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MetiNews.Com - Joey Barton spoke to Bristol Live on Monday after being named Bristol Rovers manager
Breaking News ! Hi Joey, nice to meet you. So why Bristol Rovers? The size of the club, really. I played against Rovers a number of times in a short space of time as Fleetwood manager. It’s a difficult place to come when the Mem is in full chorus and it can certainly make a massive difference to the team. The ability to mobilise that fanbase. I saw the 40,000 that were at Wembley not so long ago for a play-off final. The fact there has not been great success. I’m not following Bill Shankly and it looks like a club that needs its day in the sun. They deserve to have a good team to get behind and support all over the country and really get energised by seeing the boys pull on the quarters. I think it’s our job to mobilise them. I speak for the players and coaches, I think it’s our job as a team to get that positive energy behind us, and I think if we get that I think the ambition of this club and the owner is incredibly exciting. But before we get off and running, we have to walk first, which is securing League One status and making sure we’re in this division next season and ready to push up the table that we want to be in. Read More Related Articles Joey Barton’s biggest challenge lies beyond just winning games for Bristol Rovers Read More Related Articles Wael Al-Qadi explains why Bristol Rovers have appointed Joey Barton as next manager How do you want the team to play? Win, taking three points on Saturday. It’s difficult, because the way you want to play and the players you’ve got at your disposal are two different things, and also how many coaching hours you get. I’ve got my style and way I want to play medium to long term, but I will not get the opportunity to do that if I’m not successful in the short term. We’ve got some good players in the building, players who can play many aspects of the system I want to play. We will find out over the next period. I’ve watched the team for a short period, doing my research of recent games, but you need to see the lads on the training ground on a daily basis and you need to try different positions and work hard on the coaching pitch before your team takes shape and the style of football. Joey Barton during his first training session at Bristol Rovers. (Image: JMP) What we did at Fleetwood won’t be the same here. We’ll find a different group of players and a different way of doing it, but the intention will be the same: win games of football, play when we can in the right spaces, but we want to build a side that pushes towards the top end of this division. Like I say, we’ve got a lot of quality players in the building already and once we get our hands on them and full evaluate them over this next period, I’m pretty sure the Rovers fans will be happy with the way we play because we want to be on the front foot, we want to be dominating the ball. If you look at what we did at Fleetwood with an average attendance of 2,000-3,000, imagine what we can do if we’re getting 12,000 in the Mem. We can certainly get it rocking, and as I say, the key for us is playing winning football. I’m sure you’ve done plenty of research over the past few says. What do you know of the squad’s strengths and weaknesses? Again, I think I need a further period of time to evaluate that. Obviously I’ve made enough valuations to still take the job, so you can clearly see it’s a very positive overview. I think firstly, in my first press conference, I don’t want to be giving any opposition managers any steers in the direction of what I’ve seen. I want to keep it under my hat until we address it. Clearly, for a club of this size to be sitting where it’s sitting, with the talent people we have, things aren’t 100 per cent efficient. Joey Barton (centre) has been appointed Bristol Rovers manager and will be assisted by Clint Hill (left) and Andy Mangan (right). (Image: Bristol Rovers FC) I’ve spotted some things already where I think we can make improvements.
. You can’t just expect the players to take the burden on and move the club. They can do it quicker if they get results, they can lift the whole club, but I think confidence comes from good preparation. I’m a massive NFL fan and I’ve got a lot of my coaching influences from sport, not just football. American football coach Bill Walsh wrote a great book called The Score Takes Care Of Itself, and I’m very much a disciple of that. If you do the right things habitually, good results and positivity just tends to flow. I’m convinced in a period of time Rovers fans will be delighted to get back at the stadium and chomping at the bit to watch this team play. In my two-and-a-half years as a manager, every time my team has taken to the pitch they have competed. As a football fan, which I am, you’re happy with that. If a team turn up every week and give you everything they’ve got, I think any decent football fan will have his couple of pints and say “yeah, OK, I can live with that. They’re fighting for our jersey and our team”. We always produced that in my tenure at Fleetwood and I intend to produce that in my time at Rovers and I’m really excited about the future. As I say, it’s our job to galvanise this army, this fanbase. It’s not their job to get behind the team, it’s our job to make them believe, and I’m convinced, with the talent we’ve got, with hard work and dedication on the training pitch, we’ll mobilise this army and get the blue side of the city rocking.
Joey Barton was confirmed as Bristol Rovers manager on Monday.
Joey, there are people who are sceptical. What do you say to those people and why do you think you are the right man to lead Bristol Rovers forward? It’s tough. I think it’s better that action does it rather than words. Maybe nothing I can say at the moment will change their mind, but if we go and put a good team together and move the club where we want to move it, naturally they will be more receptive to me. But I understand. I’ve polarised people since I was in high school, so it’s natural when I come into anything, either being signed as a player or coming to the job as a manager, that there is a bit of scepticism. That’s healthy and it keeps you on your toes, and with a point to prove, but also I was shocked and overwhelmed by the amount of support. I’d seen all the tweets to Wael and I’d seen all the tweets to me about coming to take the job. It felt like 98 per cent positive, and obviously I did see some people who didn’t want me. I can take an opinion on someone that is not positive, but I always remain open and if they show via action they deserve support. This is their football club. I’m only a custodian, I’m here to drive standards in a short period, whether that’s one, two, five, six or seven years, who knows, but it’s not my football club.
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I’m here to give everything I’ve got and my staff and the players will be the same. Hopefully those Rovers fans will be prepared to give us the time of day, give us an opportunity to show what we’re about and make that judgement. I totally understand it, but I’m confident with our actions that they will be believers before my tenure here is out.
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