Joey Barton leaves League One side Fleetwood Town after three years in charge

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Joey Barton has left Fleetwood Town after three years managing the club.

In a short statement on Fleetwood Town's official website, the club confirmed: "Fleetwood Town can confirm manager Joey Barton has left the club with immediate effect.

"We would like to thank Joey for his work during his time at Highbury Stadium and wish him success in the future."

The club are 10th in League One and sit just three points outside the play-off places.

Barton took over at Highbury in 2018 and led the club to play-off places last season but failed to gain promotion to the Championship.

Barton's exit comes just weeks after a bust-up with striker Ched Evans, who is looking to leave the club for a move to Preston.

The pair are said to have clashed after Barton failed to see the funny side of a comedy act delivered by the former Welsh international.

The former Newcastle star admitted he was unwilling to recall Evans in recent games.

“It has been rumbling on with people asking me where he is – and I’m not a manager who likes to hide the reality," Barton said.

“I think it’s important for our fanbase and the people who care about Fleetwood to know where they stand.

“A fully fit and at it Ched Evans in that game (against Wigan) would have been an asset to us, as he would be for anybody.

“At this moment in time my belief is that we’re better off without him.”

Barton joined Fleetwood a day after his ban for betting on football matches ended in June 2018.

It was the Englishman's first managerial role.

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