Joey Barton will become the new manager of League One side Fleetwood Town – one day after his ban for betting ends.

Barton, 35, was banned for 18 months by the Football Association in April 2017 after he was found to have placed 1,260 bets on matches over 10 years.

His suspension was reduced by five months on appeal and ends on 1 June.

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 told the club website: “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.”


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