Joey Barton says that he hopes to do at Burnley what he did at Newcastle United.
The midfielder was one of those who stayed at St James Park and helped the club bounce back to the Premier League, controlling the division from early on and winning the Championship title.
Now with Burnley he is looking to do the same and the signs so far are positive.
Since returning to full fitness in October, Joey Barton has played all seven matches and Burnley are unbeaten in that run.
The 17 points from 21 has lifted them to third in the table, only two points off the top.
Barton says that the aim is to win that Championship title once again, though he concedes that the Newcastle team in 2009/10 was ‘full of very talented individuals’.
Joey Barton was actually a marginal figure in United’s promotion that season due to injury, he started only eight league games and came on as a sub in another seven. The midfielder scoring one goal and getting two assists.
It was actually the following season when Barton belatedly began paying back both the fans and the club for his idiotic behaviour and lack of contribution on the pitch.
In the 2010/11 season, Joey Barton scored four Premier League goals but it was his nine assists that really made a difference. No other Newcastle player has managed more in the following seasons, only Yohan Cabaye has equalled it in 2011/12.
As an illustration of how desperate things became last season, it was Janmaat and Colback who managed most assists with only six each, whilst the nest highest player total was two.
“Getting promoted is always difficult to do, it would be my third promotion in three years. I’ve been in the Championship twice before and I’ve been promoted those two years.
“I didn’t come here to finish top 10, I haven’t come here to see my career out, I’ve come here because I’ve still got a lot to offer and because I want to win the league. That’s the goal for me.
“I won it with Newcastle and the plan is to win the league again.
“The Newcastle side was full of very talented individuals and we managed to keep that together and we went on to walk away with the league because of the quality that we had in the group.
“QPR was a lot different, we had to fight and we literally went up with the last kick of the Championship season.
“We ended up going up via the back door of the play-offs and Burnley and Leicester were promoted.”