Joey Barton will now have more say on transfers at Bristol Rovers
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Bristol Rovers boss Joey Barton has been handed more say on transfers at the club.
Rovers have decided to ditch the director of football role, with Barton taking full responsibility for the playing side of the club.
Rovers were relegated from League One last season, although Barton only took over in February. Tommy Widdrington, who was the director of football, will remain a club director and will be in charge of loan deals at the Gas.
Club president Wael Al Qadi said: "As a result of our relegation and the position we currently find ourselves in, Joey and his team are now fully in charge of the recruitment process.
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"Tommy will remain on the club's board and will be in charge of creating a loan department, that will be tasked with establishing relationships with other clubs.
"Tommy will also be responsible for mirroring the first-team philosophy, that will be set by the first-team manager, across the academy structure."
The news comes in the week that Barton stood trial, charged with assaulting former Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel.
Proceedings at Sheffield Crown Court began on Monday but the trial was abandoned due to a host of technical and translation issues which arose as Mr Stendel gave evidence over a video link from his native Germany.
The case relates to an incident from a match more than two years ago, when Barton was in charge at Fleetwood Town, and now the trial has once again been rescheduled, for November this year.
Barton has previously been critical of Widdrington's squad building.
In April, he said "Someone in their infinite wisdom decided that this side was good enough of a squad to compete in this division and the league table suggests that it wasn’t."
The bookies have Rovers as second favourites, behind Salford City, to lift next year's League Two title.
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