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EFL manager lashes out at Sunderland fans in extraordinary rant

EFL manager lashes out at Sunderland fans in extraordinary rant, yep you guessed it, that man is indeed Fleetwood Town boss Joey Barton.

It came on the same day as his side managed to win away at Ipswich Town, moving the Cod Army level on points with the Black Cats in League One.

The controversial manager had a sly dig at other sides in League One, mainly Sunderland though, when speaking to the Fleetwood Weekly News.

He claimed yesterday: “I’m box-office wherever I go.

“Sunderland fans are not bothered about Sunderland. They don’t care about Sunderland. They were there to support Joey Barton. I’m so happy, I’m so grateful to them.

“There’s nothing worse than having nobody care about you. There’s nothing worse than having no attention. It’s actually horrible.”

He claimed that being hated actually helps his side as they climb up the table, again using Phil Parkinson’s men as an example.

“Why don’t they just ignore me? Leave me alone. I’d just go away and I wouldn’t have the same impact. But once they take me on, it’s like an endless energy source of inspiration.

“Like the Sunderland fans, it was like a solar panel, absorbing the energy thinking ‘I’m going to need this for the next 12 games’. Thanks for charging my batteries, thank you very much. I love it, I absolutely love the role.”

And who could forget about his taunts after drawing with the Mackems recently?! Click HERE to see that interview.

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The Cod Army are unbeaten in ten matches and sit level on points with Sunderland, with a game in hand. They host Blackpool this weekend before another promotion six-pointer against Portsmouth next week.

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