We all have our opinions on Joey Barton and typically they centre around him being one of the most despised footballers and self-proclaimed social media philosophers to ever wriggle their way into existence.
As individuals, we all meet “those” type of people in life. You know, the ones we really simply cannot like. It’s part of our working lives, for example, to spend almost every breathing moment with at least one unbearable colleague, boss, assistant, water boy, etc. etc. as we try to negotiate our way through everyday existence. Well, our man in question is one such person.
Football is an outlet; it gives us something to look forward to at the week, something to love and dedicate our lives too that is not based on a spreadsheet, child or partner. So when individuals like Joey Barton, who are commissioned to do no more than kick a ball in front us for 90 minutes a week, start to flex their tentacles into other avenues of our existence, we automatically throw up our highly sophisticated and developed defences and brand them idiots, or any other word to that effect.
At least, that what we have been doing ever since the footballer-turned-philosopher discovered Twitter and transformed into some sort of self-righteous, life-lesson-force-feeding Twitter messiah delivered to this world to spread the non-nonsensical passages of Joey Anthony Barton (dig long enough on his Twitter and you will find enough rubbish to last you a lifetime, trust us).
After a fairly successful stint with Burnley, where he earned their Player of the Year award and guided the club to Premier League promotion, Barton turned his talents north of the border to help Rangers re-establish themselves at the top of Scottish football.
Needless to say, he offered very little upon arrival.
Despite penning a two-year deal at Ibrox in May 2016, Barton managed just six months at the club before agreeing to terminate his contract following a confrontation with a fellow teammate and then manager Mark Warburton.
He has since unloaded on Scottish football, telling Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on talkSport.
“I decided I couldn’t deal with the poor standards around me.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for the tradition of Scottish football – Celtic and Rangers and the Old Firm – but the standard of football, let’s be serious, is pathetic up there.”
It must enrage Rangers fans to listen to this worm of a man splurge rhetoric about their beloved game. But they can find solace in the fact that: 1) they are not Joey Barton 2) Joey Barton will never return 3) they are not Joey Barton 4) he lasted just six months 5) they are not Joey Barton.
The man who won absolutely nothing in his career is now managing Fleetwood Town and looks destined to, you guessed it, win absolutely nothing.
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