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…










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.

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