Darrell departs – Who’s his successor and the five that could take over?

So Darrell Clarke has departed Rovers leaving the club after four-and-a-half years in charge and now the board looks for a new manager to steer the Pirates.

The vital thing I think the club need to look for is someone with a new approach, new ideas and different way of thinking as they bid to survive in England’s third tier.

This is an article on the five men who could replace Clarke.

  1. Steve Cotterill

He may have managed the Gas’s bitter rivals in Bristol City- and the led the red side of the city to great success in which he won two trophies in the same season which were the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and the League One title. The Cheltenham born manager has even had a stint at Birmingham City which didn’t go to plan.

His football is definitely one aspect that is positive and he got that City team playing arguably the best football that League One has seen for a very long time.

Some Rovers supporters may not warm to him straight way, but a few results and good performances could change that quickly.

2. Ian Holloway

Without doubt would some fans ideal choice and even some fans would snap their hand to get him in charge but would the board be tempted to go near him?

In the past, Holloway has made comments against the board and that could see him as a loose cannon according to the hierachy.

Holloway is Rovers through and through and he would love to manage the club once again one day. Whether it is now or later in the future remains to be seen.

3. Paul Hurst

Recently unemployed following an unsuccessful stint as Ipswich boss.

Hurst is definitely a name being touted in the bookmakers about being the next boss at the Memorial Stadium.

Rovers fans will notably remember him for his time as Grimsby and Shrewsbury Town boss.

His Shrewsbury side agonzingly missed out on promotion to the Championship, following a play-off defeat to Rotherham and they played some great football and with ex-players in Alex Rodman and Stefan Payne at Rovers now, they will know good a manager he is.

4. Michael Appleton

Not been the main man at a club since leaving Oxford in June 2017 to become Leicester City’s assistant.

Following his departure, Appleton has been linked with various jobs including Notts County and he may be a name the Rovers board look to.

Appleton has a good reputation of playing good football and got Oxford playing a good style of football during his three years there.

5. Darren Ferguson

Sometimes abrasive and very much a manager who says what he thinks without taking time to consider what it could lead to. Ferguson is no stranger to League One football.

He has managed Doncaster and Peterborough in this division and has even lead the Posh out of this division twice.

He bought through some great talent like George Boyd, Craig Mackail-Smith and Aaron McLean and his football won plaudits form fans and pundits alike during both stints at London Road.

Picture Credit: Bristol Rovers


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