The Fleetwood Town manager previously claimed his players were better than Sunderland's 'man for man'.
Sunderland fans are reacting to Joey Barton's claims he would have already had the Mackems promoted had he been in charge at the Stadium of Light.
Barton, who played for Sunderland's local rivals, Newcastle United, is currently managing the Wearsiders' League One competitors, Fleetwood Town.
Speaking to Fleetwood Today on Thursday, the Liverpudlian said: "It is two (up) automatic and one by the play-offs. Everyone judges those sides as being successful but, let’s be honest, if I had Sunderland’s budget I’d have them up by this point."
Earlier in the season, however, Barton claimed, via the Sunderland Echo, that his side were better than the Mackems, "man for man".
And this is what those of a Sunderland persuasion have had to say in response to the Liverpudlian's latest comments...
He should have Fleetwood up if this was true! The prat chats absolute rubbish! Opens his mouth and let’s the wind rattle his tongue about pic.twitter.com/9HNkdMQ0wB— Craig Lisgo (@CraigLisgo) 4 April 2019
I’d rather getting f@%king relegated than have him in charge so it’s just as well @Joey7Barton— Phil Simpson (@PhilSimp88) 4 April 2019
He must have forgotten his geordieness he won't get the chance to ever achieve it— charlie taylor (@1charlie29) 4 April 2019
Joey Barton as Sunderland manager never in a million years !!! and no he would not have us promoted by now cos he would be fighting with his own players and stubbing cigars out in peoples faces.— Ray (@Raymond52479726) 4 April 2019
He could not clean ross's shoes never mind be our manager— michael readymarcher (@michael_readyma) 5 April 2019
He wouldn't. He would have cost us a fortune in fines and antagonised both his own players and opponents— Peter Burton (@ThePeterBurton) 4 April 2019
Poor man's Roy Keane without the CV to back it up— Tracy (@tracysweettweet) 4 April 2019
what a load of bollocks that man talks..never rated him as a footballer never mind a manager...— rob roy (@BlueboyPotts) 4 April 2019
Fleetwood currently trail third-in-the-table Sunderland by seven places and 21 points, despite having played a game more than Jack Ross's team.
The pair drew 1-1 at the Stadium of Light earlier in the season, and meet at Highbury on the campaign's penultimate weekend.
Barton spent four years on Newcastle's books, in which time he helped the Magpies to promotion as Championship winners.
Would any Sunderland fans take Barton as manager?
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