Joey Barton 'blacklisted by football clubs' as controversy rages on amid Eni Aluko criticism

Joey Barton 'blacklisted by football clubs' as controversy rages on amid Eni Aluko criticism

WATCH NOW: Reaction as Joey Barton goes on another blistering attack

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway


Published: 17/01/2024

- 12:52

The 41-year-old is refusing to back down on his controversial views

Joey Barton has reportedly been blacklisted by a number of English Football League clubs as he continues to air his outspoken views.

The 41-year-old has launched attacks on the likes of Eni Aluko, Laura Woods and Alex Scott over the last few weeks.


Just last night, Aluko revealed she had fled the country and was considering legal action against Barton.

The former Manchester City star didn't seem bothered, however, and accused Aluko of 'playing the victim card'.

Joey Barton

Joey Barton has reportedly been blacklisted by football clubs for his offensive comments

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Now, according to The Athletic, a number of EFL clubs have blacklisted Barton.

One team keeps a database designed to monitor potential managers for the future.

Individuals are said to be 'marked and categorised'. But Barton reportedly is in a tab of his own, named 'do not touch'.

One senior figure at the club in question was asked if Barton would ever be considered for one of their managerial vacancies.

They supposedly responded by saying: "Not a chance."

A League One director, whose name is withheld, said that Barton has gone too far with his comments.

“He was damaged goods before this but he’s burned his boats now,” they're quoted as saying.

Another chairman of a lower-league side has a similar stance on the former midfielder, who played once for England.

“Would never have touched him before all this stuff and certainly wouldn’t now,” they said.

Another added: “We wouldn’t consider him for any role. Really unpleasant."

A League One director, whose name is withheld, said that Barton has gone too far with his comments.

“He was damaged goods before this but he’s burned his boats now,” they're quoted as saying.

Another chairman of a lower-league side has a similar stance on the former midfielder, who played once for England.

“Would never have touched him before all this stuff and certainly wouldn’t now,” they said.

Another added: “We wouldn’t consider him for any role. Really unpleasant."

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Joey Barton has continued to tirade against Eni Aluko

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They added: “He can be there on the surface for so long that sometimes people believe he’s got a normal functioning mind.

“And that he’s thoughtful and a bit misunderstood. But he will always revert to type at some point.

“He has this ultimate belief in himself and his views and that’s how he carries himself.

"He’s said managers have been wrong, players, owners, but he’s not often admitted that himself.”

But the former team-mate does think that Barton could yet return to football if he apologises for the offence he's caused.

Joey Barton

Joey Barton's chances of returning to football management hang in the balance as he continues to air his views on social media

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“Annoyingly, I think he’s probably only one apology away from being granted an opportunity to rehabilitate himself," they said.

“He’s got a lot of years to apologise and if he does then there’s probably another job for him.

"He won’t have changed his mind, but he might change his delivery.

"I’m not sure anyone ever gets cancelled now.

"They just have a change of audience.”

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