The England midfielder left City for Newcastle in a £5.8million deal in the summer following a campaign when they battled against relegation but, following the takeover of Thaksin Shinawatra, are now third in the Barclays Premier League under new manager Sven-Goran Eriksson.
"I hope they appreciate the job I did last season," Barton told BBC Radio Five Live. "Were it not for myself, Micah Richards and Richard Dunne the club wouldn´t have had Shinawatra, the Premier League and Sven. I think they could easily have gone down last season but for a couple of results."
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