Joey Barton in sudden departure from Portsmouth promotion rivals Fleetwood

Joey Barton has today departed Fleetwood Town.
Joey Barton, who today left as Fleetwood boss, was at Fratton Park last month overseeing a goalless draw for his then club. Picture: Jason Brown/ProSportsImagesJoey Barton, who today left as Fleetwood boss, was at Fratton Park last month overseeing a goalless draw for his then club. Picture: Jason Brown/ProSportsImages
Joey Barton, who today left as Fleetwood boss, was at Fratton Park last month overseeing a goalless draw for his then club. Picture: Jason Brown/ProSportsImages

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’.

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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.

He brought his side to Fratton Park last month, the fixture ending in a goalless draw which frustrated the Blues.

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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