Joey Barton is not intelligent. I’m really not sure why people listen when he talks. But this is an Everton blog and he said something about our manager that that caused our manager to get asked about him so here I am, talking about one of the most useless people in the world of football.
One of the most frustrating things about Barton is that he taunts us with his cover photo on Twitter:
I wish we could enjoy some silence, Joey. I wish you’d be quiet long enough for us to be able to really savor the absence of you polluting football punditry with your insubstantial nonsense.
But instead, Barton decides to declare via talkSPORT that Unsworth is a “glorified PE teacher who shouldn't be in charge of a men's team.”
Okay, first of all, let’s pick the low hanging fruit. Why does it have to be a men’s team? Does it take lesser qualifications to coach a women’s team? I am very unclear as to why this was worded the way that it was.
Also, apparently, Unsworth doesn’t look like a manger, according to Barton. Which is actually a really great point. I can’t really tell the difference between Rafa Benitez, Pep Guardiola, Jupp Heynckes and Zinedine Zidane. They all have that quintessential ‘manager’ look.
He also took shots at Rhino’s on-pitch mobility during his playing career, as if that has any bearing whatsoever on the current state of affairs.
Look, I’m willing to
bet (oh wait, sorry, Joey) wager (no, not that one) say? (there we go) that intelligent sports commentators can find plenty wrong with Unsworth’s team selection from the weekend.
After all, that XI was very full of guys who an over-idealistic Toffee-to-his-bone manager might think have some special ability to perform together because they are dyed in the wool Evertonians.
Analysts may even ask whether playing former teammates over record signings is a form of nepotism. These things can be both speculative and also interactive with the actual facts of the situation at hand, instead of simply making fun of a guy’s appearance and vaguely questioning his credentials in a way potentially demeaning to women’s soccer.
I’ve got questions for Rhino after this game, but as far as Joey Barton is concerned, I’m with coach: “Anything Joey Barton says, I couldn’t care less.”