New Hoops’ manager Harry Redknapp has a reputation for kick-starting the careers of football’s troubled souls – but Barton has burnt all of his bridges at Loftus Road and his year-long loan to Marseille contains no call-back option.
Barton told the People: “When I went to QPR it was a choice dictated by money. I didn’t like what I had done, and I swore I’d never do that again.
“It was the first time in my life that I had taken a decision for money. I did it because my partner was due to give birth – but I did not feel good about it."
Bad-boy Barton said: “The more money you have, the more problems you have. When I was in prison I got £7 a week, and that was simpler – you’d use the £7 to buy food and that was it.”