Joey Barton in sudden departure from Portsmouth promotion rivals Fleetwood
The Highbury club are placed 10th in League One, just three points outside the play-offs.
However, they have this afternoon announced manager Barton has left with ‘immediate effect’.
Barton took over Fleetwood in June 2018 and led them to last season’s play-offs, where they lost at the semi-final stage to eventual winners Wycombe.
In a short statement on their website, Fleetwood said: ‘Fleetwood Town can confirm manager Joey Barton has left the club with immediate effect.
‘We would like to thank Joey for his work during his time at Highbury Stadium and wish him success in the future.’
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