PFA chief: ‘We try to deal with Joey Barton and it is not getting any easier’

20:36 15 May 2012

Chief Executive of the PFA, Gordon Taylor. Picture: David Jones/PA

Chief Executive of the PFA, Gordon Taylor. Picture: David Jones/PA

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Gordon Taylor is unhappy with the QPR midfielder

The Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor has admitted that he is increasingly frustrated by Joey Barton’s behaviour.

Barton was today granted an extension until midday tomorrow to respond to the two FA charges levelled against him following Sunday’s loss at the Etihad Stadium and the players’ union chief fears for his future.

“I just feel sometimes like it is pushing a boulder up a hill, it slips back and you decide whether to go again,” Taylor said.

“We try to deal with Joey Barton and it is not getting any easier.

“It has certainly been a backward step for him and his future in the game.

“There are people that seem to be improving and then slip back, it is a human condition. No one is perfect but you only have one career.”

Taylor was disappointed to see Barton’s comments on the micro-blogging site.

“At the moment of course it is a serious situation a lot of other people in the game have been upset, other respected professionals and I hate it when it gets like that,” said Taylor.

“That is part of the problem with social media, people say players don’t communicate then they do communicate and it causes problems - sometimes justifiably and others perhaps not.”

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