Joey Barton named new Bristol Rovers manager

Joey Barton has been named as the new manager of Bristol Rovers.

The controversial former Manchester City and Newcastle midfielder takes the reins at the Memorial Stadium with Rovers languishing in 19th in League One.

He will be in the dugout for their clash against relegation rivals Wigan Athletic on Tuesday night.

Barton parted company with Fleetwood earlier this season after leading the Lancashire outfit to the League One playoffs last term.

He has put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half-year deal with Rovers, and is joined by assistant manager Clint Hill and first team coach Andy Mangan.

Club president Wael Al Qadi said: "We are delighted to welcome Joey to Bristol Rovers and look forward to working closely with him to progress our football club forward.

"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.

"I want to wish Joey, the staff and the players the very best of luck for the coming games, as we look to cement our safety in Sky Bet League One and build for the future."

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