Barton up before the beak
Unsurprisingly the Joey Barton assault case we`ve been dreading has made waves this week with the case adjourned and the player due up again next month. He was bailed and is due to appear at Manchester Crown Court on 22 November. Whether it`ll have a Bowyer or Woodgate effect on his play remains to be seen but it remains a constant distraction that we just don`t need. Nothing has been mooted in terms of what he might get if found guilty.