Bristol news Joey Barton to be named new Bristol Rovers manager after breakthrough in talks PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - Former Newcastle United and Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton should be in the dugout for Tuesday's League One clash against Wigan Athletic at the Mem
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Joey Barton is expected to be confirmed as Bristol Rovers manager on Monday following a breakthrough in talks over the weekend. Bristol Live understands that Barton has agreed to take over at the Gas and will be permitted to bring close associates and coaches Clint Hill and Andy Mangan to north Bristol having worked with them at Fleetwood. A key part of the negotiations that have taken place since Barton visited Bristol last Tuesday, which at several points almost led the club to explore other avenues, was his willingness to bring in his own people and a reluctance to work within an organisation where another individual heads up the recruitment. Read More Related Articles Bristol Rovers verdict: Flaws exposed again as chance to make statement is wasted at Gillingham Director of football Tommy Widdrington has built Rovers’ scouting network from the ground up since being brought to the club by Darrell Clarke in 2018 and has enjoyed transfer successes with Jonson Clarke-Harris, Anssi Jaakkola and Sam Nicholson. It would therefore appear that while president Wael Al-Qadi has been suitably won over by Barton, a compromise has been reached to maintain the present structure, with Widdrington now also sitting on the board following his promotion at the start of the season. Former Manchester City and Newcastle United midfielder Barton has spent the last 10 days since Paul Tisdale was sacked analysing and reviewing the Rovers squad and matches in preparation for taking over a team low on confidence and skirting dangerously close to the relegation zone. Sources have indicated that Barton is especially excited at the potential of young striker James Daly and ensuring midfielder Zain Westbrooke fulfils his potential after a disappointing return following his summer arrival from Coventry. Read More Related Articles Tommy Widdrington defends Bristol Rovers' strikers after defeat at Gillingham Read More Related Articles Bristol Rovers player ratings as missed chances prove costly in defeat at Gillingham Barton’s arrival will cause significant debate and controversy among Gasheads given his controversial past and assault trial in June involving former Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel, in which he has plead not guilty to charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
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. Barton was last in charge of League One Fleetwood Town, leading the unfashionable north west club to the play-offs in 2019/20 before departing following a disagreement over transfer funds. The 38-year-old is said to have won both Al-Qadi and CEO Martyn Starnes over with his energy, enthusiasm and knowledge of the Rovers squad and what is required to move them up the table.
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After an optimistic summer of recruitment under former head coach Ben Garner and Widdrington last summer, the Gas started the season with an underwhelming run of results culminating in the dismissal of the head coach and the hiring of the more experienced Tisdale. However, Tisdale struggled to have any kind of discernable impact on the first team with Rovers falling further into relegation trouble after a run of 10 games without a win which caused the club to call time on his reign after just three months. Barton’s first game in the dugout is likely to be against Wigan on Tuesday at the Mem.
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