Writer: Andy Leggott
Date:Thursday April 26 2007
Joey Barton will not face disciplinary action after Saturday`s outburst that questioned the commitment and ambition of many at the club.
Speaking at today`s press conference, Pearce was guarded in his response to what Barton had to say.
'You will have to ask Joey about his emotions and the words he used. He had plenty to say for himself after the game so he is probably the best one to talk to,'
'Let us hope what he had to say came from a care for the club.'
'He doesn't face internal discipline but I will speak to him in respect of my thoughts about what he said. The reason I cannot go into detail in respect of what Joey said is that there is so much of it I would be here all day!'
The fact remains that whatever your opinion of Barton, and whether or not he was correct to air his dirty linen in public, he was spot on with most of his comments.
Not many would want to 'pay` to see Manchester City at the moment (a fact displayed by the 10,000 drop in attendances) and that is mainly down to the poor style of play displayed by Pearce`s men this season.
The players Pearce has brought in have been substandard, as far as this club is concerned, and those that say that is because he hasn`t been given the funds to play with simply cement the belief that the club lacks ambition.
Rest assured that if Barton is saying what he is then there must be a degree of discontent within the club and he is simply the spokesman for airing dressing room opinion. Barton`s comments follow those of Richard Dunne who also criticised the manager`s buys.
We as supporters are perfectly entitled to air our opinions, the players are expected not to. However it must be ultimately frustrating to be part of something that just isn`t working and that is why I believe Joey spoke out as he did.
Top marks to Stuart Pearce for not responding with knee jerk disciplinary action. I do feel however that he is aware that Barton`s remarks are a little too close to the truth for comfort.
First the supporters, now the players and predatory buyers: All is far from comfortable for the manager and board at the moment.
Date:Thursday April 26 2007
Proving Your Point (Tuesday July 29 2014)
Jovetic Takes Chance To Impress (Monday July 28 2014)
The Pre-Season Ped Report City 5-1 AC Milan (Sunday July 27 2014)
City Not Feeling Charitable (Sunday July 27 2014)
City Win Meeting Of Champions (Thursday July 24 2014)
Negredo Undergoes Surgery (Wednesday July 23 2014)
U21 Game Cancelled - Club Statement (Wednesday July 23 2014)
Negredo Replacement Targeted (Wednesday July 23 2014)
Youngster Exits And Youngsters Exit! (Wednesday July 23 2014)
Negredo Busts His Metatarsal (Monday July 21 2014)
|7. Hull City||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|8. Leicester City||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|10. Man City||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|11. Man Utd||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|AS Trencin v Hull: Team News
» Hull City : 31/07/2014 10:23:00
|Is Jose Telling the Truth?
» Chelsea : 31/07/2014 10:22:00
|Costa Continues to Impress
» Chelsea : 31/07/2014 10:16:00
|Chelsea Loan Update
» Chelsea : 31/07/2014 10:03:00
|Vitesse Arnhem 1 Chelsea 3
» Chelsea : 31/07/2014 09:54:00