Sir Trevor Brooking is one of the nice guys of English football and Joey Barton well, isn't.
Brooking, 64, has a stand at West Ham named after him after making more than 600 appearances for the club during his playing career.
He has been the FA's director of football development since 2003, but this year commented he still believes it will take five years for England's senior team to become competitive for trophies.
England's approach to player development has been a talking point across the board at all levels for years, once again being raised during the international break.
Even yesterday Stuart Pearce criticised several players who could have played for the under-21s this summer, but elected not to step down.
QPR's ever controversial figure Joey Barton last night waded into the debate, making Brooking his target, demanding he be axed.
What has Big Trevor Brooking been doing for the last 10 yrs? Surely there are only so many dinners and golf days, a man can attend?— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) September 10, 2013
Time for an overhaul Greg. Clear out the freeloaders. Starting with Brooking. Implement some form of elite coaching development programme.— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) September 10, 2013
Brooking is clearly an honourable man who feels there is more work to be done and will not want to walk away from it. New FA chairman Greg Dyke will likely have his own ideas, but will know that firing an England legend like Sir Trevor when it may not be justified could backfire into a PR disaster.
What do you think of Barton's comments? Is his attack on Brooking out of order?
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