Bristol Rovers confirm appointment of Joey Barton as new head coach

Bristol Rovers appoint Joey Barton as new head coach – just one month after leaving Fleetwood Town following bust-up with striker Ched Evans – and 38-year-old will take charge of his new side against Wigan on Tuesday

  • League One side Bristol Rovers have appointed Joey Barton as their head coach 
  • The 38-year-old will take charge of his first match against Wigan on Tuesday 
  • Clint Hill and Andy Mangan have joined Rovers as Barton’s assistant coaches 
  • Barton left Fleetwood Town last month after over two years in the third tier

Bristol Rovers have confirmed the appointment of Joey Barton as the club’s new manager on a two-and-a-half-year deal. 

The 38-year-old has been unemployed since leaving Fleetwood Town in January and brings with him Clint Hill and Andy Mangan as assistant coaches. 

Barton takes charge with immediate effect and will be in the dugout for Rovers’ match at home to relegation candidates Wigan Athletic on Tuesday.

Bristol Rovers completed the appointment of Joey Barton as head coach on Monday morning

The League One outfit languish in 19th having endured a poor campaign in the third tier

Rovers president Wael Al Qadi told the club’s official website: ‘Joey’s experience in the game is matched by his passion for coaching and delivering results, which made him a standout candidate for the role.

‘He’s got a good knowledge of the league already thanks to his spell at Fleetwood and has shown his credentials at delivering results and getting the best out of the players he works with.

‘We are confident that he will be able to continue the ongoing development of the younger players coming through the ranks at the Club and speaking to him, I know his ambitions align with what we want to achieve as a football club.’ 

Barton, 38, will take charge of his first Rovers match against Wigan Athletic on Tuesday night

Rovers currently lie in 19th place in League One, two points above the drop zone having played a game more than AFC Wimbledon who lie in the final relegation place. 

The club sacked Paul Tisdale on February 10 after just four months in the role. The former Exeter manager managed just 12 points from his 15 matches in charge. 

Barton left Fleetwood last month after two years with the club amid a falling out with ex-Fleetwood striker Ched Evans. Barton axed the striker from the club due to poor discipline but soon followed the now-Preston North End forward out of the exit door.

Barton (left) departed Fleetwood in January after a reported bust-up with Ched Evans (right)

The former Newcastle star led the Cod Army to the League One play offs last season but were beaten by Wycombe Wanderers in the semi finals. 

The 38-year-old left the club in 10th position in the third tier, three points off the play off places having endured a run of one win in eight games before his departure.

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