He will long be remembered as the "Nearly Man".
Plenty of ability, but not the IQ to make the most of it.
Always outspoken - to the extreme - and it was no surprise to hear him on Talksport say that Callum McManaman was a saint rather than a sinner,
Football fans reacted with dismay when McManaman got off without any punishment from the FA, who said they couldn't hand out a ban because an official had seen the incident.
John Barnes: "I don't think he should be charged at all. I think he's been very harshly treated.
"Tackles like that happen every single day, in every single league, at least 60/70 times. At least."
Three questions for Mr Barnes .
1) So 70 players end up in hospital every day?
2) 70 players see their careers on the line?
3) Do Talksport pay you in pies (you fat bastard)?
Source: Newcastle United Mad