Charlton, Derby, Portsmouth and Peterborough’s League One rivals sack manager

Five League One managers have now been given the boot so far this season.
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Charlton Athletic’s League One rivals Bristol Rovers have parted ways with manager Joey Barton after almost three years at the hilt of the club. Rovers currently sit 16th in the table, having banked just four wins throughout the season so far.

First-team coach Andy Mangan will step in as interim manager while the club look to consider their options for replacing Barton full-time. Coaches Glenn Whelan, Danny Ventre and Anssi Jaakkola will also provide their support during this period, with their next match against Northampton Town fast approaching this weekend.

Barton joined Bristol Rovers in February 2021 with a huge uphill climb on his hands as the team battled relegation. The former Manchester City and Newcastle United midfielder was unable to secure their place in League One, but he did guide them to promotion the following season, marking his first full term with the club in style.

Barton was rewarded with a new contract last summer, but just 15 months on and Rovers have parted way with their manager amid their slow start to the 2023/24 season. His last match in charge was their 1-1 home draw against Stevenage, this followed their 4-1 loss to Burton which also saw Ryan Woods sent off.

“Everyone at the club would like to thank Joey for all his efforts and wish him well in the future,” the club wrote in a brief statement.

Rovers are now the fifth League One side to opt for a new manager, following Charlton Athletic, Fleetwood Town, Cheltenham Town and Lincoln City. Charlton were the first to sack their head coach, following the dismissal of Dean Holden in August after less than a year in charge.

Goalkeeper coach Glyn Shimell and assistant coach Danny Senda also left the club. The Addicks have since brought in Michael Appleton, who signed a two-year contract in September, after last being in the Championship with Blackpool.