Coloccini believes Bartonâ€™s legacy is the support he offered him as the clubâ€™s new captain this summer.
Barton was overlooked for the captaincy in July when previous skipper and his big pal Kevin Nolan left for West Ham .
The former Deprotivo La Coruna stopper admits the St. Jamesâ€™ Park dressing room is a different place without the strongly-opinionated Barton.
He said: â€œItâ€™s different. I think a lot of players have a different style. Some are more quiet and some are like Joey with a strong spirit.
â€œHe was a good team-mate. Sometimes you need players like that, with character.
â€œThe players want to win and in difficult times, he showed his character and that was good.
â€œSometimes, when we didnâ€™t have good times at the club â€“ like relegation â€“ we needed players like him.â€™â€™