Joey Barton appointed Fleetwood Town manager

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The outspoken former midfielder will have his first taste of management in League One, and he is keen to begin the new challenge

Former Manchester City and Newcastle United player Joey Barton has been named the new coach of League One side Fleetwood Town.

The 35-year-old will join the club on June 2, after signing a three-year contract with the third-tier club.

"I’m very excited by the challenge and the project at Fleetwood Town," he told the club's website.

“It’s a club I’ve known for a long time, and a chairman I already have a very good relationship with.

“My first job in management was always going to be a big decision for me and I’m delighted with the opportunity ahead, I’m joining a club with big ambitions. I’m looking forward to getting started on June 2nd."

The ex-midfielder has been absent from the game since he left Burnley in 2017.

Fleetwood hairman Andy Pilley added: “This is a huge appointment for Fleetwood Town Football Club and one I’m very excited about.

“Joey not only brings a host of experience and profile, but I also feel he has the potential to become one of the best in the new generation of coaches"

“He’s someone I’ve known for a number of years and I’m convinced he’s ready to make the step into management, and that he will be a huge success.

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“Joey will be able to build-on the fantastic work done by John Sheridan during the last couple of months, one he deserves huge credit for.

“John joined us on a short term arrangement with the aim of keeping us in League One and I’m delighted he’s been able to do that.

“Today’s news signals a new chapter for Fleetwood Town which starts on June 2nd, and one which we are all excited about.”