Joey Barton takes Fleetwood Town to Sunderland on Saturday.

A very interesting encounter for various reasons, not least due to the Fleetwood boss’ past ‘relationship’ with the Sunderland fans.

Whilst many doubted his appointment though, you can’t argue about the job he has done so far with meagre resources.

Sixth place Fleetwood will overtake the fourth placed Mackems, if the visitors are successful and take away the three points.

Whilst in terms of resources, Joey Barton admits it is ‘David and Goliath’, he denies it is that situation on the pitch, instead declaring ‘I think we are slightly better than them!’

Needless to say, more than a few Newcastle fans will be raising their glasses to Joey Barton on Saturday night if he pulls this one off.

Barton’s ormer NUFC teammate Ryan Taylor is currently a free agent and training with Fleetwood but no news yet on whether he will be signed up. Another ‘over the wall’ on Saturday would have been an extra nice bonus.

Joey Barton asked at his pre-match press conference about managing a team against Sunderland:

“Saturday will be a very proud moment for this football club, and if you asked Andy Pilley when he started his journey with this football club as Chairman if he would be coming up against Sunderland in front of thirty odd thousand fans, he’d have told you that you were mad!

“When you look at where Fleetwood have come from and how they are progressing still, because there still is a gap between ourselves and Sunderland in size and structure; we will be going there in form and I honestly believe we aren’t a million miles away from them as a team.

“For me it’s another game and as a player, I played in big derby matches and one was against Sunderland and I just see the three points on the line. Just like it was against Bradford last Saturday.

“That is our challenge, we are in the league with some big clubs and Sunderland aren’t the first to club of their size to be in League One with the likes of the two Sheffield teams and Leeds, so we go there with a shot of picking up the points.

“The weirdest thing about it all is that there will be more people in the stadium on Saturday than there will be in Fleetwood, so that’s a novel fact.

“It’s like David and Goliath in terms of finances and the supporters, but on the pitch is where it matters, and I don’t see a David versus Goliath. I think we are slightly better than them!”

Joey Barton on Newcastle United connections:

“If people want to create headlines, sub headlines in papers about me, crack on. I am here to focus on my players and how they play on Saturday.

“For me I need to make sure my team is well prepared to go and do what we do best on the pitch and if we do that, I will be a tough game for Sunderland.

“When you’re a player, and at Newcastle, it was a derby between us and them, and for me now it’s just another game and another team in our way trying to stop us where we want to be.

“Three years ago, I played against Sunderland for Burnley in the Premier League and it is scary to think how quickly football can put you in your place if you don’t do things correctly, and Sunderland haven’t done that, but credit to Jack Ross who has got the crowd back and the team winning games.

“It’s not easy to turn things around when things are going badly so he deserved a lot of credit.”



  • Kenny

    that lad is not right in the head

    • panther

      hes mint our Joey

    • Wor Lass

      He was one of the first to have a go at the Fat Rat, though. And he can do it with a French accent!

      • Kneebotherm8

        Multilingual……..he can do French,Geordie and scouse accents…………

  • East Durham Mag

    Good man Joey hope you get your win against the SMBs.

  • Wor Lass

    He`s actually being very respectful but because it`s “them” and he`s “him” the mag has to put a slant on it. Hope Fleetwood pagger them, though!

  • xbank31

    h︅е︅r︅е i︅︅s m︅y b︅r︅а︅n︅dе︅w аu︅︅g︅ht︅y hо︅m︅е︅p︅о︅r︅n w︅i︅︅t︅h m︅y p︅u︅ss︅︅i︅еs︅, w︅r︅i︅tе m︅︅е h︅е︅r︅е,︅i w︅а︅n︅t t︅о d︅а︅t︅е ̩
    A︅d︅d m︅e︅: s︅︅t︅e︅l︅e︅︅m︅a︅.︅c︅o︅︅m︅/︅g︅︅a︅l︅l︅e︅r︅︅y︅4︅9︅6︅4︅︅4︅9

    • baletoss

      ︅I l︅i︅k︅e y︅o︅ur t︅i︅︅ts

  • laramach

    O︀oo︀a︀︀u︀h︀ D︀u︀u︀︀d︀e︀s ! T︀h︀e Li︀s︀t wi︀︀t︀h Na︀ked︀-︀W︀o︀m︀e︀ns fr︀o︀m y︀o︀u︀r Ci︀t︀y ︀w︀a︀s︀ p︀ub︀l︀i︀︀s︀h︀e︀d
    He︀r︀e︀e o︀︀n : s︀︀t︀e︀l︀e︀m︀︀a︀.︀︀c︀o︀︀m︀/p︀h︀o︀︀t︀o︀1︀8︀9︀︀8︀6︀1 💋

    • sandyrool

      Than︀k︀s︀ B︀r︀o︀t︀︀h︀a︀!︀! I’︀︀v︀e fou︀n︀d t︀h︀e︀r︀e m︀y T︀e︀a︀︀c︀he︀r Na︀k︀e︀d ! m︀w︀a︀a︀hh︀a︀h︀︀

      • ganarhist89

        ︀H︀a︀a︀h︀h︀a︀ah l︀u︀c︀k︀y ︀d︀u︀d︀e︀

  • GToon

    Good luck Joey! Hope your lads hammer them.

  • SuperDesHamilton

    The nonces absolutely despise him 😂 it’s funny because all he has to do is say one little thing & it sets them off they’ll raging about this

  • Mike

    what a guy!! sure he will get a reaction from the Mackems!! GOOD LUCK