Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp is ready to offer Joey Barton a coaching role on his playing career is over, TalkSport understands.
The 31 year old is currently doing his badges, and is also taking a philosophy degree as he works on his transition to the dugout.
The midfielder has been shrouded in controversy since he turned professional, but Redknapp believes that he has the right personality to succeed on the side-lines.
Former Manchester City and Newcastle United man Barton has made thirty-two appearances for the London club so far this season, scoring goals against Reading and Middlesbrough.
The Hoops currently sit in third place in the second tier, though they are ten points behind Burnley with just five games remaining.
If other results fall in their favour, they could secure a play-off spot with victory at Blackburn Rovers this evening, which can be backed at a price of 21/10.
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