Guthrie hopes for start while Barton sings Toon fans’ praises

Danny Guthrie hopes to start for Newcastle United against QPR.

Hopeful of a start

Newcastle United midfielder Danny Guthrie hopes for a start on Monday while Joey Barton has nothing but good things to say about Toon fans.

Danny Guthrie apparently had a good run in the reserves’ 4-3 defeat to the mackems this week and hopes he might be in Alan Pardew’s plans for Monday.

Guthrie said: “The main thing was to come through with no injuries or recurrences.

It’s been about two months now and I really want to start kicking on.

It’s been really tough just watching and doing my own mini pre-season next to the lads training.

Hopefully I can now get involved on Monday.

Personally, I think he’ll be lucky to make the bench on Monday but good luck to him anyway.

Meanwhile Joey Barton has nothing but praise for Newcastle fans and said:

The fans were brilliant at Newcastle. In my last couple of seasons there, they’ve supported the football club through thick and thin. I’ll always have a relationship with them.

We had a journey with them – not just me but a number of players in the squad, when the club dropped out of the Premier League. That could have been a difficult and turbulent time in the club’s history but we regrouped as a playing staff and decided we’d dig deep and not only get the club back to the Premier League, but stabilise it quite comfortably last season. What’s gone is gone.

I’m never going to say a bad word about the football club or the fans. I wish them every success.

Thanks Joey but I’m hoping that success begins with a win against your lot on Monday.

QPR brought in Jay Bothroyd, Kieron Dyer, Danny Gabbidon, Bruno Perone, DJ Campbell, Brian Murphy, Luke Young, Armand Traore, Tommaso Trani, Shaun Wright-Phillips and of course Joey Barton during the summer transfer window. That’s 11 players! They seem to be a club with ambition who are well-financed but it’s going to take time for Neil Warnock to get them all playing as a unit and think we’re playing them at the best time (post-transfer window, anyway).

We have the advantage of having had a lot of our new transfers early in the window and Pardew has had the pre-season and 4 games with them, so we should be a little more settled.

I’ll go for a 2-2 draw, which is the prediction I made in our competition.

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22 Responses to “Guthrie hopes for start while Barton sings Toon fans’ praises”

  1. 1
    avatar Tony Toon says:

    So Barton has realised he overstepped the mark, criticising the club. We may not be perfect but we are the best club he will ever play for and the fans who idolised him while he was here will not accept his remarks so easily now.

  2. 2
    avatar supermac says:

    Sorry son, no room for you, you had better move on.

  3. 3
    avatar Indian Magpie says:


    we cannot have 25 worldbeaters in the team. he is a very good squad player.

    Better than likes of Gibson etc.

  4. 4
    avatar lualua says:

    Tony Toon I don’t think Barton’s comments were ever directed to the club itself or the fans rather the Fat one and his crony Lamearse. I don’t see what is wrong with that he is just saying what a lot of Newcastle fans are thinking and I think he does truly care about the Toon fans. I will always give him a good reception when he comes back to the Toon.

  5. 5
    avatar CLiNT FLiCK says:

    Dr. J. Barton gets on the reverse-psychology tip.


    He makes a better window than a door!

  6. 6
    avatar tattyheed says:

    1-0 to us

  7. 7
    avatar Milner says:

    goals, goals, goals – i say 3-2 to NUFC. They’re gonna throw everything at us, but cababye is gonna whip in his first goal, plus a yellow card i reckon, and one for Tiptoe, but another brace for Besty will see us through….

    Really hope Santon enjoys his 1st game for us, but either way, I’d be happy to take a point -away to a London club.

  8. 8
    avatar Milner says:

    what line up do we reckon?


    Subs: Elliot, Raylor, Gutherie, Sammy, Shola, Marv….

    do we have a fit CB, i.e.Kadar available?
    Gosling available?

  9. 9
    avatar Milner says:

    maybe Raylor as the right mid, Obertan on bench or swapped for Ba in the 2nd striker role…..

  10. 10
    avatar supermac says:

    Indian Magpie @3 says:
    Supermac – we cannot have 25 worldbeaters in the team. he is a very good squad player. Better than likes of Gibson etc.

    fair point – but if I was in his position I’d want to play regularly, and he (plus shamioby, lover, perch, raylor etc) would have a much more satisfying & successful career in a solid championship side.

    To be a successful PL team we can’t use the excuse of “squad player” for those who been tried and are not upto scratch. It is bad for the team & the player to keep him – consider Obertan, not upto Manu standards but worth a place at NUFC = realisic standards of player and each club, everyone happy!

  11. 11
    avatar workyticket says:

    Tony Toon says:
    September 8, 2011 at 10:40 am

    “So Barton has realised he overstepped the mark, criticising the club.”

    Tony, I’ve heard and read just about everything he said, written and tweeted in recent times, but I don’t recall him ever criticising the club, the fans, or Alan Pardew for that matter, just Ashley and Llambias.

  12. 12
    avatar CLiNT FLiCK says:

    It’s just the way it gets reported that ‘makes’ it look like Barton has slagged anyone but the ‘top brass’ at the club.
    Usual crap, hey?

  13. 13
    avatar workyticket says:

    Apparently, Caracas in Venezuela is the chepest place in the world to fill up your tank at 2-3 pence a litre!

    Khujand in Tadjikistan is the cheapest place for a pint ATM at 29p!

    Slightly off topic there again. Sorry.

  14. 14

    Back in the late 80’s I got a pint for 17p in Goa. My mate and I were on a hunt for the ‘cheapest pint in a bar’ and came across a place in Mapusa that sold one – exchange rates considered – at that meagre price.

    Got fed up with the cockroaches around the place and left fairly soon though.

  15. 15
    avatar workyticket says:

    Hugh de Payen says:
    September 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    “Back in the late 80′s I got a pint for 17p in Goa.”

    One of my abiding memories of Goa is being stuck in a bedroom for a few days, for reasons which I won’t go into here, having to listen to an local band playing endless Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Lionel Ritchie etc covers. It was one of the most traumatic periods in my life.

  16. 16
    avatar Mick_toons says:

    I honestly don’t think Barton will keep quiet about NUFC until NUFC fans keep quiet about Barton. He loves the attention and knows there are many who will listen to his every whim on twitter.

  17. 17
    avatar goodoldjimgold says:

    Me and my good friend Hillsy (Liverpool supporter) are toying with the idea of no longer following our respective clubs and becoming full time Joey Barton fans. Not only is he the (self proclaimed) best English player in the world, he’s an absolute top boy with his humorous tweetings etc. If the premiership had more players with not only his level of footballing skill but also his unique outlook on life and excellent sense of humor, I doubt it would be very long before it became the highest profile and most watched football league in the whole world.

  18. 18
    avatar AndyMac says:

    workyticket says:

    “One of my abiding memories of Goa is being stuck in a bedroom for a few days, for reasons which I won’t go into here, having to listen to an local band playing endless Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Lionel Ritchie etc covers. It was one of the most traumatic periods in my life”

    Serves you right you perv :lol:

  19. 19
    avatar workyticket says:

    Reformed characters are often the most interesting and informed. Barton’s always seemed like quite an intelligent and articulate chap when I’ve listened and read what he has to say.

  20. 20
    avatar workyticket says:

    AndyMac says:
    September 8, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    “Serves you right you perv”

    Rest assured, it was nothing like that Andy! :-)

  21. 21
    avatar AndyMac says:

    Locked in a bedroom in Goa with handcuffs and whips playing their part no doubt ?

    You’re all the same you bloggers !!!

    Actually I was in Thailand in a similar situation which was all down to a “Hangover” style stag week :) Then there was the cross channel ferry incident on another stag do……strange how alcohol leads to so many unexpected situations in one’s life ?

  22. 22
    avatar CLiNT FLiCK says:

    Ya’s are taking the wrong stuff,
    you need to take something that allows you to remember every last gory detail.

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