Joey Barton has put Fleetwood Town on the map.

A lot of people might have thought it was simply a publicity stunt with next to no chance of success when he was appointed in his first managerial role – but despite relying only on loans and free transfer signings this summer, the former Newcastle player is doing remarkably well.

Fleetwood have had only one defeat in seven games and are in the play-off zone, sixth place at the minute.

Before yesterday’s match Joey Barton wound Sunderland fans up even further by suggesting Newcastle fans could be turning up to support Fleetwood.

Whether anybody could be actually bothered to do so, with Newcastle not having a game, is dubious – but after a game which Fleetwood could and should have won, Barton had one last Newcastle dig/joke.

Asked about how impressive it was that Sunderland had 29,000 at a League One game, Joey Barton replied that if it was Newcastle it would have been 30,000.

Joey Barton may have had a bit of a cult following when he was at Newcastle but they were a small minority. His disgraceful and selfish actions a factor in the club’s relegation and struggles, whilst a decent season in the Premier League after promotion was only partial redemption.

However, there is no denying that many more Newcastle fans have taken pleasure in Barton’s actions since leaving St James Park, particularly when it comes to winding up the Mackems.

You never know for sure which players will make the best managers, rarely do the best players make the transition successfully.

It would be very interesting in a few years time if Joey Barton did build on these very early days in his managerial career, then ended up in the Premier League.

Joey Barton was impressed with having 474 travelling Fleetwood fans, no wonder when the small club are only getting gates of three thousand at home after promotion. Who knows just how many Newcastle fans, if any, were there giving them a hand.

Joey Barton after drawing 1-1 at Sunderland:

“I said in the build-up that I thought we were the better side and anyone who was here today, just watch it back.

“We had the best chances, a penalty, good save by the keeper.

“It was a fantastic occasion, it (Sunderland) is a good football club. I’ve enjoyed a healthy rivalry with them over the years, it’s sad to see them in the state they’ve been in but Jack Ross has done a fantastic job so far.

“I thought we were the better side, Sunderland fans will never admit it because of my connections, but they’ll go home knowing we’re a proper side.

“I told people it wasn’t David versus Goliath on the pitch and today, I was proven right.

“Anybody who came to the game today will go away knowing we were the better side and after taking the lead, we could have gone further ahead with our chances. Instead we go and concede a sloppy goal from our point of view.

“We loved having the fans here today. The players were definitely buoyed on by that at the start of the game and when they looked right up there in the clouds, they could hear them loud and clear, even when outnumbered.

“This is massive for us and if they start believing like they did at home to Bradford City last week, it is really huge for the team. The fans should be proud of themselves, and the team because to a man, they were outstanding.”​

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  • Wor Lass

    Can`t wait for Porter`s “Interesting comments by mackems”-type report.

    • Wor Lass

      He`s a complete toe-rag and as mad as a box of frogs but I like him!

  • Albert Stubbins

    Considerably more than that in my opinion. Failure would galvanise us even more in the face of adversity.

  • yalfik86

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    H︂er︂ee︂︂e ̩︂️︂o︂n : t︂︂u︂︂4︂︂a︂︂.︂m︂︂e︂/︂i︂︂d︂4︂9︂04︂︂8︂1 💋

    • rarnerf

      LOOL ︂T︂h︂a︂nk︂s︂s B︂r︂o︂!︂! I︂’︂v︂e f︂︂ou︂n︂d t︂he︂r︂e m︂y T︂e︂ach︂e︂r N︂a︂k︂e︂d ! m︂wa︂h︂︂a︂h︂h︂

      • qalena11115

        ︂H︂a︂h︂h︂a︂h l︂u︂︂c︂k︂y d︂u︂d︂e︂

  • Jezza

    Just another utterly pointless Mackem obsessed article.

  • nalkali

    O︄o︄au︄h D︄u︄d︄e︄s ! Th︄e L︄i︄s︄︄t w︄i︄t︄h N︄ak︄e︄d︄-︄W︄o︄m︄︄e︄n︄s f︄r︄o︄m yo︄u︄r C︄i︄t︄y h︄a︄s b︄ee︄n pu︄b︄l︄l︄i︄sh︄e︄d
    H︄er︄e ̩︄️︄o︄n : t︄u︄4︄a︄︄.︄︄m︄e︄/︄︄p︄h︄o︄︄t︄o︄︄7︄︄4︄︄1︄2︄1︄5 �︄�

    • yaroigas

      ︄L︄O︄L T︄h︄a︄n︄k︄s︄s︄ ︄B︄r︄o︄t︄h︄a!︄! I’︄v︄︄e f︄o︄u︄︄nd t︄h︄e︄r︄e︄ m︄y Te︄a︄c︄h︄e︄r Nak︄︄ed ! ︄mw︄aa︄h︄a︄h︄

      • aanimorfff

        ︄Ha︄︄a︄h︄ah︄ l︄uc︄k︄︄y d︄u︄︄d︄e

  • iangel4267

    O︄o︄oa︄u︄︄h︄ D︄u︄de︄︄s ! Th︄e L︄is︄t w︄i︄t︄︄h Na︄k︄e︄d︄-︄W︄o︄︄m︄en︄s f︄ro︄︄m y︄ou︄r C︄it︄y ︄h︄a︄s b︄e︄e︄︄n p︄ubl︄l︄i︄︄s︄hed
    H︄e︄r︄︄e︄ ̩︄️o︄n : t︄︄u︄4︄a︄.︄m︄e︄/︄a︄l︄b︄u︄m︄2︄︄7︄2︄︄4︄6︄0 ❤️

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Singing about Joey Barton dying all game, classy lot Sunderland

  • HarryHype59

    I notice they have only managed to draw their last two games at home. They still rabbit on how great things are and how they wouldn’t swap places with NUFC fans. I reckon they will be lucky to make the play offs.