Bristol Rovers DELETE Joey Barton’s rant about the club’s previous managers from their website

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Bristol Rovers DELETE Joey Barton’s astonishing rant about the club’s previous managers who were ‘negligent’ from their website after being threatened with legal action by ex-boss Paul Tisdale

  • Bristol Rovers have had to remove Joey Barton’s rant from their website
  • Barton hit his predecessors in an astonishing rant earlier this year
  • Barton sparked controversy by accusing his previous coaches of ‘negligence’
  • Rovers quickly took action after being approached by ex-boss Paul Tisdale’s lawyers

Bristol Rovers have been forced to remove an article from their website featuring an astonishing rant by Joey Barton about their previous managers.

Sportsmail understands that Rovers took swift action after being contacted by lawyers on behalf of ex-boss Paul Tisdale.

Barton was appointed manager of Rovers in late February, replacing Tisdale who succeeded Ben Garner in November.

Bristol Rovers have removed Joey Barton's rant about the club's previous managers from their website

Bristol Rovers have removed Joey Barton’s rant about the club’s previous managers from their website

And Barton sparked controversy in March by accusing his predecessors of “negligence” in their dealings with the squad he inherited and calling their training sessions “a farce.”

In a statement released to Sportsmail, Tisdale said: ‘There was no basis for these allegations and I am pleased that the club has decided to remove Joey’s comments from its website. I wish Joey and the club all the best. ‘

Barton batted out as he fought to keep Rovers in League One, after taking the helm when they were two points above the relegation zone.

In the end he didn’t succeed, as they were relegated with two games to go and finished at the bottom.

Barton sparked controversy in March by accusing his predecessors of 'negligence'

Barton sparked controversy in March by accusing his predecessors of 'negligence'

Barton sparked controversy in March by accusing his predecessors of ‘negligence’

Sportsmail understands Rovers was quick to act after being contacted by lawyers on behalf of ex-boss Paul Tisdale (photo)

Sportsmail understands Rovers was quick to act after being contacted by lawyers on behalf of ex-boss Paul Tisdale (photo)

Sportsmail understands Rovers was quick to act after being contacted by lawyers on behalf of ex-boss Paul Tisdale (photo)

With years of experience and understanding of the things managers say that fit their own agendas, Tisdale – a Colchester United advisor for the last six weeks of the season – is believed to have no problem with Barton.

Instead, it was with his former employers because they left the potentially defamatory comments unchecked and also helped them in the public domain.

Rovers took down a story with the insulting remarks, although the case is believed to be ongoing.

Ahead of Bristol Rovers ‘defeat to Sunderland at the end of March, Barton said:’ They have prepared these guys for failure and we must try to reverse that trend.

‘Everything that has gone before me has been negligent. If they were doctors, they should definitely be dropped for what happened here before. I could show you the footage of the training sessions. They are a farce. It was not done correctly.

Barton (right) was appointed manager of Rovers at the end of February, replacing Tisdale at the helm

Barton (right) was appointed manager of Rovers at the end of February, replacing Tisdale at the helm

Barton (right) was appointed manager of Rovers at the end of February, replacing Tisdale at the helm

How do I know? Look at the rankings. Consider the fact that two managers have been removed from the job.

Two and a half hour sessions on Fridays – what chance do the boys have? It’s like having a 15-round spruce the night before you have a 12-round scrap.

“It’s because they don’t know what it’s like to enter the ring, the Colosseum. They’ve read it in a book and they’ve taken it on a course and they don’t know. It’s criminal. ‘

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