Joey Barton has just walked into his first manager’s job.
Or at least he will once his ban from football for breaking rules on gambling, comes to an end.
In an official statement on Wednesday afternoon, Fleetwood Town have confirmed Barton will take over on 2 June 2018.
He will have the title of Head Coach and replaces the outgoing John Sheridan.
Fleetwood are currently 14th in League One and so Joey Barton will be in line to face Sunderland next season, if as expected the Wearsiders’ relegation is confirmed in the coming days/weeks.
A brave move by the club and one that you feel could prove a big hit, or end quickly in disaster, with little likely middle ground.
Fleetwood Town official statement:
‘Fleetwood Town can confirm an agreement has been reached which will see Joey Barton named Head Coach on June 2nd.
The vastly experienced 35-year-old, who excelled during his top-flight playing career with the likes of Manchester City, Queens Park Rangers and most recently Burnley, will take charge of the club’s first team this summer after signing a three-year deal.
On the news, Barton said: “I’m very excited by the challenge and the project at Fleetwood Town.
“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.”
Chairman 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.
“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.”