Joey Barton – Bristol Rovers Boss Joins Favourite List For Burnley Post
Bristol Rovers promotion winning manager Joey Barton has emerged as the bookmaker’s favourite for the vacant manager job at Burnley Football Club. As the club looks for a new first-team manager after parting company with Sean Dyche they have persisted with the caretaker manager Michael Jackson, who has overseen five matches where he has won three, drawn one and lost one.
Any new prospective manager would be expected to join at the end of the season, given there are only three games remaining in the campaign and the board’s faith in Michael Jackson. It will also be dependent on what division the Clarets find themselves in next season Premier League or Sky Bet Championship. Should they find themselves relegated then emerging as a key candidate for the role is Sky Bet League Two promotion winning boss Joey Barton.
Barton had two spells at Burnley, playing in their 2015/16 Championship winning season, as well as coming back from a spell with Glasgow Rangers for the second part of their Premier League season in 2017. The thirty-nine year old has quickly risen as an outside candidate at 40/1 to become the new firm choice at 11/8. It comes just days after the former Queens Park Rangers midfielder led the Gas to a dramatic promotion, overturning Northampton’s five goal deficit to get back to League One on the virtue of goals scored.
Barton was asked almost a month ago of his opinion on the sacking of Dyche, who became a close friend following their time together at Burnley and he said: “From my experience there, I’m not in the dressing room, I’m not in the club so I don’t know what’s gone on, but I would think you’d have a much better chance with Sean Dyche, Ian Woan, Steve Stone, Tony Loughlan and Billy Mercer in the building than Burnley would without them. He’s been an incredible manager for Burnley as a town and a football club. So, hopefully, the next man who comes in can take it on to the next stage but it’s going to be a very tough act to follow that’s for sure.”
Also listed amongst the favourites are former Manchester City defender Vincent Kompny, as well as Wayne Rooney, Chris Wilder, Bodo/Glimt boss Kjetil Knutsen and current caretaker manager Michael Jackson, who could take the job on a permanent basis.