Bristol Rovers REMOVE Joey Barton’s rant from their website as Paul Tisdale threatens legal action over comments about their old managers.
The Gas have removed footage of their manager’s pre-match press conference from their website following the threat made by Tisdale.
Barton came in to replace Tisdale after the former Exeter City and MK Dons manager was given the sack back in February, and ahead of Bristol Rovers’ defeat to Sunderland on the 27th of March he labelled the work of his predecessors as “negligent”.
“If they were doctors, they should certainly be struck off for what’s gone on here before,” Barton claimed. “I could show you the footage of the training sessions. They’re a farce. It wasn’t done correctly.
“Two-and-a-half-hour sessions on a Friday — what chance have the lads got? It’s like having a 15-round spar the night before you have a 12-round scrap.
“It’s because they don’t know what it’s like to go in the ring, the Colosseum. They’ve read it in a book and they’ve done it on a course and they don’t know. It’s criminal.”
Tisdale, left angry by this, responded with the threat of legal action against Barton, and Rovers have subsequently removed the video from their YouTube channel and website.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Tisdale indicated the matter has been resolved.
The 48-year-old said: “There was no basis for these allegations and I’m pleased that the club has decided to take Joey’s comments off its website.
“I wish Joey and the club all the best.”
Tisdale finished the season in an advisory role at League Two Colchester United, and in recent weeks he has been linked with the England under-21s job.
Bristol Live understands the former Gas boss is also in the running for at least one managerial vacancy in League Two, meaning he could end up facing Barton on the touchline next season.
Just three weeks ago, Joey Barton made a shocking tobacco revelation in what was an astonishing criticism at his Bristol Rovers players after the third tier club’s relegation to League Two was all but confirmed after suffering a defeat to Milton Keynes Dons at the Memorial Stadium.
In a 18-minute press conference pitchside at full time, Barton called some Rovers players “fake footballers”, claiming there are “huge” levels of unprofessionalism.
“It’s going to hurt and I’m not sure if there’s enough in that dressing room that (are) hurt and that’s a huge worry,” Barton said. “I don’t think some of them understand the ramifications of having a relegation on their CV.
“We can talk all we want but once you walk across the white line you’ve got to see a good performance. They can blame a whole manner of things but as a player, it all comes down to you.
“You’ve got to be fit to do your job. A professional is someone who turns up and gets the job done, regardless of how he feels and I feel as though there are a couple of them in there who are fortunate to be professional footballers.
“In 12 months, I think some of them would be very fortunate to still be a professional, because if they don’t put in the hard yards and respect the game or your profession then you end up with what’s happened to us, which is an abject showing, and with three games to go we’re all but relegated out of the division and I don’t think some of them deserve to play for a football club with a fanbase like this.
“We’ve got to figure out over these next three games who’s going to come along on this journey and who’s going to be let go because we’re not running a charity here. Based across the last 43 games, this has looked like a bit of a charity.”
Barton, in his post-match, also revealed “double figures” players use chewing tobacco, including whilst they train.
The product, which comes from Scandanavia and is often referred to as “snus”, is illegal to sell in the UK, but not to possess or use it.
There are claims it can provide performance-enhancing benefits and relieve anxiety, however there is no concrete scientific proof on that. Each pouch contains roughly three times as much nicotine as a standard cigarette.
“As the manager, everything stops with you and I have to take all of the responsibility of this so it’s tough and we’ve got to do some long, hard thinking. But I’m all in to turn this sinking ship around because it’s like the Titanic at the moment.
“We’ve made a fist of it, but you can’t turn water into wine and in this game you live and die on your recruitment
“We were not good enough today, right across the board. That’s why I had to make three changes at half time.
“Not good enough. Fake footballers. Don’t deserve to be playing for this football club, lots of them here, and they need to get better.
“We’ve rectified elements of it since we’ve come in, because we’ve had to lay the law down.
“My first day at the training ground, there’s 11 pouches of chewing tobacco on the floor on the training pitch.
“I have had to say to some of the lads “what is going on here?” Credit to some of them, some have changed and turned, but the damage is done if in February I’m having to tell you to stop sticking 43g of nicotine under your top lip.
“Not just one player, by the way, double figures. It’s not good enough. It shouldn’t be happening in professional football, and they should be embarrassed to call themselves professional footballers, some of them.
“We’re in the predicament we’re in because a lot of them don’t know what is required in this game. You have to do the hard yards, there’s no shortcuts to be successful in this game.”
Fans reacted as Bristol Rovers REMOVE Joey Barton’s rant from their website as Paul Tisdale threatens legal action over comments about their old managers…
@AndyGait: And yet he still won more games than Barton.
@Chipstead_Gas: He knew @Joey7Barton was on the money thats why
@TintagelGas: F R A U D
@_mattsimpsonn: Probably because Barton was right
@bristolbluegas: Bit touchy isn’t he!?
@OX14Gashead: Awwww diddums bit of a hurt ego was there?
Billy Clark: He was beyond useless barton was right to criticise him
Kevin Spencer: The only negligence was overseeing the club sleep walk into League 2, again.
— Andrew Strong (@gas1883) May 14, 2021
— 𝓡𝔂𝓪𝓷𝓷 𝓜𝓲𝓰𝓷𝓪𝓷𝓸 (@Ryann_BRFC_95) May 14, 2021