Joey Barton reacts on Twitter to John Carver interview, defends coaching ability

The free agent midfielder says the 50-year-old put on good training sessions during his time at Newcastle United.

Joey Barton enjoyed former Newcastle manager John Carver's appearance on Goals on Sunday this weekend, light-heartedly joking about it on Twitter after the show.

Carver appeared on the show alongside another former coach in Steve Stone.

More importantly, though, the former Newcastle midfielder also defended Carver's coaching ability.

Indeed, Barton says the 50-year-old put on high-tempo training sessions during his time with the Magpies, where he was a coach for many years. He then stepped up to take over as head coach and Newcastle almost suffered relegation in the disastrous aftermath.

The Tyneside outfit narrowly stayed up but owner Mike Ashley didn't make the - what would have surely been fatal - mistake of keeping Carver on board beyond the summer.

As for his 'managerial skills,' Barton isn't so much sitting on the fence as simply refusing to state the obvious. As all Newcastle fans know, he had none.

But whether the St James' Park outfit will considerably improve under Steve McClaren is yet to be seen. It's been another mediocre start to a Premier League season for the Magpies. And next up in the league are Manchester United and Arsenal...

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