Tony Mills (52 years old) has been one of the diehard fans of Queens Park Ranger ever since he was young. He is a cancer patient who had always wished he could visit Loftus Road with his loving family and cheer for Queens Park Ranger. Joey Barton (Queens Park Ranger’s midfielder) visited Eastbourne recently and helped fulfill Tony Mills’s ultimate wish.
Joey Barton has predicted that Sir Alex Ferguson would make his way to Old Trafford as manager at some point of time in future.
Sir Alex had quit as Manchester United manager last summer, but, he is still at the club as director and he watches almost all the games at Old Trafford from the stands. He has received criticism for that too.
QPR’s promotion bid took a major blow after they were defeated 1-0 by Leicester City, who are also looking to challenge for the automatic promotion spot. They had a significant advantage coming into the encounter, but they were defeated by a Leicester City team that took advantage of the red card to Joey Barton.
Former England international Joey Barton has launched a scathing attack on several aspects like the England national team, English FA chairman Greg Dykes, and former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Barton is known for having an open attitude towards several aspects, which has often landed him in hot water. It remains to be seen if his latest comments will do the same. Just before the crucial World Cup qualifying matches, he has said that the English national team is one of the worst he has ever seen.
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QPR midfielder Joey Barton is thought to be demanding £ 3 million in order to terminate his contract with the Championship club. Barton was one of the big names to arrive at Loftus Road following the arrival of Tony Fernandes as the new owner.
He was signed a contract worth £ 70,000 per week, which would be unsustainable if the club was to get relegated into the championship. Even before that happened, Barton’s QPR career was over after a series of off and on pitch incidents. He spent the last season at Marseille on a season-long loan deal.
However, he was expected to be back into the QPR training regime yesterday since he still had two years left on his contract. Manager Harry Redknapp has revealed that the information was sent to the midfielder, but he has not turned up for training. Barton is believed to have held talks with the QPR board about leaving the club on a permanent basis. His relationship with the board is thought to be beyond repair. It would cost QPR in the region of £ 7 million to keep him for the remainder of his contract, but Barton is thought to be ready on a £ 3 million payoff to leave the club permanently.
“Joey Barton was sent the same information as every other player. That was to report for training on Monday. We haven’t seen him. I don’t follow Twitter so I don’t know what’s going on. He wants to go to Marseille and he did very well there last year, but he’s got two years left of his deal here. I think he’s looking for the club to give him a payday here and then he’ll go. I don’t know how it’s all going to end,” said Redknapp about the absence of Barton from training.
Joey Barton has criticized Queens Park Rangers management for the poor performance of the team in the ongoing Premier League season.
Barton is a contracted player of QPR, but, he hasn’t played for them this season. He was placed on loan to Marseille at the start of the season.
QPR’s performance in the Premier League this season has been disastrous and after their goalless draw against Reading FC on Sunday, it’s now certain that they will end up in the relegation zone.
The Rangers have so far played 35 Premier League matches this season and has managed to win just 4 out of them. They have lost 18 times and have played 13 draws. They just have 25 points at the moment.
However, QPR is not at the bottom of the points table. It’s Reading FC which is at the bottom on the basis of goal difference. But, that’s not going to make any difference really.
When asked about QPR’s poor performance in the ongoing Premier League, Barton said, “I am really disappointed, but, I think the kind of composition we have got, we can’t do better than this. We don’t have enough quality in the squad. There are a few good players, but, the rest are maggots.”
“Most of these maggots were brought into the side by Mark Hughes who I think should be blamed the most for what has happened to QPR. He didn’t manage the team well at all in the first half of the season.”
“After the match against Reading, I saw Bosingwa having a bit of laugh. It was baffling to see. You don’t expect this from a dedicated player.”
“It’s really heart breaking for the fans. They have turned up every game and the team has let them down most of the time.”
The manager of Olympique de Marseille, Elie Baup, has said that the red card shown to Joey Barton in the last match against Nancy was the turning point of the match.
Barton was shown two yellow cards in the space of five minutes in the second half of the match against Nancy and the English midfielder had to go out of the field. The score was 0-0 till that time. But, after the departure of Barton, the Marseille team came under pressure and eventually lost the match by 0-1.
Talking to the reporters in the press conference after the match, Baup said, “Both the teams were playing well till that time, but, after Barton was sent off, we were left with only 10 players and things started getting difficult for us.”
“I think Barton was a bit unlucky. On the first occasion, he was shown the yellow card without a foul. I don’t think there was a foul there. On the second occasion, he was just trying to take the ball in his possession. So, both his yellow cards were not fully justified.”
Barton who was also present in the press conference said that he was gutted to be sent off at that time. The English midfielder said, “That was a critical time. We were playing well and creating opportunities, but, after being reduced to 10 players, it became difficult for us to attack.”
“I want to apologize to the players of my team. I let them down today. If I had not been sent off, the result of the match might have been different.”
Barton was placed on loan to Marseille at the start of the ongoing season. He has featured for the French club in 9 matches so far, but, he hasn’t scored any goal.
The English midfielder Joey Barton, who is currently on a season long loan deal with the French club Marseille, has praised the talent of the striker Andre-Pierre Gignac by comparing him with the Paris St Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is as one of the best strikers in the world.
Joey Barton recently completed the season long loan deal to France after falling out with his current club QPR. He recently made his debut for the team after the completion of the 12 match ban given to him by the English FA. He has praised the talent of the striker Andre-Pierre Gignac, who has been linked with several clubs across the world.
Gignac scored the winner for Marseille after coming on from the bench in the match against Toulouse. Barton then appreciated the contribution of the former Toulouse player by saying that he can be compared with Zlatan Ibrahimovic because he is extremely talented. He has also said that Gignac is one of the important members of the team and is an extreme pleasure to play alongside him. Barton has also repeatedly stated that he would like to extend his loan spell with Marseille into a permanent one if it is possible. He has said that he is enjoying life in France.
“He’s one of our most important players. He’s the equivalent of Ibrahimovic at Paris Saint-Germain. He’s a great number nine. He can score from anywhere, and showed that on Saturday. The team started well with him in form, and it was a big loss for the club to have to do without him after his injury. We have a small squad. We don’t have the money of PSG. We need everybody fit. Bastia isn’t an easy place to go to, and Toulouse was a tough game,” said Joey Barton.
The former Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton has said that he would be extremely happy to extend his stay with the French club Marseille after going to like the club and the city in the first few months of his Marseille career.
The 30-year-old recently completed the season long loan deal to Marseilles in the summer after his club QPR decided to remove him due to the number of incidents that caused bad image to the club last season. Joey Barton was suspended for 12 matches by the English FA for a series of incidents in the final match of last season against Manchester City.
After failing to find a lower league club in the English football, Joey Barton moved to the French club Marseille on a season long loan deal. He is set to play a game for the French club due to the 12 match ban he is currently suffering from. Yet, he has said that he would be extremely happy to play for the club till the end of his career after going to like the club and the city. He has also said that he does not know what the future holds for him, but would be happy to stay at Marseille.
“I don’t know [if I will stay beyond my loan] as it’s not my decision; it is between Queens Park Rangers and Marseille. If I had my choice, I would stay here for the rest of my career because I love this place, I have a great relationship with the people, the staff, the manager, the players, the fans, and I feel like I’m at home. I haven’t played many games. I can’t wait to put the Marseille shirt on, to show people that I like to play football,” said Joey Barton about his future.