The Daily Mail reports that Newcastle’s unstable midfielder Joey Barton has been given new bail conditions which will enable him to live and train in Newcastle, instead of being forced to base himself in a rehab center in Hampshire as previously stipulated by the courts.
Newcastle gaffer Kevin Keegan seemed pleased by this development saying:
“Common sense has prevailed. He’s still restricted but he can train with us and play matches. The judge decided this was the right compromise, the right way to handle it. Everything is pretty much the same except that he can play.
“I think we’ll see a new Joey Barton at the end of this.Sometimes people have to go where he has been to realise what they’ve got and what they might not have. I’ve said this to Joey and it’s down to him now.
“I’ve always helped players. I’ve helped Joey before and I told him I would back him 100 per cent. That’s the promise I made to him the first day I came in and that’s what I’m going to do.”
So will King Kev be able to get the best out of Joey Barton?