Joey Barton is one of football's most controversial characters, but Harry Redknapp believes that the QPR midfielder will make an excellent coach when he calls time on his playing career.
The 32-year-old has already worked hard to earn his coaching badges and is looking forward to a successful career in football management.
He has had a troubled past, and many will never accept the controversial midfield enforcer, but his current manager believes that he is set for a productive future in the game when he hangs up his boots in a few years time.
“Joey Barton has been important to us. Last year was the first year I've worked with him and he did a great job for us," Redknapp told TalkSport.
“I was [dubious of him], yeah. I used to look at him, like everybody else, and get the needle with some of the things he used to say, but when I met him he was a good trainer, he knows the game.
“I think he'll make an excellent coach or manager one day in the future."
The QPR manager revealed that Barton still causes some trouble, but that he works hard more often than not, and is a player who helps those around him in the dressing room.
“He still has his off days where he can be a nuisance but 90% of the time he’s been fantastic and he is good around the place. He’s got the will to win and knows the game so he is a good influence," he added.
Barton has played for Manchester City, Newcastle and Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League, but also knows the French Ligue 1 well after spending a season on loan at Marseille during the 2012-13 campaign.
He spent time in prison during the 'darker days' earlier on in his career, but Barton has now transformed into a philosopher and looks set to remain a prominent figure in the game past his retirement.
Working under one of the countries most experienced managers at QPR, Barton seems to be in a perfect position to succeed as a coach when he hangs up his boots, and the latest comments from Redknapp certainly back that up.
Will Joey Barton make a good football coach? Would you want him to manage your club?