Joey Barton believes that QPR never really accepted him and that his move to West London from Newcastle was just for the money.
He told the Sunday Times: “I walked into QPR and straightaway thought ‘this isn’t right’. I’d left a club I loved, Newcastle, and I knew I’d come for money and think I was always uneasy from that moment on.”
“The analogy is, I pulled the baseball bat out through my own stupidity. The FA took it and beat me. I thought QPR would, rightly, chastise me but they picked the bat off the ground and continued the beating. I was no longer the marquee signing. I was a commodity whose stock had dwindled.”
He also attacked QPR’s spending priorities saying: “On my first captain’s list was ‘six plugs’ because the players – at a Premier League club – were plugging up the baths with tissue paper. Tinpot stuff. They were paying people massive money but not spending on the basics.”
He added: “My slate’s never going to be clean but I think I’ve found a football club (Marseille) who love me for being a bit of a rogue.”