Joey Barton has appeared in court today.
The former Newcastle United midfielder was at Barnsley Magistrates Court, in relation to an incident that happened in April.
The Fleetwood Town boss alleged to have pushed the then Barnsley manager, Daniel Stendel, after the game, causing damage to a tooth.
Joey Barton entered a not guilty plea to assault.
However, Barton was informed that the allegations were too serious for a magistrates court and instead the case is being sent to crown court.
The Fleetwood manager given unconditional bail and he has been told to appear at Sheffield Crown Court on November 6 for a hearing.
As an interesting aside, Daniel Stendel was sacked by Barnsley on Tuesday and is already attracting interest.
Amongst those keen on Stendel are Sunderland, with owner Stewart Donald admitting his interest in the now out of work German manager, with Donald having sacked Jack Ross yesterday.
Whilst off the pitch he has these issues to deal with, Joey Barton is doing a remarkably good job on the pitch.
Minnows Fleetwood finished 11th last season in Barton’s first year in charge and at the moment are currently third, three places ahead of Sunderland.
Fleetwood are set to host Sunderland on new year’s day and interesting to see what happens in the meantime regarding the position of manager at both clubs.