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Vital Manchester City regular, butty1 sent us the following article.

As City completed a fairly comfortable win against a beleaguered Newcastle United yesterday, my thoughts were drawn sympathetically towards an ex-City player, Joey Barton.

That may surprise some, but I think we can all recall in the past when a lacklustre City performance needed a bailout via a solid Barton performance. His attitude to life off the pitch was to put it nicely, unorthodox, he needed guidance and by the looks of things he either didn't want any, or listened to the wrong people i.e. his agent Willie McKay.

But he always gave a 110% for the City cause, we needed him most during Stuart Pearce's dire tenure when we looked set for the drop, and the team looked constantly to him for a get out of jail card. Ok he did miss the end of that season after his infamous spat with Dabo. However, by then we had signed Emile Mpenza and Michael Ball, players who undoubtedly help us escape the drop.

The point is really, now that a large amount of water has passed under the bridge since his departure, maybe it is time now to not think about a city academy graduate with malice but hope that he does not destroy a career that started out with so much promise.

I'm not trying to glorify Barton, but merely attempting to point out that he did have his fine moments for City, like the 2003/4 season which saw him named young player of the year.

There are times even this season where I feel Barton's tirelessness in midfield has been missed, though this has been more than addressed now with the signing of De Jong.

Another new signing, Craig Bellamy didn't exactly get the warmest welcome either prior to yesterday's game (when he got a good reception at the match and better one after it, deservedly as well). I must be honest when we were linked with him in the summer I wasn't exactly thrilled by the news, but now he's here I am starting to look at his move less dispassionately.

He definitely bore the brunt of 'Kaka-gate' along with his slightly inflated transfer fee (which he has already begun to pay back), it left all the papers in hysterics that we set out to get Kaka and get Bellamy instead.

Bellamy's past, like Barton's is littered with rumours of clashes with managers and teammates. Nevertheless, if there was one manager who got the best out of him in his nomadic career it was Mark Hughes. Bellamy was that good in his season at Blackburn it prompted Liverpool to sign him, giving him a taste of Champions League football, where I seem to remember him scoring away at Barcelona.

I think now more than ever Bellamy wants to settle down, that might sound na´ve, but at 29 this is probably his last chance of success with a club of City's size. Consequently, I think we may just see the best of him whilst he is here. He certainly looked hungry enough for the challenge yesterday.

Therefore, I think we should forget Bellamy's mistakes in the past or at least leave them to one side for the time being, and focus and what could be a successful stint at our club for him. Along with finally laying the ghost of Joey Barton's acrimonious exit to rest.

Many thanks go to butty1.



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Writer: butty1 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 29 2009

Time: 2:00PM

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Bang on the money butty1. Barton's story is a great tragedy all told and as he trudged off yesterday to learn that he will be out injured for another 10 weeks, he'll have known that his future will be in doubt as Newcastle begin to lurch into freefall both on and off the pitch. As for Bellamy, I'm one of his fiercest critics for past events but even prior to his buzzing performance last night I was warming to him for his self deprocating humour and honesty at the Carrington press conference.
Johnny Baguette
I am sorry I don't agree Barton brought this clubs reputation ino disrepute on more than one occasion, he was given several opportuinties to address that and the club bent over backwards so much that, it must have been written into his contract that he took all corners and free kicks in cluding penaties and any throw ins over the halfway line. Not enough water can go under the bridge for me. Mckay his agent was constantly trying to get a move for him, to a bigger club.He gets his England chance with this club and fluffs it and pretends to be Mr Big. The attack on Dabo was criminal.I was so glad when he left the club, the only thing I am sorry for is the booing of Barton, not called for by City fans. Bellamy JB and I have discussed his imminent arrival many times and my settiments are the same as the honourary frenchman.
Buzz Lightyear
A fairly decent player but hugely flawed human being. His manifold assaults on team mates and members of the public indicate someone who has deep problems, and I am delighted to no longer have him at our club. I might have held a small bit of sympathy for Barton if he had not attempted to claim credit for singlehandedly keeping us in the premiership and being resposible for the Thai takeover! Joey Barton? The best place for this disgrace to football would be the cell next door to his brother.
fifthcolumnblue
Don't get me wrong re Barton. I was thinking tragedy wise of the young kid that broke through. Not the animal he's become. Now he's in real danger of becoming something of a nobody and a far cry from the superstar he thought he was when he got his England cap and slagged established players off. Tragic as well as pathetic.
Johnny Baguette
A classic case JB of a man having too much money and thinking he is someone special. The England example says it all for me.
Buzz Lightyear
Sorry but I have no sympathy for Barton ..at all....!!!....he got so many "chances" to sort himself out....and actually got worse.....I am of the opinion....he made his bed....!!
lincolnblue
Have to agree with Buzz the man is a thug.
Doody
 

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