Joey Barton claims he will be a 'top manager'

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Joey Barton is in no doubt that he will become a brilliant manager once his playing days are over.

The controversial figure is currently playing at Loftus Road for QPR in the Championship.

But the former Newcastle man believes that there is a long and successful future in the game for him, once he retires.

Barton told The FootballersFootball Show on Sky Sports: "I love the game and I'll stay in the game, I'll be a top coach or a top manager, without a shadow of a doubt. That's what I'm going to be.

"I've given my life to the game so there's no point me saying I want to be a civil engineer or a bank manager. It's not going to happen.

"I've been playing football since I was six or seven so I've made my career choice."

Barton's career has seen him represent the likes of Manchester City, Newcastle United and Marseille. However the midfielder revealed he does not like the ruthlessness of the football industry.

Barton added: "I love it but it's not the game I dreamt about playing as a kid," he said. "It's a lot more cut-throat than that.

"We see a side of it the public never see and never should see but the inner workings can be very devious at times. I'd hate to be a kid coming into the game now - it's scary out there.

"You've got agents promising them everything, football clubs are buying kids houses, buying the parents houses. How do they keep their feet on the ground?

"You have to take it for what it is but when I hit rock bottom no one wanted to speak to me. I was banished from the game - but from that I learnt a lot.

"I realised I'm a commodity - a piece of meat that is getting paid what it's getting paid and as soon as my shelf life is over I'm going to cease to be. That's the industry we're in.

"If you're lucky and capable you'll do TV work, or if you're even luckier you'll stay in the game through coaching or managing. But most will not be in the game."

Barton, who is currently 31, has at least a few years left in him on the pitch. 

However fans may be seeing a lot more of him in the future, but this time dictating orders in the dug-out, rather than causing trouble on the pitch.

Barton's current contract with the Hoops is due to expire in 2015. 

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