Barton starts Twitter tiff with former boss Warnock
QPR captain Joey Barton has called the conduct of former manager Neil Warnock "embarrassing" and told the veteran boss to "look in the mirror".
Warnock, who signed Barton from Newcastle in August and immediately made him his skipper, lost his job with Rangers earlier this month with the club hierarchy concerned that he was presiding over an immediate return to the Championship.
The 63-year-old expressed his disappointment at the decision yesterday, claiming owner Tony Fernandes had been "slowly poisoned" against him.
Warnock added that he thought some of the damage had been done via Twitter, saying: "It would have been difficult to resist because people get on the phone and tweet and it's almost like slowly poisoning somebody from outside the club and, no doubt, from within the club as well.
"It's a dangerous precedent. If you let players talk to the chairman but, you know, you can't stop tweeting."
Warnock did not specifically name Barton, but the midfielder took to the social networking site yesterday to respond.
He wrote: "Neil Warnock saying I talk to much. Now that is funny. Lost his job and the guy is blaming everyone but himself! Embarrassing, time to look in the mirror mate."
Then, in a thinly-veiled assessment of Warnock's managerial capabilities, he added: "If I talked about Neil, he'd do well to get another job. Twitter cost him his job???? I can think of a million other things! shutit warnock."
When asked about his player using Twitter yesterday, before his war of words with Warnock, Barton's new manager Mark Hughes said: "The only issue most managers have with Twitter and Facebook is whether issues and details that should be kept in-house are broadcast to a wider public.
"That is my only concern from a personal point of view and I don't think he has been guilty of that in the past and I don't anticipate he will do in the future."