Fleetwood Town are being linked with a shock move for Joey Barton, according to The Sun.
The League One side currently have John Sheridan in charge but are reportedly lining up Joey Barton as their new manager in the summer. Sheridan is only on a contract until the end of the season.
The 35 year-old is currently banned from playing football until June due to betting but will not be short of options for when he returns.
Despite being a controversial character, he has impressed many whilst doing various broadcasting and television work. Some, such as his former manager Sean Dyche, are tipping him as a future manager.
Fleetwood Town are the first club to be linked with him. The Cod Army are currently just outside the bottom four of League One on goal difference and are in a relegation dogfight. They will be hoping that John Sheridan will use his experience to keep them up.
They then could make an ambitious move for Barton and this would certainly raise some eyebrows. Barton has played over 400 games in his career and could be handed a first professional manager’s role.
He started his career at Manchester City after playing for both Liverpool and Everton as a youngster. He then had spells in the Premier League at Newcastle United and QPR before going on loan to Marseille in 2012.
On his return to England, Barton switched to Burnley and helped them gain promotion to the Premier League under Sean Dyche. He was then snapped up by Rangers on a free transfer in 2016 but had his contract terminated after just 6 months and returned to Burnley.
It will be interesting to see what Joey Barton does once he returns from his ban. Would he be a good appointment by Fleetwood Town?