Where is Joey Barton now?
Never far from controversy, former Premier League midfielder Joey Barton stopped playing in 2017 when he was effectively forced into early retirement after a ban from the Football Association in relation to betting.
Starting his career at Manchester City in 2002, he went onto make 435 first team appearances for six teams including a season-long spell in France with Marseille where he will probably be best remembered for a press conference he did in English but with a French accent which went viral.
The majority of his domestic playing career was in the Premier League but he won his only silverware whilst playing in the Championship, winning the league title with both Newcastle United and Burnley.
Barton also represented the England national side on one occasion in 2007 despite criticising members of the 2006 World Cup squad saying that some had cashed in on autobiographies after the side’s failure in that tournament.
In June 2018 Barton was appointed in his current position as manager of League One club Fleetwood Town and immediately retired from playing as he said he wanted to ‘give it his all’ in his first managerial job.
Unfortunately just a year into his tenure he was charged with causing actual bodily harm on Barnsley’s manager Daniel Stendel after a fracas in the tunnel after a game. He has since pleaded not guilty and the trial continues.
Away from the coaching side of the game he has been a regular pundit on talkSPORT which he says has made him more think more about ways of handling the media.
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Joey Barton: Premier League Statistics
|Premier League Teams Played for||Burnley, Manchester City, Newcastle United, QPR|
Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com