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Joey Barton living in Belfast student digs during coaching course


Joey Barton is expected to return to QPR

Joey Barton is expected to return to QPR

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Joey Barton is expected to return to QPR

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.

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