Controversial Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton believes he can be a role-model for youngsters.

"You can't make everyone happy. I've probably made a lot more people unhappy than a normal person but some young kids look at the likes of Michael Owen, David Beckham, who are unbelievable professionals but who are squeaky clean, and they can't relate to them," said Barton.

"I've met people on the street and I've met people in prison and they relate to me. When I speak I do so from experience about the things I've done wrong and how I've tried to change. I think they respect that.

"Hopefully, I will be able to reach those people who have been unreachable. That's all I can do."