Piers Morgan for the Mail Online: It’s easy for people like me, who grew up in a safe, middle-class Sussex village, to sneer at Joey Barton

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A few thoughts on last night’s Question Time…

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There was a fair bit of coverage in the run up to my appearance on last night’s Question Time wasn’t there?  Me and Piers Morgan having a bit of banter with each other on Twitter was a big cause of that, but I think another part of it was because there was someone on the panel from a non party political background. Someone without a PR script to follow. Someone who would just say what they actually think. Obviously, that comes with some pitfalls. I’m not a trained public speaker, and if I’m honest I was more nervous in the minutes before my appearance last night than I was standing in the tunnel at Wembley for the play-off final. So here are three of points of clarification…

Four ugly girls



Those ‘pre-match nerves’ probably account for me getting off to a jittery start, and making that comment about four ugly girls. I’ve apologised for that and people have said what they’ve got to say.

What I was trying to get at was that if the voting public are given a choice of four unappealing possibilities, there is no great victory in being the least unappealing. That is what UKIP are to me. And I see the large share of the votes they received in the European elections was just an attempt by British voters to get those unappealing possibilities to tidy themselves up a little bit. After all only 1 in 10 voted for UKIP. Not as overwhelming as everyone’s claiming.

The Chilcot Inquiry



Tricky one this, and for me it has echoes of the Hillsborough enquiry, but if two world leader’s are going to negotiate the terms for sending British people to their deaths on foreign shores, those conversations should be made available for scrutiny. If we are going to do justice to the dead and the families of the dead, we must have full disclosure – giving us ‘the gist’ isn’t enough.

Piers Morgan is alright



Had a good time with him over dinner. Actually agreed on a fair few things. #tallyho

You can see the whole thing here…


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Metro: England’s big critic is now this charming fan

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Mirror: Joey Barton named ‘Straight Ally of the Year’

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l’Equipe: Joey Barton on the Hillsborough tragedy

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BBC Radio 5 Live transcript and audio

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If you didn’t get a chance to catch my interview with Sir Clive Woodward on Thursday, here’s another chance to do so. I’ve pulled out some key quotes, however, if you’d like to hear the full interview, just scroll to the bottom of the page.

On England not developing players:

JB: We love a manager. I don’t think Sir Alex Ferguson is not a coach I say that based on the fact that I have spoken to a number of people who have played for him and they say that if he tried to put a cone out it was embarrassing.

But he was a great man-manager with great energies in other areas and he would delegate jobs he was not great at, like bringing in coaches like Archie Knox, Steve McClaren, Brian Kidd and Rene Muelensteen.

But we’re not asking the big question: what is his legacy? People tell me ‘look at the great coaches he’s produced – Roy Keane, Steve Bruce, Mark Hughes’. Are they great coaches? I don’t think they are; some of them are good managers, some of them have failed as managers.

CW: So what would you do? Can’t keep blaming the FA?

JB: I think you are up against it. Too many people within the FA have no clue about the game. People tell me Trevor Brooking is doing a great job and he may well be but every time I see him doing an interview he’s on a golf course.

He’s been in charge of development for a long time and he is not accountable. We now have a guy who I worked with called Mike Rigg who I know him and he’s another imposter if I’m honest. He’s the head of the FA’s talent identification. This is the guy whose claim to fame is finding Yaya Toure. He was playing in Barcelona and they paid 20 off million for him and paid him 200k a week – you don’t find someone playing in Barca’s first team.

CW: What would with you do with your boy?

JB: I should have signed for a coach and not for a manager and the likelihood is that if he progresses you can progresses him.

When I look at myself as a novice coach on a journey, I must help those players improve and let them get out of their own way. When I’m happy I am playing better football.

When I read about the things you did with the England and hear David Brailsford talk about he small details, the small things eventually add up to big things and in football we just think if it’s not working I will buy someone else. If you are the PL why would you have an interest in the national team doing well?

On England at the World Cup:

CW: Do you wish you were there?

JB: Of course I do but realistically the last one was the one I should have been at and I wasn’t playing well enough. Well, was I playing well enough? I am not sure…. but it never happened, whether it was quality, behavioural issues, whatever. Will it be a regret that I never got more England caps? Of course it will. But I have overachieved, just by playing the game – I know I did – given the tool kit I had and I had to work hard to get there.

I couldn’t imagine myself playing in the World Cup because what’s the point? Where is the longevity, what’s the long term plan? We are very short term in this country. We will go with a short-term plan a side that came up short at the last two major tournaments.

CW: Would your team be vastly different from the one Roy Hodgson will pick?

JB: My team wouldn’t be for this World Cup. I love Steve Gerrard and I think he is fantastic player but is he going to play in the next major championship?

CW: But surely the World Cup is about now…today

JB: I agree, but we are not going to win this World Cup. If we select all our best players we are going to come up short. When you look at the reaction of people in the camp they don’t believe they are going to win, the media don’t believe, they are bringing in psychologists to worry about penalties…. I bet when you went into a World Cup you had a fundamental belief that you could win, you were preparing a win a World Cup. When you see Greg Dyke’s reaction to the World Cup draw I’d have sacked him on the spot.

CW: Was that more about playing in the Amazon than the draw?

JB: Does it matter? What sort of message does that send. When you read the messages no one believed we can win it, so why not pick a team for the future? We can go with Gerrard and Lampard and Terry but medium term and long term is that beneficial for the game? We are in football terms losers, we hate teams and players who have success. We love the unlucky underdog – Carl Froch, George Groves situation. Froch is a world champion and won the fight but everyone was cheering for Groves.

What I have started to see with Olympians and in other sports is that they create a culture of winning. We don’t have that in football. We haven’t prepared to win the World Cup, so if we do it’s the biggest fluke of all time.

CW: But when you look at the England team – the England players – can you explain why? I look at it on paper and think ‘this is a team that should scare the opposition

JB: Our players are not world class. They are not world class. We get sucked into the hype of Premier League. We are told they are wolrd class and world class player in the PL make them look better. How many of our players are playing in the CL and getting to latter stages and dominating that competition on a consistent basis? There’s not many.

Rooney I would say is world class – Ronney, potentially, could have been world class. But when you look at him, and I love Rooney, look at his approach and mentality compared to Cristiano Ronaldo – polar opposites. Why is Ronaldo Ballon d’or winner and achieves what he achieves and Rooney doesn’t but when you see Rooney smoking cigarettes, does he live his life correctly? Is he doing everything he can to be the best player in the world because for me he is naturally a better player than Ronaldo but Ronaldo out works him and from the questions I have asked about players who have worked with both, he was in the gym, honing his game and the level of discipline he has for his profession is the reason he is where is he and Wayne Rooney isn’t and the gulf each year is getting wider and wider. If it was on talent alone, Rooney is better than him.

CW: How many footballers can show me technically how to kick a ball…could you do it?

JB: Of course, but I am analytical. Over analytical. But I know plenty who couldn’t; players who have commanded extortionate transfer fees that are now struggling. The answer is that they didn’t know what made him great, what are the basics that I have to get back to if this didn’t work. For four years of my ten years as a professional, working with the best coaches, four of the ten I learned, six years I was on auto-pilot it was like driving a car because the coaching was lazy and results orientated.

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Sir Clive Woodward interview: BBC Radio 5 Live

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My interview with Sir Clive Woodward will air on tonight’s 7:30pm slot on BBC 5
Live, so if you hold Sir Clive in the esteem as myself then I suggest you tune-in. Unsurprisingly, the  papers have already began twisting my words, but the record will be firmly straightened in tonight’s hour show.

We’ll discuss my early experiences of coaching and philosophy, and the inevitable challenge that England face in Brazil, as well as a host of other insightful topics.

If you’re tuning in, let me know your thoughts – agree or disagree, let’s hear it. Comment below or alternatively, tweet us at @CliveWoodward and @Joey7barton.

The show will be available here.

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Daily Star: Barton wins over Oxford University students

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UK’s most influential tweeters – where I rank

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Earlier today, I was named 19th in the Peer Index of the UK’s 100 most influential tweeters. Cool, I think?

Besides the slightly egotistical boost it’s given me 😉  – most might draw upon plenty of positives too. None more so, than the importance of giving the public a voice again – this is why I love it.

That point is particularly crucial at present, whilst authorities and media organisations – supposedly operating with our best intentions in mind – are full of corruption. It’s difficult to know just who we can trust. So, providing the public with an accessible way in which they can strike debate and be heard can only be a good thing.

I’m obviously pleased with my appearance in the index, as you’re probably aware, Twitter is my main source of conversation online and it’s proven a fantastic tool so far. The Hillsborough campaign I was first involved with over two years ago, encapsulates the importance of Twitter at it’s best, for me. We managed to spark an online debate and along with an e-petition, helped families of victims’ involved with the Hillsborough disaster; gain disclosure on events the authorities had hidden for over two decades. This is Twitter at full throttle.

Like most things, Twitter is by no means perfect. I’m plagued with distasteful comments on an hourly basis. I don’t get hung up on this; most times I can chuckle and scroll on.

See you over there, http://www.twitter.com/joey7barton


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My recent appearance on The Clare Balding Show

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Just over a month ago I was invited onto The Clare Balding Show along with 100m World record holder Usain Bolt and 400m London Olympics silver medalist, Christine Ohuruogu. Appearing on TV for other things opposed to football is rare, but on the few occasions I have, they’ve all been enjoyable. And appearing on Clare’s show was no exception. Emerging in front of a live studio audience may seem somewhat nervy, but along with Clare’s welcoming nature, her direct questions soon had be reliving all topics from; my time in Strangeways, growing up on Merseyside and the night that led to my arrest.

There’s a real niche in the market for such shows and the guys over at BT Sport are beginning to emerge as a serious rival to Sky Sports. If you didn’t get a chance to see the show, there’s an edited version below.

As ever on my posts, what are your thoughts? Did anything surprise you about the interview?

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The Telegraph: Footballers urged to tackle homophobia by wearing rainbow laces in their boots

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Adidas Nitrocharge – recruitment ad

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Here’s my involvement in the latest Adidas Nitrochargen ad, in which I recruited Michel as the Adidas’ Engine player.

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The Sunday Times: On Your Bike Becks

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Pre PSG News Conference

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Here’s a video from this weekend’s up and coming game with PSG. Apologies for the length, but there’s some vital points made in the video right from Beckham and QPR, to winning league and my reputation. As ever, let me know your thoughts.

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Competition: 2 Free Tickets to Sunday’s Marseille vs PSG

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Competition is now over!

Thank you to all those who entered, it was a tough decision but after much deliberation I’ve decided on the following two winners, whose tickets are now in the post;

Cedrick Marquant – What class! For a player whose proclaimed the bad reputation!

Yannick Olivier – Look Valbuena nutmegs Zlatan, then runs through his legs”


OK, so it’s competition time again, but you’d better be quick as the deadline is 10am GMT Friday February 22nd.

I’m giving away 2 free tickets to this weekend’s title clash between Marseille and PSG in Paris – entering couldn’t be easier. Simply post your suggested caption below (thought, speech or general description) in relation to the image of Gignac and myself above.

I’ll pick the overall winner from the entries below and contact you with further details. Sign in below to enter.

Good luck!

D’accord, c’est l’heure de concurrence encore une fois, mais ne laissez pas passer cette occasion – l’heure limite est le vendredi 22 février (GMT).

Je vais faire don des deux places pour l’affrontement ce weekend entre Marseille et PSG à Paris – il ne peut pas être plus facile à participer. Simplement, vouz avez besoin d’afficher une légende au-dessous de l’image de Gignac et moi (pensée, parole ou description générale).

Je vais choisir le gagneur parmi les entrants, et ferai contact avec la personne de chance! Pour entrer, veuillez connecter ci-dessous.

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Big Issue Column: This Tit-for-Tat violence has to end

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La Provence – 24 Novembre

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l’Equipe 24 Novembre

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Big Issue Column: Are we witnessing the fall of man?

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Big Issue Column: They hate it when their friends become successful

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