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Former Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton takes first managerial role

Former Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton has been appointed as the new headcoach of League One side Fleetwood Town, the club has announced.

He will take charge of the club’s first team this summer after signing a three-year deal - starting from 2nd June 2018. It comes after he was previously banned from the FA after being found guilty of breaching betting rules last year.

This will be Barton's first role as a head coach following his successful playing career at clubs such as Newcastle United, Manchester City and Burnley.

He joined Newcastle United on 14th June 2007 for a fee of £5.8 million and spent four years at the club.

Fleetwood Town's Chairman Andy Pilley said Barton has a host of experience and profile with the potential to become one of the best in the new generation of coaches.

Barton joined the Magpies in 2007 Credit: PA

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.

– Joey Barton