Sunderland fans are reacting to Joey Barton's claims he'd have Mackems promoted already

Sunderland fans during the Sky Bet League One match between Wycombe Wanderers and Sunderland at Adams Park on March 9, 2019 in High Wycombe, United Kingdom.

The Fleetwood Town manager previously claimed his players were better than Sunderland's 'man for man'.

Fleetwood Town's Manager Joey Barton during the Sky Bet League One match between Coventry City and Fleetwood Town at The Ricoh Arena on March 12, 2019 in Coventry, United Kingdom.

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...










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.

Joey Barton of Newcastle United takes his shirt off at full-time following the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Newcastle United at Stadium of Light on August 20, 2011...

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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