According to Sky Sports, controversial former Rangers player Joey Barton is set to be named manager of EFL League One club Bristol Rovers, with ex Ibrox defender Clint Hill expected to join the coaching staff.

Barton courted controversy throughout his playing career, and the midfielder turned out for big clubs such as Manchester City, Newcastle United and Marseille before joining the Gers in the summer of 2016.

Soon-to-be EFL manager Joey Barton in action for Rangers at Ibrox. (Photo by Lynne Cameron/Getty Images)

He was a high-profile signing for Rangers and seen as someone who would help take the fight to Celtic in the club’s first season back in the top flight.

His stint was disastrous, though, as he made only eight appearances before being suspended following a training ground clash with Andy Halliday and his contract was terminated in November 2016.

Barton then returned to England, but a brief second spell at Premier League club Burnley was effectively ended when he accepted an FA charge in relation to betting.

The former Ger was appointed as Fleetwood Town manager in the summer of 2018 and held the post until early last month, guiding the League One club to an 11th-place finish in his first season and the playoffs in his second, before being sacked midway through his third campaign following a poor run of results.

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Barton is set to take over at Bristol Rovers just over a month after his departure from Fleetwood Town. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Sky Sports reports that Barton is now set to take over at third-tier strugglers Bristol Rovers, who are currently 19th in the table.


An announcement is expected prior to the Pirates’ home fixture against Wigan Athletic on Tuesday night.

Former Gers defender, Clint Hill, who served as Barton’s assistant at Fleetwood, is set to join the coaching staff.

Hill played 31 times for Rangers during the 2016/17 season and scored six times, including a dramatic late equaliser in an Old Firm at Parkhead in March 2017.

Rangers defeated Dundee United 4-1 at Ibrox on Sunday afternoon – check out our Player Ratings and our Review Video over on the Rangers News YouTube Channel.

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