Joey Barton looks set to make a surprise return to football this summer, with confirmation that he will become Fleetwood Town’s Head Coach when his FA ban is lifted in June – meaning he will be the man in charge when the League One side take on Sunderland next season!
The 35-year-old was a free agent, with Burnley terminating his contract back in April 2017 following his FA ban for breaking betting rules just last year.
He won’t be returning to the game as a player, however, with him all set to be officially appointed as Fleetwood Town’s manager when his ban is lifted on June 2nd.
Notts County boss Kevin Nolan (a good friend of his) confirmed just last week that he was keen to sign him at Meadow Lane, however the ex-NUFC midfielder has clearly chosen to go down the route of management.
✍️ | Fleetwood Town can confirm an agreement has been reached for @Joey7Barton to become the club's new Head Coach as of June 2nd.
— Fleetwood Town FC (@ftfc) April 18, 2018
Here’s what he’s had to say since agreeing to take on the role with the League One side:
“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.”
A very interesting move and one to watch over the coming months – especially when his Fleetwood Town side takes on Sunderland next season! (I know they’ve not been relegated just yet, but it’s only a matter of time).
Can't wait for a Joey Barton knee slide at Sunderland when Fleetwood beat them next season
— Cameron (@Cameronfin92) April 18, 2018
Sunderland playing away next season against Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town at the 5,327 seater Highbury Stadium in front of the legendary Cod Army…
— Ross Dutton (@ra_dutton) April 18, 2018