Would the midfielder and the Leeds United owner have been a combustible combination?
Shortly after Leeds United announced that Uwe Rosler was no longer in charge at Elland Road, alleged former target Joey Barton made his feelings abundantly clear on social media, suggesting that Whites owner Massimo Cellino was looking for miracles.
Back in May, the Sun claimed Cellino wanted to bring Rosler to Leeds to add some much-needed experience to the centre of the park, with the Italian reportedly willing to pay the one-time England international £1million a year to sign on.
That move never materialised, with Barton ultimately signing for Championship rivals Burnley, but when you consider the 33-year-old’s recent comments would he really have slotted seamlessly into a club overseen by Cellino?
After all, Barton is known for speaking his mind, as he did after Rosler was sacked when he tweeted, “What’s going on at Leeds, man? Great club; deserve better than this. No quick fixes in this game. Not sure what he (Cellino) is looking for #miracles.”
Had Barton arrived at Leeds could he really have stayed quiet while he watched one manager replaced by another in what it becoming something of a non-stop merry-go-round?
As good as Barton would have been for Leeds on the field, as much of a fighter as he is, the traits that make him so effective could also have seen him at loggerheads with Cellino.
Barton is right: there are no quick fixes in football and patience is often the key. But Leeds fans continue to see one man replaced by another because the one at the top is still searching for that impossible immediate solution.