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Joey Barton is named new Fleetwood boss in first managerial role for former Man City ace

He won't be able to officially take over until June 2 when his suspension over his betting charges ends

Joey Barton has been named as the new manager of Fleetwood Town.

The former Man City ace will officially take charge of the League One outfit on June 2, when his suspension over betting charges ends.

Joey Barton will take his first steps into management with League One side Fleetwood Town from June 2

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Joey Barton will take his first steps into management with League One side Fleetwood Town from June 2

It will be Barton’s first managerial role, although Fleetwood have said his official title is “head coach”.

Back in April last year Barton was banned for 18 months after breaching FA betting rules.

He admitted to placing 1,260 football-related bets between 26 March 2006 and 13 May 2016.

However the 35-year-old, who never officially retired from football, successfully appealed and the ban was reduced to 13 months.

Joey Barton is set to take over as the new Fleetwood Town manager on June 2

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Joey Barton is set to take over as the new Fleetwood Town manager on June 2

This will end on June 1.

He last played for Burnley at the end of the 2016/17 campaign, after his contract at Rangers was terminated in November 2016 following just eight matches for the Scottish side.

Barton featured 18 times for the Clarets in all competitions in his second spell at the club – scoring a memorable late winner against Southampton at Turf Moor.

Despite helping them avoid relegation from the Premier League he was released at the end of the season after he was banned by the FA.

Speaking to the Fleetwood club website, Barton said: ““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.”

And Cod Army chairman Andy Pilley added: “This is a huge appointment for Fleetwood Town Football Club and one I’m very excited about.

“Joey not only brings a host of experience and profile, but I also feel he has the potential to become one of the best in the new generation of coaches

“He’s someone I’ve known for a number of years and I’m convinced he’s ready to make the step into management, and that he will be a huge success.

“Joey will be able to build-on the fantastic work done by John Sheridan during the last couple of months, one he deserves huge credit for.

“John joined us on a short term arrangement with the aim of keeping us in League One and I’m delighted he’s been able to do that.

“Today’s news signals a new chapter for Fleetwood Town which starts on June 2nd, and one which we are all excited about.”