Joey Barton left Fleetwood Town on Monday. A statement released Monday afternoon simply stated that a former Newcastle player had left the club with an “immediate effect.”
This has sparked a lot of speculation as to whether it was the club or Joey Barton who made this happen.
But a further official statement from Fleetwood Town yesterday revealed its position.
The club, which released a quote from owner Andy Pilly, said: “Today’s decision was difficult for me, but I felt it was the right time for the club to move in another direction.”
It seemed pretty tough to outsiders, as Joey Barton surprised many by doing what looked like a very decent job.
Fleetwood Town finished 14th in League One in 2017/18, followed by Joey Barton, who finished 11th in his first season as a manager. In the shortened 2019/20 season, Burton made them quite high. Fleetwood finished sixth at the table, played off and lost to the championship Wycombe Wanderers.
This season, Joey Barton finished 10th, three points behind the playoffs, ahead of Sunderland by goal.
Coincidentally, Joey Barton started his first managerial position and Sunderland fell into League One.
Not surprisingly, Burton’s past “jokes” Sunderland Fans are at a completely new level than the former Newcastle The midfielder has an overwhelming advantage. In six meetings between the two clubs since Joey Barton was appointed, Fleetwood had two wins, four draws and no McKem win.
This Tuesday, Joey Barton released an official response to his dismissal via LMA (League Managers Association).
If you read the following, you have to say a pretty classy reaction in the situation.
Joey Barton delivers the right kind of message at times of great difficulty for many.
Joey Barton Statement League Managers Association (LMA) – January 5, 2021:
“First of all, I would like to thank President Andy Pilley for giving me the opportunity to manage Fleetwood Town. I have enjoyed every minute of my time at the club.
“I’ve learned a lot over the last two and a half years. There are some great people in Fleetwood Town and I enjoy getting to know them all.
“I would also like to thank all the coaching staff for both what I inherited and what I brought in. It was some high and low price trips, and I see each of them getting better every day. I really enjoyed it.
“I would like to thank my fans and thank you for sticking to me in my first management position.
“It’s not as naive as I always think it’s right, but my only intention during my tenure was to move this football club forward. I only say good things about the Fleetwood people and the community around them. No. Welcomed from day one.
“Thanks to all the players for bringing me every day. No one enjoyed playing against Fleetwood Town and it’s up to you in the end. Put up with me on my coaching journey Thank you for your cooperation. Thank you for your continued support.
“It’s a tough time for everyone, now with everything that’s happening all over the world.
“I’m just a football manager who lost his job. There are many people who have lost them in the last 12 months and were far superior to me in their respect.
“We will continue to improve with this timeout until the next opportunity comes.
“It’s great for 2021.”
– Soccer Sports
Joey Barton responds in a statement through the League Managers Association after dismissal
https://www.themag.co.uk/2021/01/joey-barton-responds-with-statement-via-league-managers-association-after-sacking-newcastle-united-fleetwood-town/ Joey Barton responds in a statement through the League Managers Association after dismissal