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.
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.
Twitter users gave their reaction as the EFL manager lashes out at Sunderland fans…
Jesus Christ he's embarrassing. Hope he is jailed soon
— G.firstname.lastname@example.org (@Gcrightonyahoo2) March 4, 2020
— David Readman (@DavidReadman5) March 4, 2020
To keep most happy I'm going to accept that Joey Barton is a bit of a tosser. But what we, as Sunderland fans, should be asking is how his club, on a fraction of our wage budget, has built a team that is on par with us. What on earth have our scouts been doing in last few years?
— Terence Crombie (@Terry94023972) March 4, 2020
Cringeworthy stuff. He mentions Sunderland rather a lot don't you think?
— Anthony Dent (@_toosb) March 4, 2020
I feel sorry for him ,he should really get some help.
— Philip beresford (@Philipberesfor2) March 4, 2020
It’s quite clear that Joey Barton is a closet Mackem and is trying a bit of reverse psychology to spur the lads onto promotion.
— Twisted Firestarter (@WindItUp7) March 4, 2020
— Eric Young (@EricYoung2003) March 4, 2020
When we go to Blackpool after the game why don’t we go looking for him get hold of the prick throw him of Blackpool pier keep the faith
— Header Safc (@HeaderSafc) March 4, 2020
Joey Barton actually said he was ‘box office’ the cunt is a league one manager
— Jamie Davison (@jamie_davison1) March 4, 2020
Fleetwood are now lurking behind us like a great white shark, rather than a Cod Army. I despise Joey Barton with every fibre of my being, but he’s getting them into a bloody strong position. The pressure on Saturday’s game just got turned up significantly. #SAFC ?⚪️
— Philip West (@Philip_RJ89) March 3, 2020
Barton is more obsessed with Sunderland than I am and I've supported them for 50 years
— Kevin Oneill (@kevinoneillmitt) March 4, 2020
Joey Barton is not bothered about Fleetwood. He doesn’t care about Fleetwood. He is there to needlessly have a go at Sunderland. https://t.co/b1AIoG3Rm8
— Michael Bowers (@MichaelBowers15) March 4, 2020
@RokerReport don't really listen to anything Mr Barton says , he is where he is a small man at a small town club but he's gone to another level when he states sunderland fans attended the Fleetwood game just to see him and not our team , he's completed deluded , what an idiot pic.twitter.com/i33xh4gFuN
— Brian Rose (@brnrs538_rose) March 4, 2020
He is a total nutcase, dream on Joey Barton to think that Sunderland supporters think more about you than their beloved team. Definitely think there is a screw loose in that pathetic head of yours.
— Jean Simmons (@Jean_Safc73) March 4, 2020