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Joey Barton’s suspension ends on 1st June this year; Joey Barton will become the head coach of Fleetwood Town on 2nd June as he returns to the game he has been banished from for almost a year.

1516 burnley joey barton 03 500x550The news was a bit of a shock when it was announced this afternoon but, thinking about it, nothing should shock me where Joey (or Joseph as he prefers to be called) is concerned after he’s had such a colourful career.

At a recent event at Colne Municipal Hall, when asked if he’d be back at Burnley, he said he’d love to but he felt that we’d moved on and needed better players than him now. It was an honest opinion from someone I thought would be back in the game sooner rather than later although I expected him to join the playing ranks again.

But he’s turned to management with Fleetwood, a club who have recovered well this season since John Sheridan took over on a short term contract.

Barton said: ” “I’m very excited by the challenge and the project at Fleetwood Town. It’s a club I’ve known for a long time, and a chairman I already have a very good relationship with. My first job in management was always going to be a big decision for me and I’m delighted with the opportunity ahead, I’m joining a club with big ambitions. I’m looking forward to getting started on June 2nd.”

The reaction from Burnley fans has been as I expected. I think you’d struggle to find a Claret who wasn’t delighted with his contribution at Turf Moor in two spells and the response has been almost universal in wishing him the very best which, of course, we at Up the Clarets do. I’m sure that Burnley fans will be keeping a close eye on Fleetwood’s results next season.

Maybe it is too late for a pre-season friendly but will they be looking to take any of our players on loan next season? It could happen. I believe he has a decent relationship with our manager and he could be persuaded over an omelette.

Good luck in your new role Joseph.

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