Q & A session: Your question submissions

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Joey barton Q & A

Over the next few months, I’m going to create a series of videos and blogs surrounding my life as a professional footballer. Not only do I hope to break the stereotypes association with footballers, I’ll be giving you guys the opportunity to get involved too.

Our professional lives are  documented more and more thanks to the likes of in-house media channels such as QPR TV and OM TV – who’ve really set the bar in terms of daily content about your club. Whilst these are great for gaining insights around the club, interviews and information leading up to games, there’s little content surrounding the individual players and I intend to gives you access to this.

I’m currently pulling together ideas on how to best document this, but before all that, I have a proposal for you. I want this content to be about your learning and understanding of us as professionals, so my first video will be a Q & A session in which I answer your questions. I’ll setup an interview and collect a series of your questions to help build a better understanding of being a footballer.

As the idea is still in its infancy I don’t have an exact date, but if you’d like to be considered please follow these instructions:

  • In the comment section below suggest a question you’d like to ask me regarding my life as a footballer. Please keep them clean!
  • State your name, location and age (not essential, but it’s nice to picture a person behind the question)
  • Keep checking back for details on the Q & A session

With your input, I hope we can compile a decent list of questions that’ll form the basis of the session. I’ll keep entries open until 14th October. Good luck.

 

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JordKnowles
JordKnowles

Having played over in France, what are the similarities and differences between the style of football in England?

Jordan, 22, Manchester

Liverpool_Nolan
Liverpool_Nolan

If you could play in any other  football league, which one would it be?


Adam,14, Merseyside 

johnnyquadrio
johnnyquadrio

Hello Joseph. I was also born in Liverpool. But I was very bad at football - so music won. I'd just like to know if you see yourself appearing on 'I'm A Celebrity' next year?

PaulBurns
PaulBurns

If you had to assimilate your style of play with a particular European Elite Club would you choose Serie A or La Liga?

deangoodsell
deangoodsell

Did you ever have any doubts about pursuing a career as a professional footballer and, if so, which alternative career paths did you consider?


Dean Goodsell, 20, Leicestershire

harrystone666
harrystone666

do you get concerned when other teams around you at the top of the table win when we dont? or do you trust the next game will be better

rthompson73
rthompson73

Is it tougher to play when it's very hot or very cold? Same question, this time for training? Lastly, from ur experiences abroad, do you think foreigners would give same answers?

ianverity
ianverity

What would encourage professional footballers to come out?  Do you think Tom might help?

BrianFreeman
BrianFreeman

how do you deal with people constantly criticizing you? 

Curtisdivers
Curtisdivers

3 greatest players of all time, and why?

StevenClark3
StevenClark3

Favourite footballer growing up ?

#joeysalegend

FTH6
FTH6

Who did you idolize and why?

GeorgeTaylor1
GeorgeTaylor1

would you be willing to do a separate q and a for a school project? would mean a lot joey, great game last night btw, if you're willing email me at georget@hillhawks.co.uk, thanks. 

Jackcaplin_
Jackcaplin_

Top 3 midfielders you would like to play alongside?

Jstocks
Jstocks

Next England manager that will be English? Josh Stocks, 16, Preston.

daveg1980
daveg1980

What it was it like to play under Kevin Keegan, how did it differ from other managers? 

Would you ever move to the MLS, A-League or other non european countries to promote the game?

From Dave - Geordie in Sydney - ex season ticket holder. #Ashley Out!

SimonBird1
SimonBird1

I work in criminal justice and I'm interested in how you reacted to your clash with the criminal justice system. to be fair i don't know much about you prior to your time inside but have massive respect for how you've turned things around.

you now seem to have a massive interest in promoting football as a peoples game as evidenced in your support for the recent LGBGT rainbow laces campaign. how would you like to see the game to develop and would you like to still be involved when you retire as a player?


AnthonyClark1
AnthonyClark1

Tony, 65 years, all but the first 7 a QPR supporter, living in Switzerland. Possible questions:

1: From time to time suggestions are made to improve football as a spectacle: widen the goals, bring forward all free kicks to within shooting range of goal, sin bin of 10 minutes for all yellow card offences,  two referees as in ice hockey etc. But it seems pro-footballers don't support these ideas - they prefer the game as it is, tight, defensive, with few goals from open play except in breakaways. Why is the football industry so conservative?

2: When Harry Redknapp had not been long at QPR he played Diakite and Mbia together in midfield against Liverpool with disastrous results. Afterwards he suggested they had not understood his instructions. I'm an English language teacher and I would guess that many non-English mother tongue footballers only understand about 30% of what they are told. Do you suspect, like me, that managers and coaches seriously overestimate foreign player's comprehension abilities?

3: Why do you think Mark Hughes failed so disastrously at QPR? Did he put new players into the team too quickly? Was he too quick to discard some of the 'lesser' players who nevertheless knew each other's game? Or did he sign too many players whose motivations he did not know? Or should he have relied less on Taarabt? 

4: In Newcastle's 'recent' championship season you and the others ground out a lot of not very entertaining wins and draws - is it deja vu now with QPR?  Is that the way to win the Championship?

5: What are your ambitions for the rest of your life, once playing football is no longer possible?

6: Do you think there can be any expectation of pro-footballers playing at the highest levels to behave 'honourably'? Or is that just outdated nonsense? I am not thinking so much of aggression here, since that is only human nature, but since Maradona's hand of God British footballers no longer hesitate about trying to cheat by using their hands or arms, and a red card is no longer a badge of shame - witness Laurent Blanc celebrating with the others after the World Cup Final.

7: Why do footballers celebrate with glee when they win a match on a penalty shootout - it's such a childish way to determine a winner. In the old days they used to toss a coin. Nobody lost face.

edalc@lycos.com

CarloDelgreco
CarloDelgreco

hi joey is there any players or managers past or present that you really didnt like

TheGaffer
TheGaffer

Oh my details

Mark Hodson

Los Angeles  35


TheGaffer
TheGaffer

Joey, I heard that on a recent coaching course you attended this summer, that you upset a lot of the non ex/current player candidates by referring to the other coaches as "civilians?" Do you believe that only those with professional playing experience have the knowledge to coach at the top level?

PhillipFawcett
PhillipFawcett

Wondering what sort of stamina a top professional footballer has to have, in pure running terms. I'm a keen and fairly good club distance runner, and love watching football (but crap at it). Obviously more to football then just being fit, but have you ever raced a mile, done a 10k or half marathon or anything like that, Joey, and if so what time did you get?
Phil aged 45, Lancs, England.

AndrewDangerTurnbull
AndrewDangerTurnbull

Alright Joey!


Huge, huge fan, have a few of your match worn Newcastle shirts and boots, even OM boots! Came to see you on the last game of the season in Marseille v Stade de Reims as well. My question is..

Do you like the image you have? You have had your ups and downs in the past on and off the pitch and worked through them seemingly to the normal fan well, does this make you feel a good and a better character knowing you have worked through this? And what would you have changed, knowing what you do now?

Andrew 25 Newcastle.

Lucas_Travers
Lucas_Travers

Luke Travers 22 London 

At the current stage of your career and looking back at everything you have completed from Newcastle to QPR to OM which has been the most memorable memory on the pitch and which have been some of the difficult decisions to make off the pitch

Liverpool_Nolan
Liverpool_Nolan

who's the best manager you've worked with? 

Adam ,14, Merseyside 

NikBharrat
NikBharrat

Joey, Charlie and Rob for England this season?


Nik Bharrat, 17, London

NikBharrat
NikBharrat

How do you see yours, Charlie's and Rob's chances of getting an England call-up this season?


Nik Bharrat, 17, London

pigeonmilk
pigeonmilk

How serious are the pressures on a top-flight footballer, and how can it affect their mental health?

pigeonmilk
pigeonmilk

Who's the best partner you've played with regurally in Centre Midfield? I personally loved the pairing of you and Nolan. 

James, 20, London

pigeonmilk
pigeonmilk

Why do you think that there is a lack of top quality English managers?

pigeonmilk
pigeonmilk

If you could bring one aspect of the French game/ Ligue 1 to England, what would it be?

ChrisHyde
ChrisHyde

Hi Joseph, great work with the Rangers this season, however my question is When you were at Marseille and living in France what was your favourite French meal ? Did you go to any top restaurants?

Chris_Alderton
Chris_Alderton

Although your time was tough towards the end of your Newcastle career, would you ever consider rejoining the club, given the good times you had both on the pitch and off with the fans.


Chris Alderton, Suffolk, 19.

realpgille
realpgille

Hi Joey,

Given your history and on and off the pitch battles, what was the catalyst behind your change? What prompted you to study Philosophy? 

Appreciating the process, I'd be delighted to see my question answered. Paul Gilbert, 30, London, Beirut, Limassol and Cairo :-) Picture's on Instagram, realpgille, i also follow you.

Best,

Paul

nima azari
nima azari

Hey man , a Big fan Here :-)
What are your thoughts on the Hero Paolo Di Canio ?! (Di Canio "the Player" mostly)

and this one might Change my Lifestyle ! Do You Regret Anything ? you know what i'm talkin about.

and the Last One ! Why nobody Sees the Quality before the 
controversial incidents Around you ? I Totally Remember when i first saw you playin Back in 2003-4 ... it was only about football to me ! the other things made me more interested tho...

Regards
Nima Azari. 27 . IRAN

danielmole92
danielmole92

What club would you most like to manage when you retire and why? OM, Newcastle or QPR?

NMcDonald
NMcDonald

As a player who has experienced a number of moves between clubs, to what extent do you engage in club loyalty and how does that affect your motivation?

HammadMohd
HammadMohd

How would you describe your time at  Olympique de Marseille? Would you play again for Marseille if opportunity arises? ~ Hammad

CarwynWalsh
CarwynWalsh

Do you feel that the Championship might become the breeding ground of young English talent in years to come given the limited chances afforded to young English players in the Premier League? What have you made of the young English players you have encountered thus far in the Championship. Cheers, Carwyn from New Zealand.

GerardBeattie
GerardBeattie

does the wealth and lifestyle relly componsate for all the negative u have had to endure ,from the media some harsh and some selfinflicted, to u n urs  is it still a buzz training everyday ....when you coming to celtic.................. cheers Gerry Beattie Glasgow 

TFleming95
TFleming95

Opinion on Luis Suarez ? Tom New Zealand.

DavidPallotta
DavidPallotta

What is the biggest plight in the game currently? are you happy how much money is in the game or do you hate that aspect, as people may see footballers and other sportsmen as vapid or not interesting? David, 21, Melbourne

RossTHFC
RossTHFC

What is the highlight of your career so far? Ross, 18, St. Andrews

haydenadams0
haydenadams0

Joey, do you feel as a result of your reputation referees are stricter on you? Hayden, Bristol, 22 

fhsDUFC
fhsDUFC

How do you feel after getting sent off? Fin, Edinburgh

PhillipFawcett
PhillipFawcett

@AnthonyClark1 I think number 6 there is a fair question, but 1) - I don't think most of us want to see the rules massacred, it's a great game as it is with some minor flaws, like the offside rule or diving. I don't really wanna see football running up rugby scores to make it more 'entertaining'! 7) No way! A penalty shoot is cruel, and has an element of luck, but it's a damn dramatic way to settle up a match. It's got to end sometime, if normal play can't separate the teams, and a coin-toss seems completely crap to me. At least with penalties it's still a test of nerve and skill and the winning team has to earn it. 

AnthonyClark1
AnthonyClark1

@PhillipFawcett @AnthonyClark1 The comparison with rugby is useful. For example, in rugby the better team almost always wins. Italy are never going to hold the All-Blacks to a goalless draw. Does this reduce it as a spectacle? In rugby too there have been regular rule changes and useful introduction of technology. I don't want to see the rules of football massacred, I want to see them respected.  For example, there are far too many deliberate fouls which break up play and are of little or no consequence to the perpetrator. Hence the idea of moving free kicks forward. And a second referee with equal status to the first would reduce their number too.  

PhillipFawcett
PhillipFawcett

@AnthonyClark1 @PhillipFawcett I think the best team in soccer usually wins, but maybe it's part of the appeal that the inferior team can sometimes 'find a way' to get a result - like Chelsea v Barcelona! Also in soccer there is always hope for lower division sides in the cup which improves the game as a spectacle. I like the point about a 2nd referee, and maybe moving free kicks forward 10 metres (but not necessarily within goal range) would make players more reluctant to give away fouls.