Former Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton has been appointed as Bristol Rovers’ new manager

Barton, who spent four seasons on Tyneside as a player, is back in management after leaving Fleetwood Town last month

The 38-year-old guided Fleetwood to the Ligue 1 play-offs last season but was sacked last month after two and a half years at the helm of Highbury Stadium

However, he’s now back in charge with another League One team as he seeks to keep the Pirates away from relegation issues.

“We are delighted to welcome Joey to Bristol Rovers and look forward to working closely with him to move our football club forward,” Rovers club president Wael Al Qadi said on the club’s official website

“Joey’s experience in the game matches his passion for coaching and getting results, which makes him a great candidate for the role

“He already has a good knowledge of the league from his time at Fleetwood and has shown his skills to deliver results and get the most out of the players he works with

“We are confident that he will be able to continue the continued development of the young players who move up the ranks at the club and speaking to him I know his ambitions match what we want to achieve as a football club

“I wish Joey, staff and players the best of luck in the games ahead as we look to strengthen our security in Sky Bet League One and build for the future”

Barton has brought Clint Hill and Andy Mangan with him, with the duo set to take on the roles of assistant manager and first team coach respectively

The former Manchester City, Marseille, QPR, Rangers and Burnley midfielder will take charge of his squad for the first time on Tuesday night by hosting Wigan Athletic at Memorial Stadium

Bristol Rovers will host Sunderland in the South West next month as Barton looks to maintain his unbeaten record as a coach against the Black Cats on Saturday March 27

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