Barnaby Joyce ‘not really’ sad about being ousted as Nationals manager

Barnaby Joyce said he was “not really” sad to be ousted as Nationals manager following a meeting in the village hall today.

The former deputy premier shared a candid statement online after his defeat, in which he said he would now have more time to defend his New England electorate.

David Littleproud won Joyce’s first post in a late morning three-party contest, with Victorian MP Darren Chester also contesting the leadership.

Barnaby Joyce has been replaced as Nationals manager. (SMH)

Joyce has since released a statement online and tweeted a video of him delivering the statement, which begins “I guess you think I’m sad. Not really.”

“I gave every ounce of my energy to making sure I looked after the people of regional Australia,” he said.

“I want to congratulate David, Perin and Bridget.

“They have a heavy task ahead of them and I will give them all the support I can.”

Joyce went on to say that he would now be blessed with “his second greatest love” after his family – his “beloved people of New England”.

Joyce sounded optimistic he would retain the Nationals’ top job this morning ahead of the party’s vote.

Asked if he thought he had the numbers to retain the leadership, Joyce told 9News he was “very optimistic” about the vote and that “the people in the room will make up their mind.”

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When asked who he thinks would be his best replacement, Joyce replied, “I don’t know. Jesus? Mohammed? That’s a really good question.”

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