‘One’ last chance. Expect the Loftus Road midfielder to burn another bridge before the summer is out.
JOEY BARTON looks set to be thrown an amazing lifeline right out of the Last Chance Saloon.
The man Fabio Capello said was “too dangerous” to play for England is expected to be given one final opportunity to mend his wayward ways with QPR.
The Londoners considered showing him the door after a lengthy inquiry into his shocking behaviour against Manchester City in last season’s final game.
But the legal cost of doing so – and his undoubted talents – mean that the volatile midfielder, who is banned from playing for a considerable chunk of the next domestic season anyway, looks likely to escape becoming an international outcast as well… for the time being.
QPR are expected to pull back from the brink and give Barton his final public warning within the next 48 hours along with a move to curtail his Twitter outbursts which have also frequently landed him in hot water.
SOURCE: Sunday Express
We’ve probably lost track of the number of ‘one-last’ chances Joey Barton has received over the years and one wonders if it’s a wise move for Mark Hughes to keep the trouble-making midfielder any longer. Clearly the decision to keep the midfielder is based mainly on the probable costs of attempting to terminate his contract though you would have thought that given his reputation that some sort of clause would have been written into his deal that covers QPR in that regard.
Given that Barton’s latest transgression could have easily have cost QPR their status in the top tier you would have thought that QPR owner Tony Fernandes would opt to bite the bullet rid the club of a player who offers very little in footballing terms and a huge headache besides.
Had results gone against them the defeat at Man City would’ve sent the West London side down to the Championship and QPR were unlucky to lose to Roberto Mancini’s side in the dying seconds of a game that they were forced to play with ten men because of Barton’s reckless behaviour.
Couple that with the 12 match ban that will rule the 29 year old out of almost a third of the season and you have to wonder at the logic of keeping the former Man City and Newcastle United man.