Davies: Twitter was a hassle

In a week when Joey Barton has been given a free transfer in direct

response to his negative postings about Newcastle and Wolves

manager Mick McCarthy has again spoken about the perils of players

offering their own thoughts for public consumption, Davies has

outlined why he opted out of the Twitterverse. The one-time England

striker had amassed almost 100,000 followers before announcing in

May that he would no longer post his opinions, citing abuse

received from fans as the major reason for his decision. However,

there was a secondary aspect too, which became so time-consuming it

was interrupting his preferred status as a quiet family man. “It is

difficult to have an opinion when you are high profile,” said

Davies. “Seventy percent might agree with you, the other 30 per

cent might not. Even if someone asks you to predict a score and you

say 2-1, the fans from the other team have a go, when it is just

your opinion. “I am man enough to take a bit of stick but I was

constantly having to worry about what I was saying and justifying

my performance or a missed chance. “Twitter is a very addictive

thing. I didn’t want to sit at home thinking what can I put on

there. It is not the way I live. “I have a normal life. I would

rather spend time with my kids and doing stuff at home rather than

checking my Twitter all the time.” Leeds manager Simon Grayson has

already banned the use of Twitter by his players, McCarthy is

clearly not a fan, whilst Newcastle are said to be reviewing their

position in the wake of Barton’s outbursts. “It has caused a few

problems and there are one or two clubs who have banned it, but it

is difficult,” said Davies. “When you are away from the football

club it is hard to say you can’t do something.” Like Bolton, who

have won six pre-season matches on the trot heading into their

final friendly against Levante at the Reebok Stadium tomorrow

night, Davies has enjoyed an excellent summer. Now 34, the Trotters

striker has found the net on four occasions and is relishing

another crack at the Premier League’s big boys. Whether it will

lead to further England honours remains open to doubt though.

Davies made his debut as a substitute against Montenegro at Wembley

in October but was then overlooked for the Three Lions’ remaining

five matches, a situation he does not see altering any time soon.

“It is not something I have thought about,” he said. “For me, it is

back to work for Bolton. If I get off to a decent start and score

goals, you never know but I am not working hard to get into the

England squad. I am working hard for Bolton Wanderers. “I got a

cap, which was great, and I hoped to get some more. “I got a call

after the France squad was announced in November explaining they

wanted to look at other things. “I argued back and said I didn’t

feel I had been given a chance, coming on for 20 minutes. “It would

have been nice to play in a friendly but that chance has not come

around.”