UK time is: 00:15:58
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Barton pledges payback

Joey Barton has kept a seriously low profile in amongst the trouble he has caused. With rumours of sackings, pay cuts and protests the midfielder has been the persona non grata of the media and the average UK football supporter.

However the Scouser has promised to make amends, starting with the mackem match this weekend. Having completed nearly 80 minutes for the reserves he might just have played his way into contention. With the same fixture seeing the former Man City man kicking Dickson Etuhu in the spuds is it really the bright time? Barton said:

'Kevin, as everybody knows, put his neck on the line for me. He stuck by me, and I am eternally grateful to him for that. A lot of other people at the club stuck by me too, and they know who they are. Hopefully, I can go on and do a job for this football club. Because of my past misdemeanours, it has been tough for me.

The aim is to turn in performances for the fans. I want to do it for everybody connected with the club; players, fans and staff, everybody I have let down in the past. I want to go on to start paying back my transfer fee, which I don't think I did at any stage last year.

I am ready for the Sunderland game. I know it is a derby and I am aware of how passionate the fans are about local derbies. I am more concerned mainly about getting my body right so I can be part of the squad. It is vitally important for me to play well when I come back into this football club.

We have a good group of lads who are playing well at the minute. I am going to have to be playing really well if I am going to force my way into the team.'




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Ross Molyneux Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday October 22 2008

Time: 7:36PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
I would say he deserves a second chance, but how many does he need?
Boxer
Report Abuse
23/10/2008 17:10:00

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Newcastle United Articles

Stats: Newcastle v Man United (Wednesday March 4 2015)

Aarons Explains Lengthy Lay Off (Tuesday March 3 2015)

Permanent Shearer Tribute (Monday March 2 2015)

Aarons To Return In A Fortnight? (Monday March 2 2015)

Crucial Villa Win For Janmaat (Sunday March 1 2015)

Gutierrez Thanks Fans For Support (Sunday March 1 2015)

Archived Newcastle United Articles

List All TOTT Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

1. BLACKBOB 31
2. officemonkey 29
3. OldLeazes 20
4. Finn_the_Dog 17
5. Hugo45Viana 17
6. keggy_keagal 15
7. elgorm 14
8. ukrocks0007 14
9. thecorner 13
10. MickMartin 9

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
8. Stoke 28 12 6 10 -1 42
9. Swansea 28 11 7 10 -4 40
10. West Ham 28 10 9 9 5 39
11. Newcastle 28 9 8 11 -11 35
12. Crystal Palace 28 7 9 12 -8 30
13. WBA 28 7 9 12 -10 30
14. Everton 28 6 10 12 -8 28

Breaking League News

Stoke ease past Everton
» Stoke : 04/03/2015 23:13:00
Sanchez Stalls QPR Progress
» Q.P.R. : 04/03/2015 23:11:00
Report - Spurs 3-2 Swansea City
» Swansea : 04/03/2015 22:52:01
» Stoke : 04/03/2015 22:44:01
» Everton : 04/03/2015 22:00:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Man United MotM
Suggested By:  Site Staff
Krul 0%
Janmaat 0%
Williamson 0%
Coloccini 0%
Taylor 0%
Obertan 0%
Abeid 0%
Sissoko 0%
Ameobi 0%
Riviere 0%
Cissé 0%
Sub:-Pérez 0%
Sub:-Gutiérrez 0%
Sub:-Gouffran 0%