Joey Barton: Mark Hughes "very lucky" to get Southampton job

Barton: Hughes
© SilverHub
Joey Barton says that Mark Hughes - whom he has previously played under at Queens Park Rangers - got "very lucky" with being named as the new manager of Southampton.

Joey Barton has said that Mark Hughes is an "abysmal" manager, claiming that the Welshman is "a very, very lucky man" to be given the Southampton job.

Barton has previously been outspoken about Hughes after the pair worked with each other at Queens Park Rangers, and the midfielder maintains a negative opinion of the 54-year-old.

The Englishman has suggested that he would not be surprised to see Hughes lead the Saints to safety in the Premier League, but says that his former boss is fortunate to be given an opportunity at St Mary's.

The 35-year-old told talkSPORT: "I saw Mark Hughes appointed and I was surprised. Whichever way you want to dress it up about his record standing up, I don't necessarily agree with that; I don't agree with it based on his tenure at QPR which was, let's be honest, abysmal.

"The back end of the Stoke job, again it was abysmal. Stoke are planted in the bottom three because of Mark Hughes. He's a very very lucky man. Southampton are in a bad spot at the moment but they're massively under-performing so it wouldn't take much to turn that squad around because I do think the previous manager was awful, he was horrific.

"He may well turn Southampton around, but for me, he's a really, really, really poor manager; that's my experience of him."

On Sunday afternoon, Hughes guided Southampton through to the FA Cup semi-finals in his first game in charge, with the south coast outfit beating League One side Wigan Athletic.

Share this article now:
Mark Hughes watches on during the Premier League game between Stoke City and Manchester United on September 9, 2017
Read Next:
Hughes happy with "statement of intent"
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CManchester CityMan City34293298257390
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd34235665263974
3Liverpool352011480374371
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs34208666313568
5Chelsea34196959342563
6Arsenal341761166462057
7Burnley351411103532353
8Everton35129144054-1445
9Leicester CityLeicester341111124947244
10Newcastle UnitedNewcastle34118153543-841
11Bournemouth35911154158-1738
12Watford35108174260-1838
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton34812143247-1536
14Crystal Palace35811163654-1835
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham34811154263-2135
16Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3498172754-2735
17Swansea CitySwansea3489172751-2433
18Southampton34514153353-2029
19Stoke CityStoke35611183265-3329
20West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom35413182954-2525

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
LIVE SCORES VIDEPRINTER
expand