My move to Olympique de Marseille

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Sorry that my website has been so quiet this week, now that you’ve heard my big news I hope you can appreciate why. The move isn’t something that I would have predicted a few months ago, yet a year long loan with Olympique de Marseille at the Stade Vélodrome became my dream a few weeks back, and a reality last night.

Thank you and good luck QPR

It’s strange leaving the Premier League, albeit for a year loan, as it’s undoubtedly the best league in the whole world and my place in the game for the last 10 years – how many people can claim that. At the same time this move to l’OM feels perfect for me and where I’m at, right now. It feels strange and exciting.

I’m grateful to the people the deal made this happen – let’s say that it had a few twists and turns. So thanks to my agent Willie Mckay, l’OM Sporting Director José Anigo and President Vincent Lebrune (pictured with me above). I would also like to thank the QPR owners and exec management team Tony Fernandes and Amit Bhatia for supporting the move. Last but not least I want to thank a handful of my old team mates at QPR who were supportive, my family and close friends and of course the most important decision maker and better half, Georgia.

Good luck to everyone at QPR for this season, they’ve made some great signings for the club – what would you expect of Mark Hughes backed by quality owners. Not least Mbia who was somebody that I initially looked forward to playing alongside at Marseille. Let’s not forget that I’m a contracted QPR player for two more years after this loan ends – who knows about my QPR future a year from now.

Falling love with the game again

I’ve said this before and I appreciate it sounds cliche, my core driver to break from the Prem is to fall in love with the game again, I said it when Fleetwood was on the cards. Reducing the ban was always complete nonsense from the media, Mark Hughes and I never saw it that way since I’d have to serve the ban somewhere and sometime, it’s not going anywhere unfortunately. It’s common sense.

Moving to France and playing with a European giant like Marseille helps me realise this goal on a level that I couldn’t have imagined until now. A few of my mates have questioned me about a Marseille move being right, yet I knew in my stomach that it was perfect to enable a break from the Prem but still be with an elite team, experience a new culture, learn a new language and to feel that I am moving out of my comfort zone, pushing myself again. After all, how many Englishmen play on the continent and do actually do well? Sounds like another blog post in me there answering that one.

The best birthday pressie ever

Tomorrow (Sunday the 2nd Sept) is my 30th birthday and I couldn’t wish for a better present, 30 is such a milestone especially as a footballer, it’s a time when you start to wonder how many playing years you have left and a total contrast to the upstart who debuted at City in what seems like only a few years ago. I’m confident that I have a good 5-6 years in me yet, I’m fortunate that I have a great, natural engine and good people around me – so it’s all about being injury free and doing the business on the field. I want my remaining years in the game to be my best, I feel in my stomach that’s gonna be, too.

In case you wanted to know the ban from the English FA still stands in France, this means my first league game is sometime in November (I’m not 100% sure exactly just yet). I already feel like a kid debuting again, I literally cannot wait. I hope my countrymen and women will be cheering me on and have a new interest in Olympique de Marseille.

I’ll keep working on the site with great content and looking forward to showing you a new perspective on the game from Marseille – any ideas about what you want to see and know, just tell me!

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Buckt312
Buckt312

Hi Joey, what impact has there been to you And your family with this move. Joe Cole had the same experience with his family and mentioned that all your footballers should experience this so as to understand the situation that many imports to the English leagues find themselves in. I can only guess that the training regime and structure is the same at all professional clubs, but is there something in this short period with OM that you can look to bringing into your game preperation, game and lifestyle that will benefit you as well as extending your playing career when or if you return to the Premier league?

tomcouz
tomcouz

Great result(profit) this evening in an extraordinary atmosphere, an irreproachable state of mind! A big match for a resumption... Continue like that and good luck for your french lessons!!!!!!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Super résultat ce soir dans une ambiance extraordinaire, état d'esprit irréprochable! Un gros match pour une reprise... Continue comme sa, et bon courage pour tes leçons de français!!!

OMvista
OMvista

Hi everybody ! Our team has a great fighting spirit and solidarity that season !  Never give up and never accept the defeat.  Fenerbahce is a very good team supported by amazing fans. 

It was not easy for you ,  fowarder  Remy  or Leyti Ndaye  to come back on the field after a long period without playing , in that tough  context.  How do you feeled  during that first match ?

OMvista
OMvista

I am so eager to see you tomorow against Fenerbahce !

250 fans in stadium  will have the chance to see your official beginning but much more on TV .

It is a good place, in the turkish's hell,   to begin a new story. Allez l' OM  et bon Match Monsieur Barton !

BrunoCompassi
BrunoCompassi

i don need now to explain what we feel torwars those qatari, avant ils laisser les Marseillais venir au parc, et oui Joey you don t read wrong" we have 4 milles official coach and trains, but nobody so it coming 16 000 travel as independant < reslutat : le parc est devenue notre stade pour match! Psg delacement a la belle citee phoceen : resultat 800! , voila ici c est marseilles et Paris vas pleurer, ibra-joey= 1 seul winner! mister barton

BrunoCompassi
BrunoCompassi

allez les Marseillais on y vas on y vas, poporopopo, joey dans les tribunne avec les CU 84 serais bientot, il aimes deja beaucoup cette villes, ces gents et il adore le tifos a son:welcome seet and tender hooligan, TU SERAS attaquee de partout dans les media parisiens mais ca ne comptes pas l OM c est le saint de marseilles

BrunoCompassi
BrunoCompassi

This  move to the biggest French club ever is a very good business for both Rangers and Marseilles, the way i see it, Joey is gone from the small playground to the big1, i have no doubt the provencial will love him pour une vraie et bonne raison: il n abandonne jamais , c est un joeur qui est plein d energie , et la a l OM il y a une place pour lui, quand joey entendras sont nom chantee des virages ...........il vas s en rapeller toute sa vie! Bon choix joey et surtout en disant c est L om ou rien ...........tu as imortalisee une phrase magic

TomCreak
TomCreak

Hi Joey ! My name is Tom and I'm a big fan of football and OM.

Although you haven't play for Marseille yet, I like your speech and I hope you will be a great player in Marseille.

Like Ultras Marseille said, if you have a fighting spirit (and I think you have), you will be a "legend" for all of us.

Good luck Joey, FORZA OM

Aldo Raine
Aldo Raine

Hey! The Black Keys is cool!! I listen to "Gold On The Ceiling" & others titles, Rod's wrong! Black Keys rock Joey!  

BrunoCompassi
BrunoCompassi

hi Joe so now its sort of official you won t be able tp play until the( not very friendly) Bordeaux game, well if you do , you wont need motivation because after Psg i think they next on our "love" list, what i think is important is to get you fit to play as many europa games as possible and soon, fener maybe to fast forward but after why not? I believe if Om take this competition seriously we have a good chance of going far so i hope the directors and others do try to play a best team with you in it! I think you did play europa league game before no? Well in here we love Europe so since we did reach the 1/4 of the CL last year its reasonable to expect the same in the europa at least, but of course its the 1 cup that we cant win in the past 2 finals 2 lost and it still hurt! GOOD LUCK IN YOUR HARD WORK TO GET FIT! VIVE L OM AS VIE!

Northolt_QPR
Northolt_QPR

Good luck with this move Joe,  I hope you realise how lucky you are to have been given this chance at a great club like Marseille.

 

All the best.

AnthonyLlovet
AnthonyLlovet

Hello Joey

my name is anthony, i am deaf from France and USA.

welcome to Marseille, 

I am really happy that you join to OM. I am sure that you will do a perfect season.  you're like lorik Cana. !!! it is a real battle. his characters is very hard like you :) . he is my prefer player. 

so L'OM need you like lorik cana. i hope that you will brings us a great season

ALLEZ OMMMMMMMMMMM

 

 

Ultras Marseille
Ultras Marseille

Hi Joey, welcome to us, in Marseille, I'm member of CU84, a OM fan-club. I hope that you'll be very good player for us ans the OM team. In Marseille and particular for CU84 members, if a player has a fighting spirit for OM, we'll be  respecting him. Good luck guy.

ThePurveyor
ThePurveyor

Heah Joey, love the website, it is such a great social platform, wish I had thought of doing the same. All the best in France, I have enjoyed watching your career, and I will keep a close eye on L’equipe across the season. I hope you are insisting Tagger learns some French.  

Cleofr
Cleofr

Hey Joey, I hope everthing will be alright in Marseille. I like your website very much, because you just tell what you think and not in a very hypocrite way as a lot of footballers do. We give you another chance because you're a great player, welcome in France, and I'm sure that you can be a very popular player in Marseille. 

BrunoCompassi
BrunoCompassi

This nobody Dabo going to the papers to cry made me cringe, i was leaving in England at the time and the so called officiale storry was not what was said on that day, yes most french press hate L om so they will try to unsettle you as they just did with that cry baby, but its only because they are all Paris based, Tony cascarino dIsapointed me considering l OM took him when nobody wanted him, yes he did excelent but he should remember to how he came to us! ONLY WORRY ABOUT THIS REGION BECAUSE WE KNOW VERY WELL MANY CLUBS AND FANS ARE JALEOUS OF OUR GLORIOUS PAST, NO 1 WILL EQUAL THAT EVER, SO DABADIDABADO IN THE BIN PLEASE AND ALL BEHIND JOE!

chappie1992
chappie1992

Good luck, hope the media don't set about an agenda with you like in UK. Yeh a few big mistakes in your past, but I for one don't totally blame you for the end of the season. Former club, last day of the season, relegation battle and Aguero being a winey little prick. A ban was deserved but no that big, just the agenda against you was set. Good luck and show them Chris Waddle wasn't a one off!

Stephen Thackeray
Stephen Thackeray

Out of interest, how many times do you think you played well for Rangers ?

I'll give you my opinion, 5 or 6 games you had a good game, & that's a good game, not Man of the match by any stretch of the imagination.

As for the fact that you were allegedly QPR "captain" last season ?! you must more than a little bit embarrassed by that surely ? worst QPR captain I've ever seen, disrespectful to even mention him in the same breath as you, but the sad passing of Alan McDonald in the summer just made it all the more starker for me, what a joke of a QPR "Captain" you were ?

I dont blame people like you ( players ) solely, I think even the QPR owners admit they made mistakes last season & one of them in my opinion is the way that they (over) indulged you as a "personality" ( interviews on Football Focus about Morrissey etc etc etc ) & treated you like an adult & I think you took the p!ss out of them.

I dont like footballers in general & what football has become, my little club QPR paying all that money for the likes of you & Shaun Wright Phillips, did you earn your money at QPR ? or do you feel a degree of professional embarrassment in your time at QPR ?

Like I say, its a bigger issue for me than just "Joey Barton is a C*nt" but all I can say to you is I sincerely hope you do well in France so I never have to see you in a QPR shirt again. 

Mohamed_Siam
Mohamed_Siam

Very happy you got what you wanted for your 30th birthday and all. However i was upset to hear that you must serve out your 12 match ban. I find that something you did in a different league shouldn't have followed you. This is probably not the most popular opinion but i still think its unfair. Wasn't one of your reasons for wanting to play in Marseille so you can actually play! Yet they still felt it necessary to make you serve the remaining 8 or 9 games left on your ban...

Jayalez
Jayalez

Hi Joey

 

Welcome to Marseille !

 

I hope lots of success for you and for the club. You're exactly the type of player we need. Do never forget to play for us, for our pride,  for our city, for our children who dream OM every night, for our supporters who travel throughout Europe to support the team, for our brilliant and glorious history, for all the men and women who are desperately in love with l'OM, in Marseille, in France and in Europe. OM is more than a club, it's a religion, a lifelong commitment.

 

Play for our colors, now your heart is white and sky blue, now you're one of ours, you are family. We welcome you from the bottom of our heart and we'll respect you if you respect the club. If you show your commitment, your team spirit , your thirst for victory, you'll be one of ours forever.

 

Cheers and best of luck.

 

 

Jay

GLegoy
GLegoy

Welcome to Olympique de Marseille

 

Make us proud. Pride is all we need. Dont forget that.

 

I believe in you.

Squinones5
Squinones5

Can't wait to see you play in France, going to miss you at QPR but all the best to you for the season. 

What number are you wearing at Marseille?

Joey B
Joey B

To everybody commenting en Francais, I had my first lesson today! I will get better and eventually be commentating in French. JB

BrunoCompassi
BrunoCompassi

jOEY BARTON VAS VENIR VOUS NIQUER PARISIENS , OH PARISIENS QUAND JOEY MARQUERAS VOTRE VIE TREMBLERAS

BrunoCompassi
BrunoCompassi

DEAR JOEY, WE ARE SO HAPPY ABOUT YOU COMING TO US AND SO PROUD OF THE WAY YOU SPEAK OF OUR CITY, ET BIEN MON AMI TU AS FAIT UNE ENTREE TRIOMPHALE DANS NOTRE CLUB , MERCI POUR LES CHOSES QUE TU AS DIT, TU ES DEJA DANS NOS COEURS , LES FANS SONT TOUS AVEC TOI, ET IL EST VRAIE QUE SANS LE SAVOIR POURQUOI JE PENSE QUE TU VAS NOUS RENDRE FIERS, NE RETOURNE PAS EN ANGLETERRRE RESTE CHEZ NOUS TU SERAS LE ROI ! IN MARSEILLES WE LOVE FIGHTERS LIKE YOU , WE HAVE ALL 1 GOOD EYE ON YOUR  1ST CLASSICO! BONNE MERE DONNE LUI LA FORCE DE BATTRE LES QATARI , PSG = RIEN , PETIT CLUB , L OM CLUB MYTHIQUE , CLUB A NOUS LES FANS ! jOE VAS Y LACHE TOI ET DETRUIT CES PARISIENS , ET TU SERAS LE ROI! l OM LE PALPITANT EST BLANC ET BLEUE! LOVE FOR OUR CLUB IS ENORMOUS!

BrunoCompassi
BrunoCompassi

Joey been a Marseilles all my life, and i can tell you that my city has not buzzed this way for long time, you giving us hope........best present you can give us, and: psg= enculees , joey barton will light you up on the field

DrNakano
DrNakano

Good for you. Reckon you'll be a rip-roaring success.

BrunoCompassi
BrunoCompassi

An Englishman in Marseilles always do well, it use to be légionnaires and than footballers but i don t know why but the whole town is ..........ready and know you going to do great here, and like my fellow fan said: you can be the king of Marseilles ! TOUS ENSEMBLE : JOEY BARTON NUMERO 6

Jerome150992
Jerome150992

Hi joey! I'm happy to see you joining marseille and you gonna have a great season with marseille!

best

 

Jerome

JejeVial
JejeVial

Bienvenue a l'OM joey ! je sait pas pourquoi, mais je sent que tu va réussir a l'OM, c'est tout ce que je te souhaite ! 

kerkour
kerkour

Salut joey , tout abord bienvenu  a Olympique de Marseille et dans notre ville ? je supporte L'OM depuis l'age de 7 ans (premiers match au stade vélodrome pour moi)  cela fais 40 ans aujourdui  j'ai vu pendant tout ce temps de grands joueurs évoluer sous le maillot Olympien Skoblar,, Magnusson ,Papin, Boli ,Waddel,Mozer,Franchescoli,Cantona,Drogba le dernier Niang et j'en oublie , depuis plus rien la ville et triste, triste de ressentir que notre OM a perdu ça foi, son âme ,son identité , avant quand les équipe venaient a Marseille ils tremblaient dans le tunnel demande a Di Méco ou a Anigo je parle pas des fans adverse............il faux que tu saches que L'Olympique de Marseille est le barométre de tous les supporters Marseillais et nous sommes 20 Millions de Partisans  dans le monde et oui joey c'est la réalité quand L'OM gagne cela donne une impulsion possitive a tous ses Fans, la joie de vivre ,le sourire ,les soucis oublié , bien dans notre peau et surtout fier ,fier d'etres Marseillais ,Fier de notre ville joey  

Aujourd'hui nous Marseillais rêvons de trouvé le joueur qui s' identifierais  a nous ,a notre ville, a notre passion et a notre fidélité a notre palmarès sache Joey que tu peux devenir le KING oui LE KING de Marseille demande au noms que j'ai cité ci dessus Joey nous sommes un peuple qui rend plus ce que l'on lui donne c'est ce qui a fais notre force Joey  ton destin est tracé tu n'est pas a Marseille pour rien ton destin été ici au bon endroit toute l'énergie que tu as , lâche la sur la pelouse et tu deviendra LE ROI DE MARSEILLE croit moi Joey.c'est ce que le peuple olympien demande et nous ferons tout pour que tu devienne notre JO DE MARSEILLE comme a la belle époque ...............a l'ancienne.

 

Notre devise : DROIT AU BUT 

Notre fierté : A JAMAIS LES PREMIERS .

Notre honneur: ENCULE LE PSG 

GlasgowsGreenandWhite
GlasgowsGreenandWhite

All the best Joey, will keep track of your progress as I always do! Still loving the site!

BrunoCompassi
BrunoCompassi

Hi joey i realise you have a many followers and you busy but what is your take on Marseilles as a city? We take so much flak from the capital that it would be good to get a "neutral" ( not anymore ) Person ! You know you will be probably ready for the Paris game? You will feel the build up and its intense , we just...not very friendly with the qatari .TOUS AVEC TOI !

bb13
bb13

bonjour,j'aime bien votre siteen tout cas je suis très heureuse de vous avoir dans notre clubvous dites pour 1 ans , mais j'espère que l'om vous fera signer un autre contrat pour plus longtempset je souhaite que vous trouviez tellement de bonheur à marseille que vous ne voudrez plus en partir bonne journée

VinceBardet
VinceBardet

on est de tout coeur av toi. Welcom to marseille joey!!!!!!!!

chrislawnufc
chrislawnufc

 @Joey B good luck with your latest move joey. But, do you not regret those talk ins whilst at newcastle, you may still have a future there now, i know you loved newcastle and i'm sure you know the fans loved you but answer me this one question, if you could be back at newcastle, would you take the chance?

 

GLegoy
GLegoy

 @Joey B taking french classes? You serious? You are the first one I see taking french lessons so quick !

TomPurpleMicheau
TomPurpleMicheau

 @Joey B We appreciate your effort, and thank you for taking time to answer us,  it's rare to see a professional player being close to his fans, thank you again

mau27mo
mau27mo

 @Joey B Welcome to Marseille Jo (so seriously, do you want to be called Jo or Joey?)! I'm sure you can bring great things to the team. I am one of those who think you paid for the bad things you did and that's enough, and am just looking forward to seeing you play for l'OM and set the Velodrome on fire :) Good luck, man!

BrunoCompassi
BrunoCompassi

 @kerkour CHER KERKOU JE SUIS DE LA GENERATION WADDLE MAIS TOUT CE QUE TU AS DIT, ET TU L AS SI BIEN DIT EST TRES VRAIE , SALUT A TOI KERKOUR, L OM ET JOEY EST UNE HISTOIRE QUI VAS NOUS FAIRE REVER!

Joey B
Joey B

 @BrunoCompassi Hi Bruno, I think it is a beautiful city, I feel so welcome here already, I had my first French lesson today, hopefully I will improve at it quickly. I went to visit Cassis yesterday, what a place that is. The port picturesque and the it is a real melting pot with many different cultures which I think is really interesting. Thanks for the welcome. Allez LOM. JB

BrunoCompassi
BrunoCompassi

 @Ab Nihilo Oui il veut Joe pas Joey , très bien vue , et sure j exagère un peut mais bon...ont a Marseillais on as le droit et puis ce n est pas tout a fait faux , ça cause dur de Joe un peut partout, 

BrunoCompassi
BrunoCompassi

 @Joey B Joey you just made my day with this mail, i know you have over 1 million followers so i do feel privileged, just to tell you i lived in england many years so i know how akward it can be to addapt but fear not, the whole of marseilles is behind you!

Yes Marseilles is a very big melting pot but as you will see ...it actually work well ! I am glad you are to taking time to visit the area , Cassis superbe , When you feel totally settled you will never want to leave! So without trying to undermine QPR how different does the set up of the club feels to you? We were all so pleased you liked the welcome banner, more to come and there is a Rap star call soprano ( from your addopted city) who i believe is working on a song, but i let you discover that 1 . Thank you for taking the time to reply !

Mon ami le numero 6 c est celui du patron , le tient! MARSEILLAIS OH MARSEILLAIS!

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