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In focus: Richie Barker

20 May 2014

mkdons.com takes a look at the playing and coaching career of the Club’s new head of coaching Richie Barker.

Barker began his playing days with Sheffield Wednesday but, after just the one senior appearance and two loan spells away at Doncaster Rovers and Ards, he joined Northern Ireland outfit Linfield in 1997.

After a short stay with the Blues, the 38-year-old returned home to sign for Brighton & Hove Albion, where he would go on to score 23 goals in 103 appearances before joining Macclesfield Town on a free transfer in June 1999.

He tallied 26 goals in 68 games in two seasons at Moss Lane, form which earned him a £60,000 move to Division One side Rotherham United in 2001.
 
Featuring 155 times for the Millers and helping them win promotion to the Championship in his first season, he then joined Mansfield Town on a free transfer in 2004 after mainly being used as an impact substitute.

The prolific frontman scored 48 goals in 106 games with Mansfield and became a fans favourite with the Stags’ faithful before eventually joining Hartlepool United in January 2007 for a reported fee of £80,000.

He netted 27 times in 73 games for the Pools before re-joining Rotherham in 2008, where he would later retired due to a knee injury just a year later.

After joining Sheffield United as an Academy coach, Barker was named Bury’s youth-team manager in July 2010. He then stepped up to the role of caretaker manager of the Shakers after Alan Knill left for Scunthorpe United with just eight games remaining in the 2010/11 season.

Barker led Bury to six consecutive victories that season which saw them win promotion to League 1 and him appointed as permanent manager at Gigg Lane.

The following summer, he was named manager of Crawley Town and led the Red Devils to 10th place in his and their first season in Sky Bet League 1 before leaving in November 2013.

Just a month after his departure from Memorial Stadium, Barker was presented as Portsmouth manager with Steve Coppell being appointed as director of football.

in April.mkstadiumBarker left Fratton Park after 20 games in charge before taking up a role alongside Robinson at 

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