By Wayne Veysey

21st Feb, 2021 | 4:45pm

Sources: Joey Barton agrees to be new Bristol Rovers manager

Joey Barton has agreed to become the new Bristol Rovers manager, Football Insider can reveal.

The 38-year-old was offered the post earlier in the week after this site revealed a breakthrough in negotiations on Tuesday.

A source at the Memorial Stadium has told Football Insider that he has now accepted the club’s offer and is set to put pen to paper on a contract.

Bristol Rovers have been on the hunt for a new manager since Paul Tisdale was sacked on 10 February after less than three months in charge.

The 48-year-old won just five of his 19 games in charge of the club to leave them in danger of relegation.

Head of recruitment Tommy Widdrington has been on caretaker duty since but he will now return to his previous role with Barton set to take over.

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Barton has been without a club since 4 January after he was dismissed from his post at Fleetwood Town.

The former Manchester City and Newcastle midfielder was by large a success at Highbury, with 54 wins in his 128 matches in charge.

He led the Cod Army to the League One Play-Offs last season but they fell short of promotion after a 6-3 aggregate loss to Wycombe Wanderers in the semi-finals.

Bristol Rovers are set to be Barton’s second job in management after he retired from his playing career in June 2018.

He will be tasked with keeping the Gas in League One this season – the club currently sit just two points above the relegation zone after a 2-0 loss at Gillingham on Saturday.

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