Joey Barton has enjoyed a ‘lively’ relationship with Sunderland fans down the years.

In his time at Newcastle United, he wasn’t shy of winding them up.

Even in these seven years since leaving St James Park, Barton has given at least as good as he has got when exchanging ‘banter’ on social media with Sunderland fans.

Looking ahead to his first season as a manager (head coach), Joey Barton has managed to do it again.

Although his comments don’t appear to be that bad, at least to normal people.

Joey Barton speaking to official Fleetwood Town site:

“League One is a very very competitive league, incredibly tough environment.

“Some massive clubs in League One next season.

“The likes of your Sunderland, who will still be on a kind of parachute payment structure.

“So looking forward to, as a former Newcastle player, to certainly test my tactical wits against the might of Sunderland.”

However, as you can see below, the mackems have read plenty mischief into Barton’s comments, enjoy.

Sunderland fans react via their Ready To Go (on to League Two) message board:

‘Everyone remember he just said that.

Imagine f….ing Fleetwood town and their 27 fans turning up to a 50,000 seater stadium with the lads singing loud and proud beating the f…ing scumbag.’

‘Shame he didn’t want to test himself against the might of Dickson Etuhu the coward.’

‘Oh no, the tactical genius is going to do the 5-1 sign, its devastating to know those 2 numbers add up to 6.’

‘He’s an ex-mag, so it goes with the territory .

Those 1100+/- tickets for Fleetwood away will be like gold dust now.

Perfect scenario : lads win 4-0 away and condemn Fleetwood to an 8th successive defeat ensuring the sack the following morning.

We can but dream…..’

‘So, are Fleetwood our rivals now?’

‘Rivals…..No.

A little added spice to the match….Yes.

So add the above with a very small allocation, first visit to the ground and an easy/reachable journey, it will make the limited tickets available that but more sought after.

I for one will be singing “maggie reject, maggie reject” with a little more passion then usual.’

‘Hopefully he’s hit by a large vehicle before then.’

‘We should sign Gibson back up.’

‘Hopefully sacked by then.’

‘How’s that obsessed?

He’s factually correct, in case you hadn’t realised we are in League One, the same league as Fleetwood Town.

No need for the billy big bollocks attitude.’

‘Give it a rest mate, he has done nothing but slag our fans off for years.

You are right no need for his Billy Big Bollox attitude, he is manager of Fleetwood town, why is he so concerned about The Lads and the Skunks?’

‘We should be smashing teams like that.’

‘So he has made a comment designed to provoke a reaction which he has got.

Probably won’t happen, as I think Sunderland will win the league, but how will you react if Fleetwood hammer Sunderland in both games?’

‘Tin hat on, I hated the fella but I think he comes across alright, tells it how it is.’

‘He gets on well with Sean Dyche so I can see a few Burnley young uns going there. He will be a nightmare to play for.

Nobody likes a clever bast… but a thick bast… who thinks he is clever is even worse.’

‘Wouldn’t mind testing my steamroller driving skills on him.’

‘Dear me. Trying to wind 5under1and fans up is literally the highlight of his career.’

‘Didn’t we pelt him last time he was at the scum, hoyed everything at him

Certain the polis told him to stop warming up near the SWC

For his own safety.’

‘A simple minded radgepacket with Google Quotes who thinks he’s an intellectual. I hope bad things happen to him every day of his life.’

‘Tbf I heard him interviewed the other morning and he never had a dig at us at all, just said it was unthinkable a few years ago for Fleetwood fans to be visiting a stadium like the SoL for a league game.’

‘He’d probably sign for us if we paid him.

Irrelevant person.’

Barton is a disaster waiting to happen.’

‘The bloke is seeking attention …lets not give him it chaps.’

‘Can’t believe this clown’s got a job in management. Hope he fails miserably.’



  • Peaky

    There’s some right little 💩💩💩’s on that photo up top.

    • WildBill

      Is it the school holidays already?

      Sunderland fans? It’s form 4B on the school outing isn’t it? Junior SMB’s. None story though. You can tell it’s summer.

  • David2211

    Amusing? No.
    Boring? Absolutely.

  • robbersdog

    Some good insults in there – simple minded radgepacket being my favourite.
    And I see that a couple of those guys want to murder him, which seems a bit extreme.

  • JonMag

    Dikheads

  • Mike

    50k seater stadium? Have i missed something…….what was their average crowd last season an I didnt know the SOS held 50k? when was the last time they had a crowd?

    • Kneebotherm8

      There’ll be 27 Fleetwood fans in their 50000 seater stadium……..and about 500 mackems………..its ganna look pretty sparse..

    • 1957

      I remember Bob Murray claiming he wouldn’t leave Sunderland until he had one more seat than SJP at the SOS, maybe he did it and didn’t tell the world… more likely though numeracy isn’t the strong point of the kid who posted the comment.

  • Dillon Tovak

    ‘Oh no, the tactical genius is going to do the 5-1 sign, its devastating to know those 2 numbers add up to 6.’

    🤦🏻‍♂️ Is that really an attempt at a dig? 😂😂

  • Liam Hogg

    All those kids in the photo pointing and shouting at there uncle, who also happens to be their dad

  • Toon

    Only a loser goes on to Sunderland websites to copy and paste comments to an NUFC website. Sunderland fans actually laugh at this sad obsession, this is embarrassing to NUFC, The Mag is a joke

    • Leazes.

      The daily ‘Graham Porter Reacts’ column

    • Nart

      So don’t read it then, simple. Negative fans like you are an embarrassment to NUFC.

  • TheNutJob

    Good old Joey
    😂😂
    reading owt aboot the Mackem`s gives me headaches

  • TheFatController

    ‘We should be smashing teams like that…’

    Is that humility and awareness they didn’t last season, or a return to the ‘we’ll “make mincemeat” of this league’ of 12 months’ ago…?

  • Scott Robinson

    ‘Fleetwood town and their 27 fans turning up to a 50,000 seater stadium with the lads singing loud’, yup 27 Fleetwood macs making more racket than Sunlan’ fans. I guess there will be more Fleetwood fans at SOL than Sunlan at Fleetwood; not bad for a population of 26k!

  • Coach Clagnut

    Looks as if the sixinarows are giving it the Di Canio salute.

  • Geordiegiants

    Class player for us, I would put money on him being a prem manger some day.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    The most frightening thing about the whole thing is how easy your club can fall to the point that you end up playing Fleetwood Town.
    No offence to Fleetwood but it must stick in the craw when you see your fixture list for the coming campaign with that moniker next to yours !

  • Ram Kishore

    Tbf I heard him interviewed the other morning and he never had a dig at us at all, just said it was unthinkable a few years ago for Fleetwood fans to be visiting a stadium like the SoL for a league game.’
    The interview given by Barton is being inflated too much
    One sensible Sunderland supporter..
    Most of them as stupid as the writer of this article