Barton to bring in ex-team-mate Hill as Fleetwood assistant

Joey Barton of QPR (L) celebrates scoring their fourth goal with Clint Hill of QPR during the Barclays Premier league match West Bromwich Albion and Queens Park Rangers at The Hawthorns on...

HITC Sport understands Joey Barton is set to name former Rangers team-mate as his assistant at Fleetwood.

Joey Barton, Robert Green and Clint Hill of Queens Park Rangers look on during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Queens Park Rangers at Anfield on May 2, 2015 in...

Incoming Fleetwood manager Joey Barton is set to bring in former Queens Park Rangers and Rangers team-mate Clint Hill as his assistant manager at the League One club.

Fleetwood revealed last week that Barton was set to become the club's new manager next season in what will be his first managerial role.

Barton has now been trying to assemble his backroom team and he has asked close friend and former team-mate Hill to work alongside him at Highbury.

Hill is currently playing at League Two Carlisle, but he has getting his coaching badges while continuing his playing career.

The 39-year-old has been combining playing and coaching Carlisle's reserves as he looks to gain more experience before moving into a full-time coaching role.

Joey Barton of QPR (L) celebrates scoring their fourth goal with Clint Hill of QPR during the Barclays Premier league match West Bromwich Albion and Queens Park Rangers at The Hawthorns on...

Hill is expected to hang up his boots at the end of the season to take up the role at Fleetwood.

Barton and Hill are long-term friends and have played alongside each other at Queens Park Rangers and Scottish giants Rangers during their playing careers.

Barton feels Hill's experience and leadership qualities will prove invaluable to him next season as he prepares to take his first steps into management.

Hill has played over 650 games in a career spanning over the last 20 years, having played at all levels of English football.

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