Parker: Ditch Joey as captain

Paul Parker has urged his former team-mate Mark Hughes to strip Joey Barton of the QPR captaincy.

Parker, a popular skipper during his time at Loftus Road, insists sacked boss Neil Warnock was wrong to give the armband to Barton following the controversial midfielder’s move to west London.

“I don’t see what Barton did to warrant being made captain.”

Hughes will be without the suspended Barton for his first two matches in charge, after which time he is likely to have signed at least a couple of influential players.

And Parker told West London Sport: “I think ‘Sparky’ should take the captaincy off Barton.

“I hope he brings in someone who’s earned the right to be captain – someone who knows how to conduct himself off the pitch as well as on it.

“I don’t see what Barton did to warrant being made captain. I totally disagreed with Warnock’s decision to give it to him.

“Leave Barton to get on with being what he is, which is a half-decent Premier League player.

Parker rates Taarabt.

“I’m quite happy to eat humble pie if he proves to be more than that, but I just don’t see it.”

Parker, who played alongside Hughes at Manchester United, is also hoping the new Rangers manager can get the best out of Adel Taarabt.

He believes Warnock was too quick to sideline the Moroccan after Taarabt struggled to adapt to the Premier League.

“I was extremely disappointed with the way Warnock handled Taarabt this season,” said Parker.

“He should remember that one man got QPR out of the Championship: Adel Taarabt.

“He’s a very talented player. Hopefully Sparky can nail him down and get the best out of him.

“Taarabt’s got as much talent as Paul Gascoigne with the ball at his feet, but he doesn’t have Gazza’s mentality when he’s not got the ball.

“Working with Mark Hughes will be good for him in my opinion. He can make him a more complete player.”

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