Joey Barton is currently in no rush to find a new role and wants to focus on completing his UEFA Pro License after leaving Fleetwood Town, information that has been highlighted by The Athletic’s Nancy Frostick as she addressed rumours that he may be a candidate for the Sheffield Wednesday job.
The search for a new manager is ongoing after Tony Pulis was sacked by the Owls in late December and it seems that Barton’s exit from Fleetwood on Monday has caused rumours to circle that he could be in line to become the Welshman’s permanent replacement.
Frostick, a trusted source when it comes to Wednesday, took to Twitter yesterday to address the situation and highlight a report from The Athletic that claims the former Manchester City midfielder is in no rush to find a new position and wants to focus on completing his UEFA Pro License.
Regarding rumours of Joey Barton as a managerial candidate for #SWFC, worth noting detail in this piece from @GregOK on JB's Fleetwood exit – he's currently in no rush to find a new position and has plans to complete UEFA Pro License.
— Nancy Frostick (@nancyfrostick) January 5, 2021
Fleetwood was the 38-year-old’s first step into management and he spent two and a half years with the North West club, taking charge of them in 128 games.
A string of names have been linked with becoming the permanent Wednesday boss, including Paul Cook, Danny Cowley and caretaker manager Neil Thompson.
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It appears as if the rumours that Barton could be a candidate for the Wednesday job are just that, rumours.
That will likely be a big relief for Owls fans, who will know that their club need some stability right now – hardly something that the controversial ex-Man City player can guarantee.
The suggestions are he will take his time before stepping back into management but you do feel a big club like Wednesday could force him to reassess.
Barton would be a shock appointment and, given the other options available, the wrong one in my eyes.