Joey Barton will always make headlines.
Coming off the back of a 13 month absence due to his betting infringements, it was a major surprise when he decided to go into management.
Not a bad place to start, Joey Barton has taken over as head coach at Fleetwood Town.
They finished 14th in League One last season and with an ambitious club owner, they stand a possible chance of closing last season’s 14 point gap from the play-offs.
Obviously much of that chance will depend on how the new Head Coach adapts to management.
Pointing out the challenges ahead, Joey Barton picks out the fact that Sunderland will receive £34m in parachute payments this coming season: “The likes of your Sunderland, who will still be on a kind of parachute payment structure.’
With the new Sunderland owners buying the club for £40m but on credit terms over two years, it remains to be seen just how financially strong they will be, with that £40m purchase on credit seeing Ellis Short insist that the debt is secured on these next two seasons worth of parachute payments.
An interesting sideshow anyway for Newcastle fans watching on, Joey Barton declaring ‘So looking forward to, as a former Newcastle player, to certainly test my tactical wits against the might of Sunderland.’
Joey Barton speaking to official Fleetwood Town site:
“League One is a very very competitive league, incredibly tough environment.
“Some massive clubs in League One next season.
“The likes of your Sunderland, who will still be on a kind of parachute payment structure.
“So looking forward to, as a former Newcastle player, to certainly test my tactical wits against the might of Sunderland.”
Joey Barton talking to the Blackpool Gazette:
“I look around and think, where is the perfect start point for me?
“I have known for six years that it would be this club, from when I came here navigating a 12 game ban for the Aguero incident.
“I came to Fleetwood when they were starting their journey into League football.
“Very few people get banned for 13 months from football and come out of it being a manager of a very successful football club.
“I tend not to do things the same way as everybody else. For me life is exciting and this is an exciting part of my journey.
“We all have dreams and ambitions as a kid. Mine was to play for England and play in the Premier League.
“I now want to be the best manager I can possibly be, dreaming about being one of the best in the world.”