Fleetwood Town chairman Andy Pilley makes the following statement following news Joey Barton has left the club with immediate effect.
"I'd like to put on record my thanks to Joey Barton for job he's done during his time at Fleetwood Town," said Pilley.
"Joey has been a pleasure to have at the club and I'm sure he will go onto have a hugely successful career.
"Today's decision was a tough one for me to make, but I felt now was the right time for the club to go in a different direction.
"We will make a further announcement in the coming days of our plans in the short-term regarding the management of our first-team squad."