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Joey Barton was today relieved of his managerial duties in a shock move by Fleetwood Town after three years of managing the League One side.
In a short statement on the club's official website, they confirmed: "Fleetwood Town can confirm manager Joey Barton has left the club with immediate effect.
"We would like to thank Joey for his work during his time at Highbury Stadium and wish him success in the future."
The club are 10th in League One and sit just three points outside the play-off places after a mixed start to the season.
So why has Barton left the club so suddenly?
The Sun report chairman Andy Pilley spent a few days reviewing the background of Barton's recent fallout with striker Ched Evans.
The former Welsh international has left the club for 'disciplinary reasons' and is being linked with a move to Preston.
According to the Daily Mail, the pair clashed after Barton failed to see the funny side of a comedy act delivered by Evans in recent weeks.
The striker has been absent since the incident, with Barton refusing to consider the former Sheffield United star for selection.
Chairman Pilley has backed Barton in the past, but appears to have lost his patience with the former Newcastle and Manchester City star.
“It has been rumbling on with people asking me where he is – and I’m not a manager who likes to hide the reality," Barton said when asked about Evans recently.
“I think it’s important for our fanbase and the people who care about Fleetwood to know where they stand.
“A fully fit and at it Ched Evans in that game (against Wigan) would have been an asset to us, as he would be for anybody.
“At this moment in time my belief is that we’re better off without him.”
Speaking of the player's exit, he added: "He’s no longer with us and he’ll leave the building due to his discipline and his behaviour.
“There’s been multiple infractions and we always try to give a bit of leeway but it’s just run its course.”
Barton joined Fleetwood a day after his ban for betting on football matches ended in June 2018.
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