Queens Park Rangers captain Joey Barton has pulled no punches in telling Neil Warnock to stop complaining about the events which led to his sacking.
Warnock was dismissed by club owner Tony Fernandes - and suggested social networking site Twitter played a 'poisonous' role in his departure from Loftus Road.
Warnock added: "It would have been difficult to resist because people get on the phone and tweet and it's almost like slowly poisoning somebody from outside the club and, no doubt, from within the club as well.
"It's a dangerous precedent. If you let players talk to the chairman but, you know, you can't stop tweeting."
Warnock did not specifically name Barton, but the midfielder, a prolific 'Tweeter' who was sent off in Warnock's final Premier League game against Norwich, took to the social networking site to respond.
The ex-Newcastle and Manchester City midfielder compared Warnock to the comical fictional manager Mike Bassett and suggested he is suffering from delusion.
Having this summer been named captain by Warnock after arriving at QPR, Barton said on his Twitter account: "Neil Warnock saying I talk to much. Now that is funny #mikebassett.
"If I talked about Neil, he'd do well to get another job. Twitter cost him his job???? I can think of a million other things! #shutitwarnock.
"Looking forward to the game against Wigan tomo. 1st time in a while we actually have a plan and seem organised. #3ptsneeded," he said.
"Lost his job and the guy is blaming everyone but himself! Embarrassing, time to look in the mirror mate." (sic)
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