Vital Football

Latest Newcastle United News

Barton sorry? Heard it all before

Barton sorry? Heard it all before

It`s that time of the season whereby Joey Barton, fresh from being rules out until roughly February with another foot injury, sits out another string of games on £70k a week and looks back on the various misdemeanours he`s been involved in and says sorry and how much he`s changed. His latest effort went something like this:

'I'm in a better place now. Even though I've got a cast on my leg and I'm on crutches because I'm injured once again. If I'm honest, my career has gone backwards over the last two years and, of course, some of it is my own doing. The first year at Newcastle I broke my foot, got arrested and had the court case hanging over me for the rest of the season.

I came out of jail in time for the start of the season and then got a ban from the FA. Then I broke my other foot, came back and tore knee ligaments, came back and injured my foot, got sent off and missed the end of the season and the club got relegated. Now I'm injured again and you think 'what have I done to deserve this' but my whole philosophy is it all happens for a reason.

Someone somewhere is thinking 'let's push him and challenge him a bit more' and it gets you down. There's nothing worse for me as a footballer than being injured as it takes away your passion in life but I've just got to get on with it. There are a lot of people a lot worse off than me and that puts it in perspective.

There's no such thing as good and bad decisions - just the consequences of the choices you make. I've had to deal with those consequences and one of those was that I decided to lead my life in a different way and for me that meant abstaining from drinking. I'm not an egomaniac but everyone has a side where you think you're the most important person in the world. Then reality kicks in and you realise you're far from it.'

Is that the sound of the world`s smallest violin playing? We`ve heard it after Dabo, after McDonald`s and after Shearer. What makes him think anyone will believe him a fourth time?



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

Writer:Ross Molyneux
Date:Saturday October 10 2009
Time: 11:07PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Newcastle United Articles

The Future Has To Be Rafa.

It is worth people remembering how far we have come under Rafa Benitez.

Mitrovic Looking To Repay Newcastle

Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has revealed he had the opportunity to leave Newcastle United over the summer following our relegation...

TV Figures So Far In 2016/17

With reports back in October suggesting that Premier League viewing figures were down...

Officials - Newcastle v Bristol City (25/2/17)

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game between Newcastle United and Bristol City this Saturday.

Archived TOTT Articles

TOTT articles from

Site Journalists

TNMW
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Aston Villa MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Darlow3%
Yedlin30%
Lascelles16%
Clark6%
Dummett0%
Ritchie10%
Shelvey6%
Colback6%
Gouffran0%
Diame0%
Gayle0%
Sub - Mitrovic23%
Sub - Atsu0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 32 22 3 7 69 37
2 Brighton 32 20 8 4 68 28
3 Huddersfield 32 20 4 8 64 8
4 Reading 33 18 6 9 60 5
5 Leeds Utd 33 18 4 11 58 11
6 Sheff Wed 33 17 7 9 58 10
7 Fulham 32 14 10 8 52 17
8 Norwich 33 15 6 12 51 11
9 Barnsley 33 14 7 12 49 4
10 Preston 33 13 10 10 49 4
11 Derby County 32 13 9 10 48 7
12 Cardiff 33 13 6 14 45 -2
13 Ipswich 33 10 11 12 41 -7
14 Brentford 32 11 7 14 40 0
15 Q.P.R. 33 11 7 15 40 -10
16 Birmingham 33 10 10 13 40 -14
17 Aston Villa 32 8 12 12 36 -8
18 Forest 33 10 6 17 36 -12
19 Wolves 31 9 8 14 35 -4
20 Burton 33 9 8 16 35 -13
21 Bristol City 32 9 5 18 32 -6
22 Wigan 33 7 9 17 30 -10
23 Blackburn 31 7 8 16 29 -13
24 Rotherham 33 4 5 24 17 -43
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Newcastle United Results (view all)

Newcastle United Fixtures (view all)

Feb 25 2017 3:00PM : Bristol City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 28 2017 7:45PM : Brighton & Hove Albion (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 4 2017 5:30PM : Huddersfield Town (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 7 2017 8:00PM : Reading (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 11 2017 3:00PM : Fulham (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 18 2017 3:00PM : Birmingham City (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Toon_NoMatterWot130
2.CuckFan111
3.PieMag77
4.Mcnamee6744
5.keggy_keagal36
6.billybobcat21
7.officemonkey19
8.Finn_the_Dog19
9.daftladguy16
10.McCreery16
Vital Football Comment