Barton For Man Utd - 'It Would Be The Making Of Him'

15 August 2011 05:41
Former England striker Jimmy Greaves says Man Utd could save Joey Barton's career. Jimmy Greaves: If I had been given the reins at a Premier League club this summer, the first thing I would have done is BAN Twitter. I am all for freedom of speech. But footballers are not the brightest – and they say some daft things. "Joey Barton might just be one of the few who could win a round or two on a TV game show, but why he feels the need to go on Twitter to air his every thought is a mystery to me. "In fact, why anyone wants to tell the public, 'just been to the khazi again, too much coffee this morning', is beyond me. "So if I was in charge I’d say: 'Look, lads, we’re going to stop this for everybody’s protection. We want a bit of privacy within the club. We’re not going to ban freedom of speech, just don’t do it yourself on Twitter.' "Sure as anything, these twits will come a cropper – they are guaranteed to say something that no one at their club wants to hear. And people outside the game are more likely to take things the wrong way. "And I don’t care what people say, Twitter is not a great way for fans to interact with their heroes, either. A lot of people say players have lost touch with fans these days but I don’t see this as a way of redressing that, it’s just feeding the peasants a few crumbs. "To be fair to Barton, I have always admired him as a footballer. He has been a really good player and could have been a lot better if he’d had the right attitude. He has done some stupid things – we all have – and it’s a shame because he is underestimated as a player and has real ability. "The one manager I am surprised lets his players go on Twitter is Alex Ferguson. Funnily enough, there has been talk of Manchester United interest in Barton and it would not surprise me if he ended up there. I believe it would be the making of him – it’s the one place where Barton would know from the start who’s boss."