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Bartongate Revisited

Manchester City FC has often been pilloried down the years for wasting money, but the sale of Joey 'Zidane' Barton to Newcastle looks like a masterstroke.

A good degree of credit has to go to Stuart Pearce for Barton's departure from City. Pearce repeatedly gave him the opportunity to redeem himself after each discretion until the alledged battering of Ousmane Dabo finally precipitated his big money move out of the club. Enough was enough.

Barton's commitment shone for so many of us in a very poor and pedestrian City side. But allied to the bad publicity he created for the club off field, including his ill advised transfer request, self fixated interviews and slagging off of established England players, his useless domination of all City's deadball situations showed him up as an increasingly ordinary player.

That the clearly out of his depth Fat Sam and the currently hapless Barcodes stumped up 5.8 million quid for him has to be the MCFC Sale Of The Century. Barton has turned out 8 times for Newcastle and netted one penalty.

In truth, it is a very sad story. I understand that when City arrive on Tyneside next week, Barton will be behind bars having been remanded in custody.

I see him as a player who could have improved his game had he been prepared to learn, but unfortunately his deluded interviews gave the impression that he knew everything already. I doubt he will ever play for England again and his Newcastle future must now be uncertain.




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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday December 28 2007

Time: 1:08PM

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Once a scrote? Hope the magistrates continue to make an example of this waste of talent. Happy New Year Joey.
ronin
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28/12/2007 17:04:00

Talk about going off the rails. I see his agent is unavailable for comment...
Johnny Baguette
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28/12/2007 17:09:00

self-destructing
Craig Cain
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28/12/2007 19:00:00

this is sad because i thought he had change but i will like to know the whole story before i make any judgement. whoever wrote this article i do not thing you need use zidane's name i do not get the point.
kaybee
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28/12/2007 22:56:00

Well, kaybee. It's because Joey rates himself extremely highly. The nickname 'zidane' as I understand it, originated around the English national side when he was selected and took the decision to slag all the established internationals off, proclaiming how great he was in the process. He then went on to publicly take credit for laying the foundations of Manchester City's revival. The sue of 'zidane' is purely sarcastic.
Johnny Baguette
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29/12/2007 08:25:00

kaybee....Don't forget Barton has a habit of assaulting players...mind you he could take some lessons from Zidane on that score.
alphieblues
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29/12/2007 09:36:00

 

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