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Have Toon fans accepted Joey Barton?

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Newcastle United boss Kevin Keegan has been very complimentary of midfielder Joey Barton in recent weeks, and it seems as though the controversial Scouser is finally settling down to life on Tyneside.

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There has never been a doubt over his footballing ability, but inevitably with the number of negative headlines surrounding him the football becomes a bit secondary.

A couple of seasons ago he was considered good enough for England and was a Fantasy Football must - assists, goals and strong performances for his club.

Keegan does seem to be a good influence on Barton and appears to have Barton's respect.

Pundits seem to feel that Barton is playing to his potential again - What do you the fans think?

Can you accept Barton?

Your thoughts are most appreciated...

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posted Apr 7, 2008

I very begrudgingly accepted Barton as a Newcastle player, given the amount of baggage he brought. He played pretty awful under Allardyce, although this can be said about the whole team, and when he was arrested in Liverpool it seemed the end of all things Joey Barton.

However, since Keegan rejoined the club each player has rediscovered themselves and Barton has improved beyond belief. It's like the dark cloud of Allardyce is finally beginning to lift. As long as he plays good football and stays out of the papers he'll definitely be accepted and I think that might be happening now.

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posted Apr 7, 2008

Oh dear, Celticwhite. Obviously, simple numeracy is not one of your strong points.

Major trophies won : SAFC 8, MCFC 9, NUFC 11.

Get your facts straight, before showing your ignorance.

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posted Apr 8, 2008

After seeing him play against arsenal at St. James' earlier this season I was amazed at how a player with a reputation for being "hard" and strong in the tackle could bottle so many 50-50 challenges. Apart from this so-called ability I really don't see much else in his armoury.

I hope he comes good - no-one likes to see their club waste money - but I won't be holding my breath.

Celticwhite - FA Cups, League Titles and the Fairs Cup seem to me to be a history of success, albeit a long time ago. Neither club has a great recent history of winning things, unless you count being relegated so you can acheive success through promotions...

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posted Apr 8, 2008

Let me educate you celticwhite. Irrespective of how you judge a bit club, the only way to judge the size of a club is by it's turnover:

1 Real Madrid 236.2
2 Manchester United 212.1
3 FC Barcelona 195.3
4 Chelsea 190.5
5 Arsenal 177.6
6 AC Milan 153.0
7 Bayern Munich 150.0
8 Liverpool 133.9
9 Internazionale 131.1
10 AS Roma 106.1
11 Tottenham Hotspur 103.1
12 Juventus 97.7
13 Olympique Lyonna 94.6
14 Newcastle United 87.1
15 Hamburg SV 81.0
16 Schalke 04 76.9
17 Celtic 75.2
18 Valencia 72.4
19 Olympique de Marseille 66.6
20 Werder Bremen 65.5

I don't see Man City on the list, but then the list is only the massive clubs of the world......

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posted Apr 8, 2008

I love this debate on who is a big club and what difines it, I seem to remember Chelsea pre MR I will invest millions and buy the premiership title. Dont remeber them being a big club previously. Its interseting that only 2 of the top 5 are actually solvent and not relying on cash injections.
Personally i dont care, I love NUFC and how they perform and one day will put us out of our misery and win something.Its nice to see other clubs feeling threatened.
On Joey Barton disppointing so far, if we want to challange higher up the league we need better.

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posted Apr 8, 2008

Joey Barton is a liability first, a footballer second.

Newcastle & Man City are both big clubs, but neither is truly massive.

Anyone can dream...

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posted Apr 8, 2008

Barton has been disappointing on the field and an utter disgrace off it. Only seems intent on keeping his big reputation off the football field.
I for one NUFC fan hopes he gets the prison sentence he deserves, then maybe we can get rid.
Seems overpaid over rated footballers can get away with things that us mear mortals would be sacked on the spot for.

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comment by PieMag (U11221472)

posted Apr 8, 2008

I posted a fee weeks ago that J B owes KK big time for the faith he has shown in him at two clubs.
In the last few games he has begun to repay. This needs to continue. Newcastle fans will supprt him if he shows guts and determination to succeed. We supported Bellamy Dyer Woodgate Bowyer etc. One of them at least has managed to recover his career even though he didn't look 2 good when we beat the Spuds last week.
KK is a natural at inspiring and motivating players. The turnround in many players is now showing fruit.
Even Geremi is taking half decent free kicks and creating a few goals.

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posted Apr 9, 2008

joey barton will come good. celtic will sack strachan and celtic white will have the shits for six months.
and ps im never wrong celtic shite

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posted Apr 9, 2008

jason2blue not trying to say that man city are not a massive club, but Newcastle really is massive, the city lives and breaths football. The stadium and club are icons of passion and commitment. Every Saturday pride oozes out of the turnstiles on to the streets there. With the players we've brought to the club over the years and the players we have now we should be challenging the top four and itís a shame were not.
As for Joey I like him, I think heís had a bad start at the club, but he is starting to put his personal troubles aside and play the game. I have to say that I can kind of see why you would want to get up a punch a lot of those little rich boy footballers. Sorry kids.

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