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Former footballer Barnes bankrupt

John Barnes
John Barnes was sacked as Tranmere manager after four months

Former England and Liverpool footballer John Barnes has been declared bankrupt over unpaid taxes.

The HM Revenue and Customs petitioned for bankruptcy against him and it was granted by a Liverpool court last week.

Mr Barnes' assets are now being examined by the official receiver, said a spokesman for the Insolvency Service.

Mr Barnes, 45, who was sacked by Tranmere Rovers earlier this month, said: "The bankruptcy issue is a tax oversight which is being dealt with."

It is understood that Mrs Barnes has been in touch with the Inland Revenue since the hearing to try to come to an agreement over unpaid taxes.

Celtic spell

The Insolvency Service spokesman said the bankruptcy should be discharged on 14 October 2010.

An HMRC spokesman said the department did not comment on individual cases.

The former England midfielder won 79 caps for his country.

He had an unsuccessful seven-month spell as manager of Celtic, which ended in February 2000.

Mr Barnes left his post as Jamaica boss in July to take up the manager's role at Prenton Park in June with ex-Liverpool team-mate Jason McAteer joining as his assistant.

Both were sacked two weeks ago.

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