corner, 1 England cap, 0 goals, deserving of every honour (in his own head), GBH.

“Hearing that the same old stuffs going on back home. People scrambling round, trying to write idiotic stories. Tut tut. Ah, well….LGO!”

“Think I’ll sit by the pool and reflect on not only on how lucky I am but how hard I work and how far that hard work has taken me…”

Reading Joseph’s latest tweets, I can’t help but get an instant mental image of those outraged  headlines The Sun will drag up from time to time, the story (allegedly) that some young thugs have done something despicable like beat up a pensioner and are then supposedly being punished with two weeks in ‘the sun’.

So there we have Barton who has almost cost his club their Premiership place (only saved by another team in Stoke who had nothing to play for but still did a PROFESSIONAL job against Bolton, sending them down and saving QPR), embarrassed himself on the pitch with a sending off and ‘afters’, then only hours after almost costing his team their premiership place he is launching scathing attacks on anybody who dares criticise his behaviour, such as Shearer and Lineker. Not only using offensive language but also making veiled threats.

Barton’s punishment? Sitting by the pool and picking up eighty grand a week while he does it, while at the same time patting himself on the back for all the effort he has put in and the great job he has done!

You quite literally couldn’t make it up.

With Mike Ashley looking to make not just every pound, but every penny, count at St.James’ Park, it shows just how far Barton had pushed him when he chucked Barton out of the club without attempting to get the minimum of a couple of million that some idiot somewhere, such as QPR, would undoubtedly have paid.

I questioned the wisdom of that decision at the time but not any longer.

(A big shout out to Ben Nixon for the headline)


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