Barton rips apart Southampton manager Mark Hughes on the radio

Joey Barton has always been known for his outspoken nature, and he did not hold back when discussing his thoughts on Southampton manager Mark Hughes.

The Welshman was appointed by the coastal club last week as a replacement for Mauricio Pellegrino.

The decision was met with optimism by the majority of the fans, who had to witness the team win just five of their 30 Premier League games under their former boss.

Barton, though, is not as convinced and whileย speaking on talkSPORT, the midfielder told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show that he is surprised by Southampton’s choice.

The former Manchester City player worked under Hughes at Queens Park Rangers and has maintained a professional dislike for the coach.

While on the radio, Barton described the Southampton boss as a “really poor manager” and that he had “no people skills”.

Hughes got off to a positive start at the weekend, though, as he helped guide the Saints into the semi-finals of the FA Cup with a win over Wigan Athletic.

In the Premier League, though, it is a different story as the club are two points from safety with eight games left to play.