But Barton, 34, has refused to hold back on a series of targets this week with No Nonsense set to be released on Thursday, a book he says is “ the product of a lot of research and reflection”.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, the former Manchester City and Burnley midfielder said: “Let’s look at who is doing the key roles. Sam Allardyce is England manager. Well, am I a better player than Sam? Well, yeah, of course. Do I believe, if Sam can get to be England manager then I can? Of course I do. What’s Sam got that I haven’t got?
“I look at Roy Hodgson in the England job and look at the way he handled it. Surely even you think you could have done a better job.
“And I look at other managers. Mark Hughes is a terrible manager. Stoke are bottom of the league. I thought his people skills were really, really poor. My trade is football. All I’ve ever known is football. I watch as much football as anybody. I care about football as much as anybody.
“And I might fail. I could dip my toes in the water and go “**** this”, like other ex-players have done.
“But the pressure? If anything I believe I’m better suited to it than anybody else. Do you think when I walk around Glasgow there is no glare? Because of everything that has gone before there is a spotlight on you. People are going to judge me now, just based on performances.”