Bristol news Joey Barton vows to 'galvanise army' and give Gasheads a team to be proud of PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - Joey Barton spoke to Bristol Live on Monday afternoon after being confirmed
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Joey Barton has vowed to unite Bristol Rovers fans and give them a team to be proud of after being appointed as manager on Monday. The 38-year-old takes the reins as Rovers’ third manager of the season with the club 19th in League One, two points clear of the relegation zone, but he says he is excited by the potential he sees in the Gas. Barton will be in the dugout for Tuesday’s huge relegation battle against Wigan Athletic at the Mem, with getting the points required to avoid relegation his top priority. But, beyond the end of this season, the former Fleetwood Town boss saw plenty to get excited about which lured him to the Mem. Read More Related Articles Joey Barton’s biggest challenge lies beyond just winning games for Bristol Rovers Read More Related Articles Wael Al-Qadi explains why Bristol Rovers have appointed Joey Barton as next manager “I saw the 40,000 that were at Wembley not so long ago for a play-off final,” Barton told Bristol Live. “There has not been great success. I’m not following Bill Shankly and it looks like a club that needs its day in the sun. “They deserve to have a good team to get behind and support all over the country and really get energised by seeing the boys pull on the quarters. “I think it’s our job to mobilise them. I speak for the players and coaches, I think it’s our job as a team to get that positive energy behind us, and I think if we get that I think the ambition of this club and the owner is incredibly exciting. “But before we get off and running, we have to walk first, which is securing League One status and making sure we’re in this division next season and ready to push up the table that we want to be in. Read More Related Articles Joey Barton press conference live: New Bristol Rovers manager to discuss appointment Read More Related Articles Bristol Rovers confirm appointment of Joey Barton as next manager “As I say, it’s our job to galvanise this army, this fanbase. It’s not their job to get behind the team, it’s our job to make them believe, and I’m convinced, with the talent we’ve got, with hard work and dedication on the training pitch, we’ll mobilise this army and get the blue side of the city rocking. Barton’s appointment has left the fanbase divided. Concerns stem from his previous indiscretions and an upcoming trial after denying an allegation of assault occasioning actual bodily harm following an incident with former Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel. Social media arguments between Gasheads has ensued since Barton became the front-runner for the job, with some threatening they will not renew their season tickets for next season. Barton was asked how he intends to prove his doubters wrong.
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Joey Barton (centre) has been appointed Bristol Rovers manager and will be assisted by Clint Hill (left) and Andy Mangan (right).
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“Maybe nothing I can say at the moment will change their mind, but if we go and put a good team together and move the club where we want to move it, naturally they will be more receptive to me. “But I understand. I’ve polarised people since I was in high school, so it’s natural when I come into anything, either being signed as a player or coming to the job as a manager, that there is a bit of scepticism. “That’s healthy and it keeps you on your toes, and with a point to prove, but also I was shocked and overwhelmed by the amount of support. I’d seen all the tweets to Wael (Al-Qadi) and I’d seen all the tweets to me about coming to take the job. “It felt like 98 per cent positive, and obviously I did see some people who didn’t want me. I can take an opinion on someone that is not positive, but I always remain open and if they show via action they deserve support. “This is their football club. I’m only a custodian, I’m here to drive standards in a short period, whether that’s one, two, five, six or seven years, who knows, but it’s not my football club.
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“I’m here to give everything I’ve got and my staff and the players will be the same. “Hopefully those Rovers fans will be prepared to give us the time of day, give us an opportunity to show what we’re about and make that judgement. “I totally understand it, but I’m confident with our actions that they will be believers before my tenure here is out.”
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