Would you have Joey Barton back?

Would you have me back ?
Would you have me back ?
Over the course of the last few seasons one thing has stood out to me when looking at our squad – a lack of leaders. We have not had a genuine leader since, well…Joey Barton. Back then we had Kevin Nolan too.

Teams need individuals in the dressing room that are not afraid to say it as it is. Ruffle feathers and all out the mercenaries. It’s been a common theme for a while now, our fans have pretty much been united in demanding one simple thing from our players; effort.

When your team is made up largely of foreign nationals, they will have no particular loyalty to your club. They are after 2 things; more money or trophies. Where is the incentive to work their balls off for the club badge? This is where strong leadership comes in. Your Roy Keane’s, Joey Barton’s and Steven Gerrard’s will not stand idly by and allow their teammates to take the mickey out of the fans and team.

Joey is 32 now, but can still do a job in the Premier League and he has often spoken bout his admiration for our fans – even if he rightly does not like the board. Colloccini is a good player, but lets not kid ourselves. He does not love Newcastle United and does not take his teammates by the scruff on the neck when they are not performing on the pitch. Cabaye was a previous Captain of our club. Good player, but not a Captain. There is nobody in our squad that fits the leadership profile and in my opinion that is one of the biggest reasons for the club constantly underperforming.

Joey is available on a free this summer and considering what he will bring to the dressing room, even at this stage of his career – he has to be a safe investment. Granted QPR have not shown too much passion this year – but the club is infested with mercenaries and players well past their sell-by-date. Even Joey can’t be expected to work his magic with that lot..

Even if Joey was simply a squad player, he would still be letting rip in the dressing room and creating a strong work ethic and the team bond that always results from everybody pulling in the same direction and working their socks off for eachother. I reckon he’d jump at the chance to sign on with again at this stage of his career and I think the dressing room would benefit massively from it, even if he is a controversial figure with a chequered history. At least he has passion – something our fans are crying out for. What do you reckon?

By Shamrock.

About Shamrock

Like everyone here, support Newcastle United. Not the easiest side to feel good about at times, but it's our side!

413 thoughts on “Would you have Joey Barton back?

  1. It’s very sad to hear of your loss Kimtoon mate. Memories of the good times will help but it’s something we all have or will experience. It’s a good thing your Dad has a strong woman for a daughter to help him with his loss.

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  2. G2 @ 372
    So many candidates for that award , too difficult to pick a winner.
    Probably because the owner knows nothing about football and only employs losers. .

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  3. Yes it will be a tight hard fought competition to take home the coveted Plastic Turd as BKCEBNU award winner. I have a personal favourite but it would be unfair to say who.

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  4. Thank you guys, appreciate it. I see Dad every day, and he has carers in to him 5 times a day which helps.

    Was it wise top cancel the end of season do, before we’re safe? How will that effect morale ?

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  5. Kim sorry to hear about your loss 😕 my thoughts go out to you and the Family, I know you will but look after your Dad as he probably feels like he’s lost his whole world at the min, but remember to look after yourself.

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  6. Dave, Cheers mate, Hazel and my big Bro will look out for me, but I’m better off doing my normal things and organising stuff tbh, if I sit and dwell it will do for me.

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  7. Kim yeah I think your better trying to keep things as normal as possible and keeping busy. And just think of the good times and good things

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  8. Kim – Can I add my condolences and best wishes to you.
    Keep your chin up my friend and be strong thru this difficult time.
    Regards

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  9. More total shyte from Carver (from The Chronic):

    “The Leicester game brought it to a head,” said the interim coach, who astonishingly accused Mike Williamson of deliberately getting himself sent off, the first of two visiting players dismissed that afternoon. “I have not seen that in all the games over 90 minutes, it was the worst 90 I have seen. I had seen glimpses, a first half or a second half, but not for a complete game.

    “I wish Leicester had happened a bit earlier. That would have given us more time. It has happened and we deal with it and we have to get on with it.”

    Tyhe man is a pickled walnut wit hair CLOWN. LLLLLLLLD. I hope i can add a W to that today.

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  10. You sort of get what he is saying except it is total shyte. Lines of excuses for why he had lost 8 games in a row. The players must just switch off when this madman talks.

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  11. “Well, when we were doon 2 nowt to Leicester I decided to bring Seim on like. He had a thigh like, but we decided that we could risk it and not see him for another month like. I was right ya knaa, we will not see him for another month, but I am honest about it, I speak me mind me like and tell it like it is.”

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  12. Yeah, I made up that quote @390. This is a real quote from Carvs though about how shyte we were against Leicester:

    “I have not seen that in all the games over 90 minutes, it was the worst 90 I have seen. I had seen glimpses, a first half or a second half, but not for a complete game.”

    Not that he could have had any influence on it like. Him only being Manager. Not a caretaker or interim as he tells us all the ****ing time. I know I repeated the quote but it needs it so every fan of NUFC can see what an idiot Ugly John is.

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  13. And nobody has ever said I am wrong about anything I have said. Stuart and Bris V have made snide remarks but never really question what I say. You can discount what the Troyboy says. That is just him being La Troysterinojolie.

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  14. Was thinking this morning while out with the dogs. What actual benefit do NUFC supporters get from NUFC being a PL club? From where I sit only Ashley really benefits.

    Im tired of us not wanting to compete. I’m tired of us not wanting to attempt to win a trophy. I’m tired if watching players only come to NUFC because it could lead to bigger and better things. I’m tired of watching piss port football. I’m tired of seeing us sell our better players. I’m tired of us being a trading company who plays football in their spare time and finally I am tired of just existing to exist.

    Because of all that. I’m completely relaxed about today’s game.

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  15. Dead right Stuart – still doesn’t help today for me. I’ll accept relegation but I don’t actually want it. It’s highly likely we’re safe already. Leicester have already pulled off the great escape. Can’t ever remember two teams doing it. Hull down for me (despite us being by far the worst team in it).

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  16. DAVE ime pinning my hopes on you mate your not often wrong in your forecasts,cannot pin my hopes on this shower that’s for sure

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  17. Thankyou all for the kind words, it means so much.

    I see most pundits predicting a draw for us and Hull too 🙄

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  18. Very sorry for your loss Kim. I understand the mixed feelings of both terrible loss as well as relief of seeing a loved one that was suffering at the end shuffle off this mortal coil.

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  19. So the whole of the football world, press, TV, pundits, fans, Shearer thought that Ugly John was being serious when he said he was the bestest manager in the premier league?Then he (honestly, copyright MM) comes out and says it was “tongue in cheek” and that he is disappointed that people that know him didn’t see it that way. They didn’t see it that way because you are lying Ugly John. It was not a joke

    Don’t take up a career in comedy. Oh, you have, you say, it is just masquerading as football mis-management for now.

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  20. I suppose we could do with a hat trick like Mane’s today. That would calm a few nerves for some.

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  21. Fake football manager Ugly John Carver announced today that black was white. He says he has total confidence in this theory because he has managed a team in these colours. We should all from now on not listen to a word he says because it is impossible to tell if anything he says is tongue in cheek, ever. Even people that know him don’t know when he is making a joke or saying something “tongue in cheek” so how can us innocent bystanders to his streams of verbal shyte know?

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  22. Kim – sorry to hear about your mum. I know what you mean about your dad though, similar thing happened with my gdad when my gran passed. She literally did everything, so when she went he just couldn’t function – that was really hard see & whenever wed visit all he talked about was how much he missed her. On a positive note though they had a great life together.

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  23. Eric – it’s good that you’ve taken it with a pinch of salt and haven’t let it get under your skin at all though 😆

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  24. Saints 5-0 up against Villa now 😯 and it could have been more!!
    This is helping our goal difference out no end 😆

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