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Barton in the Clear

Barton in the Clear

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.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Andy Leggott
Date:Thursday April 26 2007
Time: 10:39AM


The really serious question is not who will buy the club but who will be put in to MANAGE it...suggestions please...
26/04/2007 11:15:00
I am pretty sure any new investor will have their own ideas. However my opinion remains the same as it has since xmas. Pearce must go. The football offered is awful. His own players are now adding their voice in questioning his purchases, tactics, style etc. Something is wrong and it is not the limited funds that SP has been given to work with. Whilst I accept that change for changes sake rarely works I am also wise enough to know that when you have lost your staff you've had it. That coupled with his obvious lack of an attacking strategy must spell the end. I think whoever buys in will have sounded out one or two with the promise of £20 million or so to spend. Whatever happens that money mustn't be given to SP in order that he fills the team with more of the same.
31 years
26/04/2007 11:31:00
£20 million is peanuts in this day and age, it will take at least £100 million to get to the next level. Either that or a foreign manager who can do a Venger and bring in young unknowns from overseas.
26/04/2007 11:45:00
Must disagree Andy. When Joey Barton's rambling and thoughtless remarks about his fellow players, team, and club are described in the Press as 'refreshingly honest', I wonder whatever happened to the principles of right conduct and team spirit. And haven’t we already had enough at Manchester City this season, of the immature outbursts of candor from Stuart Pearce. Do Joey, Stuart and Richard really believe that to publicly criticize players and team-mates helps the team? Or are they just thinking of themselves in the mistaken belief that sounding off in this way shows what upstanding and honest guys they are? They appear to have no understanding of the resentment they create, and the negative effect they have on morale and team performance. Such behavior does no good whatsoever, so let's have an end to this at Manchester City. Let them remember that when you have nothing good to say about the Club, Board, Management or Players, then say nothing, and save the negatives and dirt for the board and dressing rooms.
Clear Sky
26/04/2007 21:46:00
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