Pardew backs Barton, but warns him to be careful.

Alan Pardew.

Alan Pardew.
Pardew's words on Barton.
Joey Barton has been rather vocal in recent days although most of what he has been saying has been fair enough, if you look at it in an unbiased way.

However some of it has just been a bit uncalled for if I’m being honest. Dragging up his attack on Ousmane Dabo and calling him a ‘pussy’ was perhaps a bit uncalled for, as was singling out Gareth Barry for criticism. Fair enough, he is probably right, but you can’t go around moaning about being singled out, like he has been, only to go around and single other people out. It’s called double-standards.

That’s just my view though. Joey is an outspoken person, which is a good thing, but there comes a point where you just need to learn to put the brakes on to stop your mouth running away. When stuff gets personal then you step over the line and make yourself a target for people to have a go back.

Mind you, Joey does feel hard done by and feels that the interview has come across in the wrong way according to Alan Pardew, who despite having reservations about what Joey has said insists that he wouldn’t change him and his penchant for airing his views. Lets face it, Pardew and Barton love to talk so it was only natural that Pardew would back Barton.

“Joey may have thrown too many soundbites and perhaps he hasn’t done himself too many favours with that interview,” Pardew told The Guardian. “He is a little bit disappointed and feels he’s been badly reflected but that’s Joey. I said: ‘Well OK, Joey, perhaps you shouldn’t have done it.’ That is how he is but sometimes players and managers cannot say what they think because it will cause a massive, massive problem.”

Pardew then revealed that Barton is as vocal on the training pitch as he has been in the magazines in recent days and often gives his view on many things. Pardew continued:

“Joey expresses exactly what he thinks at the training ground and in team meetings. He will say: ‘I don’t agree with that.’ It’s good information for me and I will listen and I will weigh up whether he is right or wrong.”

“I don’t agree with all of his opinions, on or off the training ground, but I recognise he does have a genuine opinion. We all have our own opinions about the England team because we love our country to win football matches but Joey’s opinion is his opinion, mine is mine and if either opinion harms someone then what’s the point of making it?”

I think this whole thing has gone far enough and is risking detracting from the fact that Barton has turned his life around. Yes I think he has overstepped the mark with some of his comments, but it shouldn’t make people look past his performances on the football field so far this season.

Barton is already a target in the eyes of some, but he was starting to defy the critics by letting his feet do the talking. Ironically it’s the fact that it’s his actual talking that could attract the critics once again.

Still, I’m sure it won’t affect his performance on Sunday!

17 thoughts on “Pardew backs Barton, but warns him to be careful.

  1. Looking forward to seeing Barton link up with Raylor. Although I wonder who’s going to take the free kicks. Raylor has a good reputation for those sorts of things.

    Almost as good as Routledge that Raylor, imo.


  2. True, but trying to work out which one is better out of Raylor and Routledge is like asking which is the better testicle 🙂


  3. I saw Steve Bruce twenty mins ago doing 140 MPH the wrong way up a one way street with a can of beer in his hand smoking a spliff and beeping his horn.

    That fecker will do owt for three points 😉


  4. Christ dunno what im doing up this early for a Saturday.

    Anyways I agree this has went over the top now, we need to forget about it. I’m glad Pardew didn’t make a big deal of it with it being Barton it would probably cause some problems – the media would have made a huge deal of it too.


  5. At a time when Rooney is being rightly panned for being the rshole that he is, Barton should have kept his trap firmly shut, there is no need to air his inner feelings in public, he was going in the right direction on and off the pitch and this outburst does him no good at all.
    The press have plenty of ammunition as it is, i am amazed that the club doesnt give them some sort of media handling advice, however i believe the interview as reported in a French Newspaper and the quotes have yet to be confirmed by Barton himself.
    Not nice reading at all.


  6. Barry comments were fair enough but can’t understand why he brought up the dabo stuff.
    well it’s done now, let’s have a big performance on Sunday


  7. I am really looking forward to finally see NUFC on television again here in Bulgaria,especially to enjoy our Magpies making Villa tremble.What goes around definitely comes around.I hope some of our supporters going to Birmingham will write the Villa feckers a big message,something like:WELCOME TO THE RELEGATION BATTLE.HOW DOES IT FEEL?


  8. I like Bartons no nonsense approach.
    I used to Bellamy getting in the faces of the opposition and drive his team on.
    However if you’re a player with angst then you have to have great ability for the fans to remain on your side.
    It’s a fine line, cos if you arent producing but being an upstart the fans and team mates despise you.
    Keep playing well Joey and I will back you within reason.


  9. @britshgas
    You clearly don’t know anything about football if you think Raylor is better than Routers!
    Routers is nee world beater but I put Raylor as probably our worst 1st team squad player .


  10. I don’t see why Raylor gets so much stick, he’s a useful squad player that can do a job. Everyone knows he isnt a world beater but he’s got a decent cross and set piece.


  11. who’s raylor? did we bring him in during the jan transfer window.

    i thought we only got – old man river & that lunatic from ireland.


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