Underfire Joe Kinnear felt sorry for Joey Barton?
Newcastle United's interim manager Joe Kinnear has blasted the
Sunderland fans who hurled missiles and abuse at Joey Barton during
Saturday's Tyne-Wear derby.
Kinnear admits he felt sorry for the controversial former Manchester
City player who was at the centre of the Black Cats' fans' ire as he
warmed up on the sidelines before coming on as a late substitute in his
side's 2-1 defeat.
The former Wimbledon boss said: "He had bottles thrown at him. It was bang out of order – we must keep this out of football.
"All he was guilty of was warming up on the side of the pitch.
"I felt sorry for him, but thankfully he kept his cool and went on the
pitch. He didn't panic and didn't have a grudge against the Sunderland
"I have got to do the best I possibly can with the squad I have. I am
not going to listen to people or pay lip-service to anybody. I am
playing Joey Barton because he is a good player.
"I am not going to have anybody else tell me different."
Meanwhile, Kinnear has also revealed that Mark Viduka may not return
from his Achilles injury until the festive period while Michael Owen
could feature in next Monday's game against Aston Villa as he continues
his recovery from a groin problem.