Joey Barton has given his opinion on Newcastle United appointing Steve McClaren.

The former United midfielder comments regularly on events at St James Park, although many of them are ripping apart the way Mike Ashley is running the club.

On this occasion though, whilst Joey Barton doesn’t directly credit Ashley, he is full of praise for the decision to give Steve McClaren the NUFC Head Coach job.

Joey Barton via Twitter:

“Very shrewd appointment by Newcastle. Great coach Steve. He has all the qualities needed to succeed there. How do Toon fans feel about it?”

The new Newcastle United Head coach most recently worked with Barton when he helped out with coaching at QPR for a brief spell in 2013 before taking the job at Derby County.

Interestingly, Steve McClaren was also the man who gave Joey Barton his one and only senior cap for England, the former Newcastle midfielder playing in a friendly against Spain back in February 2007.

Earlier this week Barton  had this to say about talk of Charlie Austin potentially coming to St James Park, hopefully McClaren’s appointment will be the spur for him to encourage the in demand striker that Newcastle is by far the right place to come.

Joey Barton:

“I spent four years up there (Newcastle United) and the only issue for him, is maybe a little bit of instability going on around the place.

“Will they be the best opportunity for him, if he decides to leave QPR?

What’s it like?:

“Would they provide a more stable environment for him to kick on to that next level?

“He’s getting married towards the end of the month (June) and no doubt I will have a conversation with him – he is always asking questions like ‘what’s it like there?’.”