Joey Barton was appointed as manager of Bristol Rovers on 22nd February 2021, with the club in a relegation battle.
Unfortunately, he could not prevent the Gas from dropping into League Two. However, the club bounced back in his first full season in charge, finishing 3rd and gaining automatic promotion back to League One with a stunning 7-0 win on the final day of the season.
Prior to managing Rovers, Barton was in charge at Fleetwod Town between 2018 and 2021.
Barton’s playing career began at Manchester City, where he made 153 appearances, scoring 17 goals, between 2002 and 2007. The midfielder went on to play for Newcastle, QPR, Marseille (loan), Rangers and two spells at Burnley.
In total, Barton made 435 appearances and scored 37 goals, winning a solitary international cap for England in 2007.