Ex-Celtic captain Scott Brown is set to follow in the footsteps of one-time Rangers nemesis Joey Barton by taking over at Fleetwood Town.
The ex-Scotland captain is reportedly on the verge of taking over at Highbury Stadium after hanging up his boots earlier in the month.
Scott Brown had spent some time as a player/coach at Aberdeen during Stephen Glass’ tumultuous reign at Pittodrie before being released by Jim Goodwin.
According to the Scottish Daily Mail [print: 11/05, back page], Brown has won the race to take over at Fleetwood with Livingston’s Davie Martindale and ex-Hibs assistant Gary Caldwell also believed to be in the running.
Joey Barton – who had an ill-fated seven-month spell at Rangers in 2016 which ended in him being suspended and released – knows all to well about the job at Fleetwood Town.
The ex-Newcastle United and Man City midfielder took over at the Cod Army in 2018 in what was his first role as a manager.
After two-and-a-half years at Fleetwood, Joey Barton was sacked and not without controversy amid accusations he assaulted Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel, a charge which he was later cleared of.
Scott Brown could face off against Joey Barton at Fleetwood Town
Interestingly, Scott Brown could lock horns with Joey Barton in the English third flight if the Fleetwood Town move goes through.
Barton is currently the manager of Bristol Rovers and has made the League Two play-offs as he looks to earn promotion to League One, where he would face Fleetwood next season.
Joey Barton famously claimed Scott Brown was “not in my league” after signing on at Rangers before his stint in Scotland collapsed before our very eyes.
Rangers had an awful campaign with manager Mark Warburton also leaving but Barton’s big mouth came back to haunt him and he stands as one of the Scottish game’s most embarrassing flops.
Meanwhile, Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou continues with petty soundbites as Rangers hog his title limelight.