You know things are bad when you are hoping an ex-convict with a nasty violent streak and a drink problem is going to save your team. But that is exactly the situation Newcastle United find themselves in as Joe Kinnear puts his faith in another Joe.
The caretaker boss thinks Barton is exactly what the Magpies need at the moment. He said “We need somebody to be ranting and screaming information. We don’t have that at the moment. I imagine when Joey Barton comes back that might change. He’s a chirpy lad with things to say and he might improve things on the communication front. We certainly need people who are going to express themselves and sort things out, because you can’t always do it from the touchline.”
Well there is one person in the dressing room at the moment who have proven aptitude for ranting and screaming. Step forward, Joe Kinnear.