By Wayne Veysey

16th Feb, 2021 | 10:31am

Sources: Joey Barton in advanced talks to land Bristol Rovers job after breakthrough

Joey Barton is in advanced talks to become the new Bristol Rovers manager, Football Insider can reveal.

The 38-year-old is the favourite to take over the vacant Rovers post after a breakthrough in negotiations.

A source at the Memorial Ground has told Football Insider that Barton is expected to be offered the job and may be appointed within days.

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

Tisdale won just five of his 19 games in charge to leave the club in danger of relegation.

Head of recruitment Tommy Widdrington has been on caretaker duty since his dismissal and will remain in charge of first-team affairs until a successor is appointed.

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Barton is without a club after he was dismissed from his post at Fleetwood Town on 4 January.

The former Manchester City and Newcastle midfielder won 54 of his 128 matches in charge of the Cod Army and led the club to the League One Play-Offs last season.

However, Fleetwood missed out on promotion after a 6-3 aggregate loss to Wycombe Wanderers.

Rovers would be only Barton’s second job in management after he retired from his playing career in June 2018.

The Gas are enduring a torrid run of form which sees them winless in their last 10 games across all competitions.

The League One side welcome Portsmouth to the Memorial Ground tonight ahead of a trip to Gillingham on Saturday.

In other news, Harry Kane has made his position on Jose Mourinho’s future clear to his friends as pressure grows on the Tottenham boss this week.