Richie Barker (footballer born 1975)
|Full name||Richard Ian Barker|
|Date of birth||30 May 1975|
|Place of birth||Sheffield, England|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Current club||Portsmouth (manager)|
|1995||→ Doncaster Rovers (loan)||6||(0)|
|1996||→ Ards (loan)||7||(3)|
|1997||→ Brighton & Hove Albion (loan)||53||(11)|
|1998–1999||Brighton & Hove Albion||43||(10)|
|2008||→ Rotherham United (loan)||12||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Richard "Richie" Ian Barker (born 30 May 1975) is an English former football player and current football manager. He is the manager of League Two club Portsmouth having taken charge in December 2013.He has previously managed Bury and Crawley Town.
Born in Sheffield, Barker began his career at Sheffield Wednesday, but only played in the Intertoto Cup for the first team. He was sold by the Owls in 1997 to Northern Irish side Linfield after loan spells at Doncaster and Ards, before returning home to play for Brighton & Hove Albion. He played two seasons at Brighton, scoring 12 goals, before moving to Macclesfield on a free transfer in 1999.
At Macclesfield, Barker scored 23 goals in 58 league games. He was signed by Rotherham United in January 2001, and helped the Millers gain promotion to the Championship. He was mostly used as a substitute by Rotherham, and was allowed to move to Mansfield Town on a free transfer in November 2004.
Barker soon became a fan favourite at Field Mill, scoring 10 goals in his first season at the club. In the summer of 2005, he was named team captain, and he led by example with his professionalism and work-rate. Barker was the Stags' top scorer in 2005–06 with a career-best 23 goals, including two goals against his old club Rotherham in the FA Cup first round.
In the summer of 2006, Barker signed a contract extension with Mansfield which tied him with the club until the end of the 2008–09 season. However in January 2007 he was reluctantly forced to transfer to Hartlepool United during the January transfer window, much to the anger of the Stags fans.
He re-joined Rotherham United on 3 October 2008, on an emergency loan in January 2009. He scored on his second Millers debut in the 4–1 over Grimsby Town after coming off the bench. He his move permanent on 1 January 2009. Due to a knee injury in January 2009 he decided to hang up his boots on 29 May 2009.
After joining Sheffield United, being part of the Academy, Barker was named the manager of Bury's youth team from July 2010. Barker became caretaker manager of Bury in April 2011 after Alan Knill left for Scunthorpe United with eight games left in the season. Barker led Bury to six consecutive victories and promotion to League One. He was named Football League Two Manager of the Month for April 2011. This successful spell led to him being appointed as Bury's permanent manager on 1 June 2011.
On 27 November 2013, Crawley Town terminated Barker's contract with immediate effect. At the time of his dismissal Crawley had not won any of their last seven games, scoring just once in those games. On 9 December 2013, Portsmouth announced Barker as their new manager with Steve Coppell being appointed as director of football.
|Bury||31 March 2011||7 August 2012||58||22||13||23||37.93|
|Crawley Town||7 August 2012||27 November 2013||75||28||22||25||37.33|
|Portsmouth||9 December 2013||Present||16||4||7||5||25.00|
League Two: Promotion, 2006–07
League Two: Promotion, 2010–11
- The News
- Scunthorpe Telegraph
- The Guardian
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- PA Sport. "League Two – Barker rewarded for Bury run – Yahoo! Eurosport". Uk.eurosport.yahoo.com.
- "Barker promoted to Bury manager". BBC Sport (BBC). 1 June 2011.
- "Crawley Town appoint Bury's Richie Barker as new manager". BBC Sport (BBC). 7 August 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
- "Crawley Town dismiss manager Richie Barker after goal drought". BBC Sport (BBC). 27 November 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
- "Portsmouth: Richie Barker & Steve Coppell take charge". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
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