Joey Barton on coaching: 'I can get the best out of players'

Joey Barton applauds fans as he is substituted

Joey Barton has contemplated going into coaching after retirement.

Joey Barton applauds fans as he is substituted

Joey Barton, speaking at the Cheltenham Literary Festival, has admitted that his future may be in coaching.

Most football players retire from the game and consider life after the games with limited but ubiquitous coaching roles and media jobs.

Barton is sure he would be a success as a coach.

"Do I think I could help people in the future in terms of the future in terms of helping players unlock the potential they have? Yeah, I clearly do," said Barton.

"I have spoken about it in the book and it is clearly something that I care about when you have spent as long as I have [been] playing football it is something that you have to clearly dedicate a huge part of your life to."

He also states that he would have to assess how any potential jobs would affect his family.

Burnley's Joey Barton celebrates promotion to the premier league

Barton said: "I have already started the ball rolling and it is something that as I say I think I'd be really good at but the difficulty lies in that I am a father of two young kids, and my priority in life is not to be an absent father but someone that is in the house.

"And doing the profession I have there is a lot of hours spent at training grounds and away from home. So to stop that you need to move your family around again.

"You go where the work is as a player and do it again as a coach and to do it as a manager in such a volatile business it can be really selfish in terms of you putting down roots somewhere."

With opinions like Bartons, doors seem to open slightly wider for him than for contemporaries and his pontifical, if not polarising, views are also a surefire way to gain ratings.

Rangers' Joey Barton in action with Burnley's Dean Marney

He also suggests that doing media work for some of the leading national broadcasters is a great way to make easy money and steal a living.

"There is a lot of easy money to be made in the media these days by just regurgitated stereotypical quotes and you regurgitate it and you get loads of money.

"So there is an easy profession somewhere. I shouldn’t say that because I may do myself out of work."

The former QPR and Manchester City midfielder vehemently insists he has many playing years ahead of him and that is fully focused fullfilling those requirements before he looks further a field.

"But I have to retire first and regardless of what you read in the newspaper that is a long way away, and then sit down with the family and have a discussion."

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