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Live Commentary – Fleetwood vs Walsall

BARTON: I COULDN’T TURN IT DOWN

Joey Barton’s appointment took a lot of people by surprise when he was named as the new Fleetwood Town manager in the summer, but the former Newcastle and Manchester City midfielder, who has had a colourful career to say the least, couldn’t say no when he answered the call.

He told Sky Sports“Getting the job was a case of timing and opportunity. Fleetwood were changing managers and wanted to speak with me, and I couldn’t refuse that opportunity.

“It has been a bit of a baptism of fire because I didn’t really know much about the level and there were a lot of grounds I hadn’t visited before this season. But it’s the perfect breeding ground for me and a place where I know I can fulfil my potential.

“I don’t think anything can ever prepare you for it. It’s a role that varies from club to club and you can have all manner of things going on in any given day. You really have to think about the ramifications of any decision or any interaction.”

Read more from the Fishermen boss here.

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