Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pardew Tips Barton to Be a Manager; Barton Is Tipped to Be a Boss One Day

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pardew Tips Barton to Be a Manager; Barton Is Tipped to Be a Boss One Day

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Byline: Neil Cameron Sports writer twitter: @NeilCameron5

ALAN PARDEW has tipped Joey Barton to become a manager one day and praised the former Newcastle United man's "interesting" career and life.

The two remain close despite Pardew selling Barton four years ago and a healthy mutual respect has built up over time.

In a radio interview earlier this year, Barton spoke of being wary of Pardew's reputation when he first arrived at St James' Park, but credited the 53-year-old with being one of the best coaches and man-managers he'd ever worked with.

Barton will return to Newcastle today for the first time in a competitive match with his QPR side He memorably took part in Steve Harper's testimonial last year when a late challenge on the-then Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio went down well with the home crowd.

Asked whether the occasional bad boy of English football could ever become a manager himself once he retires from playing, Pardew said: "Joey isn't going to go away quietly. I am sure he has a plan.

"I think Joey possibly could go down that line. It is a question for Joey.

"I have always enjoyed working with him and we still have the odd communication.

"Just now and then, and I am not elaborating on that. I like him and he is someone who is good for the game.

"I enjoyed working with Joey. I had a great relationship with him. Other things have happened with Joey, but people forget what a good Turn to Page 94 footballer he is. The thing I fear on Saturday is the way he will play.

"I think our fans will give him a good reception, if I am honest, and in terms of his tweeting and everything else he does none of that bothers me, it is what he does on the pitch and he does it very well."

Barton's fans, of which there are many, point to the fact in terms of footballers, not known for their personalities, the QPR midfielder at least has something to say for himself whether people want to hear it or not.

Whether on social media or the BBC's Question Time, this has got him into trouble, but he is nonetheless entertaining. …

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