Bristol Rovers appoint Ward

Bristol Rovers have appointed John Ward as their new manager following the sacking of Mark McGhee.

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John Ward: Appointed as new Bristol Rove

John Ward: Appointed as new Bristol Rove

Bristol Rovers have appointed John Ward as their new manager.

Ward will replace Mark McGhee, who was sacked after Saturday's 4-1 loss at York, and will return to the club initially until the end of the season.

Chairman Nick Higgs told the club's official website: "Initially, John's contract will be until the end of the current campaign, but it is the intention to extend his contract, with the agreement of both parties at the end of the season.

"It is vitally important that we bring somebody to manage the club that has Rovers connections and understands the Bristol Rovers values and John is the perfect candidate for this role.

"Hopefully, under John Ward's guidance, we will return the pride to our club which has clearly been lacking on the pitch for the past few years, and to this end, I ask the players, staff and fans to get behind John and help him take us forward."

McGhee was relieved of his duties on Saturday afternoon following a string of disappointing results.

Higgs added: "Following the 4-1 defeat at York on Saturday I made the difficult decision to relieve Mark McGhee from his duties at the club.

"This was the decision we finally arrived at after consideration of the recent poor performances and our current position in League Two.

"I would like to place on record my thanks to Mark for his efforts; however the club must now move on."

Ward will return to Rovers having previously managed the side between 1993 and 1996, and throughout his three-year spell in charge he won 64 out of 149 league matches.

Ward, who began his managerial career at York City in 1991 after a playing career that saw him turn out for Lincoln, Watford and Grimsby, will become Rovers' fourth permanent manager in just two years.


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