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Barton: Club Ethos Will Help Us

1 October 2015

Joey Barton believes the ethos of the club will stand them in good stead in the Sky Bet Championship this season.

The Clarets head to Rotherham United tomorrow looking to bounce back after the home defeat to Reading.

And the vastly-experienced midfielder, 33, could be in line for his full debut at the New York Stadium.

Speaking on his time at the club so far, he told Clarets Player HD: “It’s a great set of men here and there are really good people.

"Not only the playing staff but everybody away from it and everyone is pulling in the same direction.

“I’ve spoken to a number of people in different spheres of the football club and it’s very rare that you get that in the modern game.

“I’ve been fortunate to play for a lot of big clubs, lots of clubs and what we’ve got at Burnley is very unique.

“It’s a refreshing place to come to work and I look and think I’m really excited about what the future holds for this group of people.

“I think we could really go on to achieve some fantastic things if we keep the humility that the group has got and keep working hard every day.

“There will be a few bumps in the road like last Saturday but the way we responded tells you everything you need to know about the culture that has been created.”

Having tasted success in the Sky Bet Championship twice before with Newcastle United and QPR, Barton is well-placed to judge the complexion of the division.

The highly-competitive nature of it has already come to prominence after just 9 games, but the former England international feels the Clarets have the credentials for an instant return to the Premier League.

“There are some very good sides in this league but we’ve got as good a manager as anyone and a good a squad as anyone and we train harder than anyone.

“You look at all those facets and really you think we should win the league and I’ll be disappointed if we don’t because that’s what I’ve come here to do.

“I’ve been in this league twice before, won it once with Newcastle and scrambled out of it with QPR and you know what it takes or where about par is.

“We’re on course at the moment and it’s still quite bunched, everyone is beating everyone and it’ll take time for it to settle down.

“It’ll be a hugely competitive league as the Championship always is, I just think the core values and team beliefs we have here will stand us in good stead.”

Watch the full 11-minute interview with Joey Barton on Clarets Player HD here

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