Joey Barton is the new Bristol Rovers manager

Joey Barton: Bristol Rovers appoint ex-Man City, Burnley and England midfielder

Bristol Rovers have appointed Joey Barton, who was sacked by Fleetwood in January, as their new manager.

The former Manchester City, Newcastle and Burnley midfielder will take charge of Rovers' Sky Bet League One against Wigan on Tuesday.

Barton, 38, has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract to replace Paul Tisdale, who was sacked on February 10 after just 10 weeks in charge.

"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," said club president Wael Al Qadi.

"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."

Joey Barton played against Spain in his one England apperance

After being appointed in the summer of 2018, Barton, who was capped once by England as a player, led Fleetwood to the League One play-offs in his second season as head coach.

But having lost to Wycombe in the semi-finals they failed to mount a serious promotion push this term, and he was sacked at the turn of the year.

Barton inherits a Rovers side who are 19th in the table, two points above the relegation zone.

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