Joey Barton has been confirmed as Fleetwood Town’s new manager this afternoon, however, plenty of fans remain sceptical over whether the ex-Rangers midfielder will prove to be a success in the dug-out.
Barton was one of English football’s most fiery characters during his playing days, a career which saw him star for Manchester City, QPR and Burnley.
He even had an ill-fated spell at Ibrox, which ended in disaster as Rangers terminated his contract after just four months in Glasgow.
The 35-year-old’s time as a player then came to a controversial end last year, as he was served with a 13-month ban for betting on football matches.
We haven’t heard much from Barton since, other than a few comical outbursts on the radio.
However, he clearly remains keen to stay involved in the game, a factor which League One side Fleetwood have capitalised on by handing him the reigns:
👋🏻 | The start of a new era at Highbury…
— Fleetwood Town FC (@ftfc) June 2, 2018
It will be interesting to what impact Barton can have on Fleetwood’s performances next season, as the ex-England international delves into management for the first time.
Needless to say, Barton already has his doubters lining up on social media:
— Philip Heys (@HeysPip) June 2, 2018
This will all end in tears, but good luck regardless.
— Chris (@betamax_bandit) June 2, 2018
Sacked by August 😂
— Stuart Robertson (@Stuart88778502) June 2, 2018
Won’t last long.
— Red White Gooner 🔴⚪️ (@RedWhite_Gooner) June 2, 2018
Can't wait to see what happens here; Joey could be gone by Christmas bc well it's Joey yet i can also see him being a bit decent if he loses that unearned ego
— Taylor (@MrTea_10) June 2, 2018
Hahaha the chairmen pic.twitter.com/kNkwlIrE45
— Mark (@Mark58755006) June 2, 2018
I think you will be unsuccessful.
— homsyvandam (@HulkHolmes) June 2, 2018
I give it 3 months max – after that may be you could get Gazza 😊
— David Ibbott (@DMIbbott) June 2, 2018
Gonna check sky bet for joey headbuttin another manager before Christmas.
— In Pest We Trust (@Jdotwhoooo) June 2, 2018
The Cod Army finished a disappointing 14th in League One last season, winning just 16 of their 49 matches.
Can Barton inspire his new charges to climb the table next term and mount a challenge for promotion?
Or is he destined to struggle in England’s north west?
Let us know your thoughts!