Joey Barton describes huge bust-up with Mark Hughes at QPR in 2012

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You don't need to be an avid sports fan to know Joey Barton is one of the most controversial British footballers of our time.

His current uncertain future at Rangers, following a training ground bust-up with a teammate and manager Mark Warburton, is just the latest addition to a long list of misdemeanours that have blighted the midfielder's career at the top.

Barton's sharp tongue has got him into trouble on numerous occasions and it does appear only certain managers are able to bring the best out of him on the pitch and keep him quiet off it.

Mark Hughes certainly wasn't one of those and Barton has revealed just how bad their relationship was at QPR during an appearance on 'A League of Their Own'.

The one-time England international was a special guest on the popular panel programme presented by James Cordon and was asked which managers were good at getting him fired up before a game.

Barton surprisingly responded by claiming that coaches at junior level were better at it than some at the top of the game before starting to tell a story about one of his old managers who tried to get stuck into him - only for it to massively backfire.

"One high-profile manager, I followed him into his office, locked the door on him and said 'Let's just sort this out, you and me'," Barton said, as per The Mirror.

He initially refused to reveal the culprit but bowed under the pressure of Cordon and the studio audience to announce it was his boss at QPR - Hughes.

It's clear the pair didn't see eye-to-eye whatsoever and it drove Barton to the point of actually challenging his manager to a fight.

He continued: "'The only way to sort this out is me and you have a fight'

"'Cos I hate you so much and you hate me, let's just sort it out, whoever walks out, walks out and we get on with it'."

"Did you have a fight?" Cordon then asked.

"No no no, he was like 'what do you mean?' Barton responded.

"I said 'you're treating me like a k***head, you think I'm a k***head and he was like 'I obviously can't fight you because I'm the manager of the football club'

"And I was like 'oh s**t yeah actually you can't' so we had to kind of de-escalate it."

Pretty crazy right? And you wonder why Barton has moved around from club-to-club so much over the last few years?

Hughes certainly sounded like he was up for it had he not been in a position of responsibility, though.

Any scrap between the two would have likely resulted in a similar set of circumstances Barton is currently facing at Rangers.

Latest reports from Sky Sports, believe that the 34-year-old and the club have mutually agreed to terminate his contract at Ibrox - just a few months after he joined on a free transfer - although no official announcement has been made yet.

And after that story, we can pretty much rule out Hughes' current side, Stoke, being the next team Barton signs for.

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