Is there a simple reason why Joey Barton is so critical of Everton?

Joey Barton of Burnley takes a look around the pitch prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Burnley at Goodison Park on April 15, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

The Huyton-born former player is a boyhood Everton fan.

Joey Barton of Burnley tackles Kevin Mirallas of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Burnley at Goodison Park on April 15, 2017 in Liverpool, England.Joey Barton of Burnley tackles Kevin Mirallas of Everton

It is pretty fair to say that Everton’s season has not exactly gone to plan. Despite spending big in the summer the majority of their signings have not yet excelled, the defence is leaking goals, they’re out of Europe and Ronald Koeman has been sacked.

Currently David Unsworth is in caretaker charge and the club’s hunt for a permanent replacement has been protracted and unsuccessful.

It has seen criticism come in from plenty of pundits, but particularly from the controversial former Burnley midfielder Joey Barton.

David Unsworth, Caretaker Manager of Everton looks on during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Everton at Selhurst Park on November 18, 2017 in London, England.David Unsworth, Caretaker Manager of Everton 

He has made his feelings on Unsworth very clear in recent weeks whilst the players have not been immune from his stick either.

But is there a simple reason why Barton is being so harsh on Everton? The Huyton-born lad, who spent some time with the Everton academy in his youth, is a self-proclaimed Evertonian. Since he was a young boy he has been an Everton fan and seeing his club seemingly directionless clearly has frustrated him.

Joey Barton of Burnley takes a look around the pitch prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Burnley at Goodison Park on April 15, 2017 in Liverpool, England.Joey Barton

Just like the local fan down the pub or in the chip shop he is simply venting his frustrations at what he sees is the mismanagement and under-performance of his side. The fact he is doing it in his own uncompromising style is down to his own personality.

Everton fans may not agree with everything he says, but isn’t football all about opinions? Barton is simply a disgruntled fan, of which there are many at Goodison Park this season.

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