Premier League - Barton tells Warnock to 'shut it'

Fri, 20 Jan 16:54:00 2012

Joey Barton has launched an amazing attack on Neil Warnock, telling the former QPR manager to "shut it" and comparing him to hapless film character Mike Bassett.

Queens Park Rangers' Manager Neil Warnock (left) and Joey Barton discuss tactics before the game against Fulham. - 0

Barton's comments came after Warnock blamed Twitter for his sacking and hinted that the playmaker was a negative influence at Loftus Road.

Warnock told the BBC that the club's owner Tony Fernandes was "slowly poisoned" by opinion - from inside and outside the club - on the social networking site, and said he did not want to discuss Barton as "I just want to talk about positive things at the club".

Barton took to his favourite medium to respond with a blistering assault on Warnock, who made the midfielder club captain, referring to him as Bassett, an out-of-his-depth football manager who becomes England boss.

He also claimed new manager Mark Hughes has superior tactical and organisational skills to Warnock.

Barton tweeted: "If I talked about Neil, he'd do well to get another job. Twitter cost him his job???? I can think of a million other things! #shutitwarnock"

"Neil Warnock saying I talk to (sic) much. Now that is funny #mikebassett... Lost his job and the guy is blaming everyone but himself! Embarrassing, time to look in the mirror mate. Last thing we need right. Big week... Looking forward to the game against Wigan tomo. 1st time in a while we actually have a plan and seem organised. #3ptsneeded"

Barton returns to the Rangers team for the vital relegation clash after missing three matches through suspension.

Warnock had said: "Tony (Fernandes), who's the one really who sacked me, I know the influence that he'll have had from certain people in the last few weeks will have been difficult to resist."

"People get on the phone and tweet every five or 10 minutes, and it's almost like slowly poisoning somebody, from outside the club and no doubt from within the club as well. It's a dangerous precedent if you let players talk to chairmen, but you can't stop Twitter and things like that.

"When you have a run of results like we had and you're not involved in football and you get people in your ear – agents, for example – tweeting him about players... there's some clever and manipulative people. I've no bitterness towards it. It's just how things go.

"I think you get used to a certain way of doing things but he is so far away, all over the world. I'm not a communicator by tweet, I'm afraid, so I was always going to be the last to know."

Jonathan Symcox - on Twitter @jonathansymcox / Eurosport

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