Keegan: Barton deserves second chance

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Kevin Keegan will welcome Joey Barton back to Newcastle when he returns to the club but admits the controversial midfielder has plenty of work to do to regain people´s confidence.

The 25-year-old was sentenced to six months in jail for assault and affray after an incident in Liverpool city centre in December and was also given a four-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, after admitting assault occasioning actual bodily harm on former Manchester City team-mate Ousmane Dabo during a training session last year.

And although Keegan has promised his player total support, he admits Barton must regain acceptance in the football work on his own merits. Keegan told Radio Five´s Sportsweek programme: "I told him as long as he did things right and started to rebuild the confidence of everyone around him, which he has to do, we would stick by him."

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Joey Barton
Manchester City
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