Joey Barton Dismissed by Fleetwood Town
Former Clarets midfielder Joey Barton has been dismissed by Sky Bet League One side Fleetwood Town with immediate effect after nearly three years with the club. Having initially been appointed in April 2018, he led the Cod Army to last season’s League One play-offs. Barton, leaves Fleetwood with the club in 10th position in the table, just three points off the play-off places.
Speaking this afternoon Fleetwood chairman Andy Pilley said “We would like to thank Joey for his work during his time and wish him success in the future. It was a tough one for me to make, but I felt now was the right time for the club to go in a different direction.”
The former Manchester City, Newcastle United and Burnley midfielder officially joined Fleetwood Town in his first managerial role in June 2018, the day after a ban for betting on matches started. Barton’s first season at the club was marked by controversy after an alleged clash with former Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel following a League One match at Oakwell Stadium.
Stendel, who won promotion with Barnsley that season was said to have suffered damage to a tooth following the incident which occurred following Barnsley’s 4-2 victory in April 2019. Barton, whose playing career also included an England cap against Spain in 2007 was due to stand trial last summer having earlier pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. However the case postponed until June 2021 due to coronavirus.
Fleetwood Town’s match against Ipswich Town which was scheduled for Monday evening as well as their trip to Sunderland on Saturday have been called off, due to several positive coronavirus cases at the club. Prior to the postponements, Barton had overseen a four-game unbeaten run although Fleetwood Town have only won one of their past seven league matches.