Boss fires out Barton warning
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has warned derby rivals Sunderland not to be taken in by the furore surrounding midfielder Joey Barton.
The controverisal 28-year-old found himself the centre of attention once again last weekend when he was stamped on by Arsenal's Alex Song and then slapped by striker Gervinho. But Pardew, who only included transfer-listed Barton in the team last Saturday after receiving assurances about his focus, will have no qualms about throwing him in once again at the Stadium of Light. The manager said: "In a game-plan, it would get a mention, if I am honest. "Joey has been in the press a fair bit this week - more than Joey would have liked and more than I would have liked - but the other thing they will be focussing on is he is a very good player, of course, and they need to stop him. "Probably that is more of a worry to [Sunderland manager] Steve [Bruce], I should think."