Date: 30th May 2007 at 9:15am
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This morning’s papers are speculating that Big Sam is eyeing Joey Barton as a Nolan-esque anchor in the middle of the park for Newcastle next season. In a move that would doubtless polarise the fans, even more than when Lee Bowyer signed, lets roll off Mr Barton’s Hall of Shame:

1) Now then, now then – stubbing out a cigar in teammate James Tandy’s eye at the clubs’ Xmas bash. Barton was dressed as Sir Jimmy Saville at the time.

2) Far East Furore – Alleged to have assaulted a 15 year old Everton fan whilst on tour in Asia during pre-season.

3) Blue Moon – Bared his arse at Goodison Park following abuse from the Toffee’s fans.

4) Taxxiiiiii – Arrested for assault and criminal damage in a dispute with a taxi driver.

5) Decking Dabo – Suspended by City at the end of last season for attacking Ousmane Dabo during a training session. Fled the country with scumbag agent Willy McKay.

All in all a crap rap sheet. Keep well clear Sam – the boy’s bother.