Joey Barton thrilled by Mark Hughes’ arrival at QPR
Queens Park Rangers captain Joey Barton admits he has been impressed with Mark Hughes' impact since arriving at the club
Joey Barton has hailed Mark Hughes as the right man to keep Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League after the Welshman succeeded Neil Warnock as manager this week.
Hughes insisted that the controversial midfielder would not be stripped of the captaincy earlier in the week and Barton admits he has been impressed by the 48-year-old’s immediate impact at Loftus Road.
“He is a really good man, quite straightforward and expects certain things of his players,” Barton told QPR’s website. “If you deliver them then you tend to do well under him.
“It is still early days but football is such an incestuous game that you always know someone who has worked with a manager before and word gets around pretty quickly.
“From what I’m hearing, he and his staff are really organised, they have good intensity in training and, as a manager, I think he is really fair.
“If you are working hard and playing well then you’ll stay in the team. As a player, you can’t ask for any more than that.
“I am really buoyed by what I have seen in the first couple of days and I hope we can harness that, all buy into it and move this football club to where we feel it should be.”
Barton also reserved praise for Neil Warnock following his dismissal after less than two years in charge of the west London club.
“It is always sad to lose a manager but that is the kind of industry we are in,” he added. “I am sure Neil Warnock will not be long in finding new employment.
“He has got such a good record, and I am sure there will be a number of clubs looking to harness that and do what QPR did and get into the promised land.”