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Joey Barton ‘When I First Signed For QPR My Heart Was Still In Newcastle’

6 years ago
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Joey Barton has revealed that he signed for Queens Park Rangers he had a big problem because his ‘…heart was still in Newcastle’.

The ex-Newcastle midfielder has also once again talked about how he was against what Mike Ashley was doing at United, with what has followed vindicating his feelings on Ashley and his running of the club.

This excellent extensive interview is with Henry Winter of the Telegraph and interestingly he will not be welcome in the press box at St.James’ Park the next time he visits, after his colleague [intlink id=”47243″ type=”post”]Luke Edwards and the rest of the newspaper\’s reporters were banned by Mike Ashley [/intlink]today.

I would very much recommend reading the full Barton interview with Henry Winter but here is a short extract including the Newcastle United specific parts;

“For 32 years I have been on this journey, this search for meaning, and that has led me to some dark places, to a jail cell.

“I used a lot of the dark energy to make myself a footballer. If I’d been a balanced person I’d never have been an elite-level sportsman. There were a lot of players more technically gifted than me but what I had was an ability to harness my anger at the world. I used anger like a fuel, a propellant, to turn in to performances.

“When I first signed here (QPR), my heart was still in Newcastle. It was like I left a woman I really loved, met another girl but not forgotten. I was 29, just about to start a family, and offered a four-year deal here. Money didn’t use to be important to me but now the decision was to protect my family. You only get to 35, 36 as a player if you do yoga, Pilates and see a sage!

“I fell out with the hierarchy at Newcastle. With what has come after at that club people have seen what the owner [Mike Ashley] was attempting to do. I didn’t feel I could buy in to that. Being one with the fans has always been massive to me. At City I got on well with the fans, at Newcastle I did. Here I didn’t. I came from Newcastle and felt with the QPR fans ‘you should be thankful I’m here’ which was the wrong attitude. I played crap for a long period.

“The manager made me captain, even though I said to Neil [Warnock] that I didn’t want to be captain. The only way I knew how to lead was by brute force. Kevin Nolan was a really good captain at Newcastle, got the lads together, made sure you actually care about your team-mates. Clint Hill is a great captain here, more of an old-school captain. Richie McCaw [the All Blacks captain] is one of my sporting idols.”

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