QPR midfielder jokes that managing United right now would be too soon for him as he has another 15 years left as a player.
With all the media speculation over the abundance of high-profile managers who could possibly succeed David Moyes as Manchester United manager - Carlo Ancelotti, Jurgen Klopp and Louis van Gaal are just three from a larger list - there is one man who has conceded that the magnitude of both the job and the culture that surrounds the club would be too much, too soon for him.
Currently studying for his UEFA coaching license, Joey Barton, 31, remains a midfielder at Queens Park Rangers and clarified his position on social media: "I have at least 15 years left of my playing career - I am ruling myself out of the Manchester United job early."
I'm not going to apply mainly based on the fact its too early and I have at least 15 years left playing. Ruling myself out early. #manujob— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) April 22, 2014
While obviously commenting with his tongue in cheek, Barton did list a number of coaches he believes would represent wise appointments.
He said: "Klopp has recommitted to the Dortmund project [but] would be a great appointment. It is worrying there are not many British coaches linked. Surely Van Gaal is the logical choice."