Joey Barton has been appointed manager of Bristol Rovers, seven weeks after leaving Fleetwood Town, also of League One

The former England international signed a deal at Memorial Stadium until 2023, replacing Paul Tisdale, sacked in February after just three months at the helm

Barton will take the lead for the first time at home against Wigan on Tuesday, with the Rovers 19th in the table but just three points above the Latics in second

The 38-year-old will be joined by assistant manager Clint Hill and first-team coach, with the Rovers confirming their current coaching staff will remain in place Barton’s appointment comes as Nigel Pearson is set to take over from Rovers’ local rivals Bristol City until the end of the season

Bristol Rovers owner and president Wael Al Qadi said: “We are confident that he will be able to continue the continued development of the young players who climb the club’s ranks and speak to him, I know his ambitions align with what we want to accomplish as a football club

“I wish Joey, the staff and the players the best of luck in the games to come as we look to consolidate our security in League One and build for the future,” said the Jordanian, who bought Bristol Rovers in 2016

Barton’s playing career included spells at Manchester City, Newcastle and Queens Park Rangers as well as a lone England squad, won against Spain in 2007 He spent two and a half years as a manager at Fleetwood before leaving in January

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