Joey Barton is set to take his first steps into management when his suspension ends this summer.
The former Burnley and Newcastle midfielder is currently serving an 18-month ban for violating betting rules (though that was later reduced on appeal) – a ban that led to his release by Burnley last season.
It was confirmed on Wednesday that Barton is to take the reins at League One side Fleetwood Town, officially beginning his new role on June 2nd.
✍️ | Fleetwood Town can confirm an agreement has been reached for @Joey7Barton to become the club’s new Head Coach as of June 2nd.
— Fleetwood Town FC (@ftfc) April 18, 2018
The 35-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the club, and will take over from former Ireland international John Sheridan.
It is not known at this time whether or not Barton plans to combine his coaching duties with the prolonging of his playing career. The controversial figure has featured in over 400 matches over the course of an extensive playing career, but has not played professionally since being handed the suspension from the Football Association in April 2017.
Fleetwood, meanwhile, are comfortably in midtable in League One. The Cod Army have endured something of a roller-coaster season, even sacking Uwe Rosler midway through the campaign, but Sheridan has steadied the ship during his time at the club.