Call Joey Barton what you like – and many do – but the man always gets people talking!
And Sunderland supporters have reacted to news that the Black Cats were third favourites to sign the former Man City, Newcastle United, QPR and Burnley midfielder.
The controversial 34-year-old was sacked by Scottish giants Rangers following a training ground row with team-mates and boss Mark Warburton.
Barton has been strongly linked with a return to Turf Moor having helped the Clarets back into the Premier League last season before moving to the SPL with Rangers.
However, with Sunderland having problems in midfield, there was talk of him being an outside bet for the Stadium of Light.
A very outside bet according to fans’ reactions to the Echo.
@ezza: “Barton thats a non starter and not just because of his Newcastle connections either”
@bobbykerrliftsthecup: “Total waste of space, way, way past his best... thought he’d boss Scottish football when he went to Rangers - and couldn’t even cut it there for goodness sake!”
@black and tan: “If you want to destroy team spirit and cause disharmony in the club Joey Barton is your man!”
@The Ringleader: “Please Moyesy do not sign this trouble making ex Mag. He has caused bother at whatever club he has been at.”
@black and tan: “There’s no doubt that he has ability but his temperament is very disruptive.”
In among all the ‘don’t call us, we’ll call you’ messages was one positive reaction.
@nonnac No3: “Would take Barton in a heart beat, so long as the price is right, he would do a job for us in midfield.”