Fleetwood chief ‘supremely confident’ Barton will succeed

Date published: Thursday 19th April 2018 3:27 - Ian Watson

New Fleetwood head coach Joey Barton has learned from past mistakes and can prove a “huge success” as he takes his first steps into management, according to chairman Andy Pilley.

The 35-year-old has signed a three-year contract from June 2, when his suspension for breaking Football Association betting rules expires.

The appointment of the controversial one-cap England midfielder has been greeted with a mixed response, but chairman Pilley is confident Barton is the right man at the right time for Fleetwood.

“I have appointed managers with no previous experience in the past and they have always been successful,” Pilley said on Sky Sports News. “I had Graham Alexander and Micky Mellon, who both won promotions.

“There is a risk in any appointment, but, knowing Joe as I do, I am supremely confident he will be a huge success.”


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