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Favourites to become new Bristol Rovers boss | Joey Barton labelled Steve Evans ‘fat man’

The top six favourites to become new Bristol Rovers boss has been revealed as sacked boss Joey Barton issues a statement on his exit.

Joey Barton was axed with the club sitting in 16th place in League One; having won just one out of their last five league games.

He arrived in February 2021, but couldn’t keep them from going down to League Two. He then led them to a dramatic promotion, returning to League One secured on goals scored after a 7-0 win over Scunthorpe on the final day of the 2021-22 season.

He signed a new three-year deal with Tranmere in July 2022, and led the club to safety and 17th place in League One last season, but now finds himself unemployed.

In a statement, he said: “What a journey we have been on as a club. I appreciate Wael giving me the opportunity to lead the Gas Heads. I will always look back on I my time in Bristol with fond memories.

“We created some amazing memories on the journey, achieving promotion and that 7-0 victory are days that my family and I will never forget.

“Thanks to the players, I appreciate every single one of your contributions during my tenure at the club, it was a privilege to lead you.

“To the fans, thanks for your patience with me, I did not always get every decision right, but I made them all with the best intentions. I wish everyone of you the best, thanks for sticking with me. This is your football club, I was only a custodian. I did my very best.

“Most importantly, this club is now in an amazing position to move forward and in a much stronger position than when I arrived.

“Thanks for the memories and see you soon. Goodnight Irene. JB”


BetVictor – 27th October – 3pm
Dean Holden – 2/1
Neil Harris, Ian Holloway – 4/1
Steve Cotterill – 10/1
Karl Robinson, Danny Cowley, John Eustace – 12/1
Nathan Jones – 14/1
Stephen Clemence – 16/1

According to Darren Witcoop: “Steve Cotterill’s name cropping up with every job in League One. But understand he’s keen on replacing Joey Barton at Bristol Rovers. Dean Holden, another ex-Bristol City manager, also in the mix and is highly thought of #brfc #bristolrovers”

Meanwhile, Joey Barton causes a stir after he labelled Steve Evans a ‘fat man’ in his post-match reaction after the 1-1 draw against Stevenage, which ended up being his last game in charge.

Interviewer: ‘A moment of vision from Chris Martin has got you a point tonight.’

Joey Barton: ‘Yeah, a great finish from Chris. I thought our performance warranted that in the second half… Tonight, we were disappointed that we didn’t get the foul for their first goal, disappointed that we didn’t get a penalty when the lads handballs it.

‘Obviously, the fat man’s going bananas at the referee which is normal for the end of a game. Every referee at this level knows they’re going to get the weeble wobbling across the pitch and berating them.

‘But again, I’ll have to watch it back. He’s complaining it’s a handball in the build up to our goal so maybe it has even the course there.’

Here’s how fans reacted with the favourites to become new Bristol Rovers boss revealed…

@Caffracer: If Cotterill gets the job it will alienate 90% of the fan base, due to some of the things he said about us when he was manager at Bristol City. I have no confidence in the ability of our new owners to pick the right person, and they’re not exactly engaging with us right now.

@1983richings: No way… absolutely no way Dean Holden. If you thought fans stayed away when JB was here, watch what happens if he gets the job.. #UTG

@1983richings: Would love Andy Mangan to have a great few games in charge and get the job permanently. Seems a top bloke who cares, you can see his relationship with the players is strong.. #inmanganwetrust #UTG #bristolrovers

@Harrtron: Extremely depressing

@leedarrellirwin: No thanks to Holden

@BRFC_Toby: We are just turning into an ex city team, should of kept barton if it’s either of them

@BRFCBill: No, no and no again

@darrell_ben: Don’t you dare @waelalqadi @thgorringe

@mxt84: I beg we don’t do this

@joegilbert1605: If it’s not Jones or Eustace then there was no point sacking Joey imo

@AdrianColes72: Hilarious @bristolrovers would not accept either Cotterill or Holden , both massively disliked by the fanbase, they won’t even be considered !

@sfry0804: No ambition what so ever. You don’t hire your rivals ex managers ffs

@liamnnoble: Mangan till the end of the season please. These names are horrific 😳

@PaulGashead180: Olli for me all the way, the most passionate Bristolian you will ever get. Bring him home. UTG

@charlien044: Dean please don’t do this

@oasisgas: Would love Jones while I would not be against Robinson but if we start having to look down the list after them then I think I would rather give Mangan a chance. Maybe he feels now is the time to become number 1 and not a number 2. Still believe we have have a person lined up #utg

@ColinGould2: I should imagine that employing an ex Bristol City manager would go a long way to re-uniting the fan base… we’ll likely all be very angry! #UTG

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