Barton’s Farewell Match

Swansea Could Be Barton’s Last Game

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has praised Joey Barton’s contribution to the club both on and off the pitch as the midfielder prepares for what could be his final Clarets game at Swansea City tomorrow.

Barton will face a Football Association hearing over a betting charge next week that could result in a lengthy ban for the midfielder. The ban is likely to be for at least the rest of this season and could be longer, whilst Barton’s contract is due to expires in the summer.


The club were fully aware of the situation when Barton rejoined the Clarets in January despite the FA charge hanging over his head having seen a move to Rangers turn sour following a training ground bust-up.

Barton has made a significant impact at Turf Moor in the Championship season and since his return from Scotland and Dyche is full of praise for his role ahead of Barton finding out his fate next week.

Speaking about Joey Barton, Burnley manager Sean Dyche said, “I don’t think he had to prove his worth and he had nothing to prove to me.  He may have had something to prove to himself, that he could still do it in the Premier League.

He was faultless on and off the pitch in the title-winning campaign, his influence again this time around has been excellent and tomorrow he will be prepared to make his 51st appearance for the club.

I make it clear, in my world as manager of Burnley Football Club he has been top drawer, as a man, as a player, around the group and his performance have been top drawer.”

If tomorrow does prove to be Joey Barton’s last appearance for Burnley, then I hope he finishes on a high and has an excellent game scoring the Clarets winning goal against Swansea City.  This would be a fitting end which would be well deserved.

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