Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony has told the Scottish Sun that a "very good" career in management possibly awaits Rangers midfielder Joey Barton when he hangs up his boots.
The 33-year-old is in the final years of his career and joined Rangers on a free transfers this summer, after helping Burnley win Premier League promotion last term.
The former Newcastle United and Manchester City ace has stood out for his leadership qualities during his professional career, while his outspoken and no-nonsense approach away from the field has made him something of a spicy character.
He certainly commands respect and it was reported by The Mail in 2013 that Barton enrolled in a UEFA A license course, perhaps indicating his intentions to swap the pitch for the dugout one day.
And the Peterborough chairman has not only suggested that he would take to management like a duck to water, but MacAnthony has intimated that he might want Barton at London Road one day in a managerial capacity.
“I can see Joey becoming a manager, and I certainly wouldn’t have a problem with him," he told The Scottish Sun. “If he is doing his badges, and with his experience and contacts, he could become a very good manager.
“What I especially like about Joey is he can back up his words. I’m always keeping an eye on up-and-coming managers and players. I think as a chairman I have to do that.
“Grant McCann’s a good manager for us. I’m very happy with him. But who knows what the future holds, you’ve got to have a knowledge of who’s doing what elsewhere.”