Belfast Telegraph

Joey Barton living in Belfast student digs during coaching course

Controversial footballer Joey Barton is living in Belfast for two weeks — as he takes part in a UEFA coaching license course.

And the midfielder — who has earned a bad boy reputation for incidents on and off the field over the years — isn’t staying in a plush hotel, even though he could well afford to.

Instead the former Manchester City and Newcastle United star will be living like a true student — at Queen’s University’s halls of residence.

Barton tweeted to his two million followers: “Off to Northern Ireland for a few weeks in order to finish my UEFA B licence and start the A. Looking forward to the hard graft.”

The 30-year-old also tweeted some pictures of his basic accommodation at Queen’s, where he will be staying while

training alongside David Healy and former Northern Ireland captain Aaron Hughes.

He posted a picture of the room, saying: “Arrived. Gear unloaded. This is my home for the next 14 days.”

The famously outspoken player followed this with a picture of the toilet, quipping: “This en-suite is of particular delight.”

Barton has just completed a season long loan to Marseille from QPR, the move prompted after a 10-match ban after a red card and bust-ups with three Man City players — Tevez, Aguero and Kompany — in the dramatic last-day game that saw City win the league last year.

But the Liverpudlian has ambitions to be a manager when he hangs up his boots and is taking part in the course run by the Irish Football Association at Stranmillis University and Newforge Lodge.

Belfast Telegraph Digital

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph