“All you want to do is listen to the sycophants who surround you”
“‘You’re a s**thouse. You’re a f**king coward. You tried to break his leg’.
“This was personalised abuse, not professional analysis. Sure, I’d gone in late. He would be feeling it in the morning, but it wasn’t a tackle designed to jeopardise his career.
“F**k it, he’s getting it. I’m only following orders [after Shearer told Barton to speak up].
“‘You don’t want to deal with the truth. All you want to do is listen to the sycophants who surround you, telling you how great you are.
“‘Someone needs to tell you that it is not all about you. You were a great player, but that’s done.