As well all know, the fans play an important role as far as Newcastle United is concerned. Take the decision to appoint Kevin Keegan as manager last January for example, if that wasn’t a move to appease the Gallowgate faithful, what was it?
Now, the Magpies supporters are protesting against the club’s decision to give Joey Barton another chance, after the midfielder was released early from prison. Quite understandably, the folk on Tyneside are outraged that the midfielder has a reprieve and will continue to earn £65,000 a week, continuing as normal. The Daily Mirror report that Barton should expect a mixed reaction next term – until he scores a 90th minute winner!
Independent fans’ chief Frank Gilmour said “In any other job Barton’s shameful actions would have meant instant dismissal.
“I’ve seen the assault on CCTV and can’t believe Newcastle are planning talks with him. He should be sacked on the spot.”
Barton’s attack in Liverpool came while he was on bail for an assault on then Man City teammate Ousmane Dabo that left his victim unconscious.
Frank added: “As a union man, I represent employees at tribunals and if an ordinary worker did what Barton did on two occasions, I’d be unable to defend him.”
Derek Wake, a season ticket holder for 25 years, said: “They should tear up his contract. He should not be allowed to be a part of a great club like ours.”
Another fan, Nick Dryden, wrote on an internet forum: “It’s an open secret that players have refused to join the club because of Barton.
“We are a national disgrace if we don’t kick him out right now.”
Strong words from the supporters, who simply can’t come to terms with how a footballer with the world at his feet can instead find a man at his feet, having knocked him to the ground. Not that the club seem willing to listen to the fans on this occasion, with this decision to keep hold of him based on business not morals.