Joey Barton was named manager of Bristol Rovers seven weeks after leaving Fleetwood Town, also from League One

The former England international has signed a contract at Memorial Stadium until 2023 replacing Paul Tisdale, who was sacked in February after just three months

Barton will take command for the first time at home against Wigan on Tuesday Rovers is 19 in the table, but only three points above the penultimate Latics

The 38-year-old is supported by assistant manager Clint Hill and the first team coach Rovers confirms current coaching team will remain in place Barton’s appointment comes after reports that Nigel Pearson will take the lead at Rovers’ rival Bristol City through the end of the season

Wael Al Qadi, owner and president of Bristol Rovers, said: “We are confident that he can continue the continued development of the younger players who come through the ranks and speak to him I know his ambitions agree with what we want to achieve as a football club

“I would like to wish Joey, the staff and the players the best of luck for the upcoming games as we want to consolidate our security in the premier league and build it for the future,” said the Jordanian, who bought Bristol Rovers in 2016

Barton’s career included spells at Manchester City, Newcastle and Queens Park Rangers, as well as a single English cap won against Spain in 2007. He spent two and a half years managing Fleetwood before leaving in January

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