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Joey Barton Vows to Improve Conduct Amidst Stadium Ban

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Bristol Rovers’ manager, Joey Barton, is no stranger to the spotlight, and as the new season kicks off, he finds himself facing the consequences of his actions. Following his team’s 2-1 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday on April 18th, the 40-year-old received a red card and a subsequent three-game stadium ban. This punishment came after he was caught using profane language directed at an official, both in the tunnel and the officials’ changing room.

In a candid interview with BBC Radio Bristol, Barton admitted to his mistakes and acknowledged the need for change. “I’ve got to be better, and I intend my conduct towards referees and my comments about them to be better this season,” he declared. He expressed remorse for missing Bristol Rover’s first game of the season against Portsmouth, recognizing the significance of the match and the positive energy it would bring to Fratton Park.

Reflecting on his suspension, Barton humorously admitted his unfamiliarity with streaming technology, which might be his only option to watch the game. He mused, “I’m hoping I’ll be sitting comfortably watching the game, but any way of me getting a feed will probably mean I’m 30, 40, 50 seconds behind. I’m not sure where the streams are at these days.”

Despite the disappointment of missing crucial matches against Barnsley and Charlton, Barton acknowledged the fairness of his ban, admitting, “Ideally, I wouldn’t be banned, but I shouldn’t have sworn at the referee, and I’ve got to prove my behavior, especially when decisions go against us.”

On the football front, Rovers have been proactive in the transfer window, securing eight signings thus far, with defender Connor Taylor making a permanent return to the team from Stoke. Barton expressed the club’s desire to bolster their squad further before the summer transfer window closes. “We’ve got several more to do, I think, before we’ve got all the pieces of the jigsaw for the first part of the season,” he shared.

He emphasized the importance of deadline day, a potential opportunity to add an x-factor player that could make a significant impact. However, Barton also recognized the challenge of bringing in new signings at such a critical juncture, stating, “you’re not wanting three or four because it’s never a good time.” Once the window closes, the squad will be set, and the focus will shift to improving as a cohesive unit.

Rovers finished 17th in League One last season, but with fresh investment from new co-owner, Kuwaiti businessman Hussain AlSaeed, the club’s aspirations are high. Barton expressed confidence in the players they have brought in, highlighting how the recruitment process has addressed areas where they were lacking.

“We’ve just got to get better. The recruitment we’ve chosen has certainly developed us in areas of the team we felt we were lacking last year,” Barton asserted. He believes the experiences from the previous season will serve as valuable lessons, and the upcoming game against Portsmouth will provide an opportunity to further understand and refine the team.

Joey Barton’s commitment to personal growth and improving his conduct exemplifies the importance of accountability and leadership on and off the field. As Bristol Rovers embarks on a new season with renewed vigor, all eyes will be on Barton to deliver on his promises and lead his team to success. The journey will undoubtedly be filled with ups and downs, but one thing is certain – Barton’s determination will be unwavering as he strives to be the best version of himself, both as a manager and a role model.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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