UK time is: 16:25:52
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

I would say he deserves a second chance, but how many does he need?
Boxer
 

Have Your Say

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

Recent Newcastle United Articles

'Run Geordie Run' Around The World (Wednesday October 22 2014)

Sir Bobby Auction Update (Tuesday October 21 2014)

Are We For Real? (Tuesday October 21 2014)

Not Long For de Jong (Monday October 20 2014)

Aside From The PR (Sunday October 19 2014)

Ashley And The Modern Day Monopoly (Sunday October 19 2014)

Probable NUFC Line Up (Friday October 17 2014)

Reality Ahead of PR (Friday October 17 2014)

Sir Bobby Auction Update (Thursday October 16 2014)

Archived Newcastle United Articles

List All TOTT Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. BLACKBOB 27 179
2. Toon_NoMatterWot 118
3. thecorner 108
4. PieMag 102
5. Wilco 91
6. OldLeazes 83
7. officemonkey 75
8. Pellet 67
9. McCreery 50
10. billybobcat 40

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
14. WBA 8 2 3 3 -1 9
15. Leicester City 8 2 3 3 -2 9
16. Crystal Palace 8 2 2 4 -3 8
17. Sunderland 8 1 5 2 -7 8
18. Newcastle 8 1 4 3 -6 7
19. Burnley 8 0 4 4 -9 4
20. Q.P.R. 8 1 1 6 -12 4

Breaking League News

Valdes Talk!
Man Utd : 24/10/2014 16:19:00
Sir Alex - The Film
Man Utd : 24/10/2014 16:13:00
Burnley Keepers on the Move!
Burnley : 24/10/2014 16:00:00
QPR Injury Update
Aston Villa : 24/10/2014 15:39:00
Just the Ticket-Stoke City at the Britannia!
Burnley : 24/10/2014 15:08:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Where do you think NUFC will finish this season?
Suggested By:  Talk of the Tyne
Top 4%
Top 4 3%
Europa league places 16%
Mid table 47%
Relegated 30%