Next Bristol Rovers Manager: The early contenders to replace Paul Tisdale after three month spell

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 10 February 2021, 17:36

Bristol Rovers are looking for their third manager of the season after parting ways with Paul Tisdale, who only replaced Ben Garner in mid-November.

Less than three months and 19 games later, which included just five wins, and the relegation-threatened League One side have taken action once again in a bid to avoid the drop down to the fourth-tier.

A rotten run of two points from what proved to be Tisdale’s final eight league games means he leaves the club struggling for form, points and goals down in 20th place - with only goal difference preventing the club from being in the drop zone. 

If cup games are included then Rovers’ dismal winless streak extends to 10 matches dating back to the start of 2021.

In a statement, Rovers said:

Bristol Rovers can today confirm that it has parted company with Manager Paul Tisdale.

Tommy Widdrington will be taking charge of the first-team on a temporary basis, while the Club undertakes the process of appointing a new Manager. Tommy will be assisted by Jack Mesure and Kevin Maher.

Mel Gwinnett has also left his role as Football Operations.

The Club would like to thank both Paul and Mel for their efforts and wish them both the best of luck for the future.

The Club will be making no further comment at this time.

The club’s head of recruitment Tommy Widdrington, assisted by Jack Mesure and Kevin Maher, has been placed in temporary charge while the club conduct the search for a fourth permanent manager in just over two years.

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Who will replace Paul Tisdale at Bristol Rovers?

Widdrington has once again emerged as one of the early candidates for the permanent post, having previously been in contention when Garner was axed earlier in the season.

Another inevitable name in the frame is Rovers legend Ian Holloway, who last season spoke to us in detail about his time at the club, as both a player and a manager - you can watch the full video below.

Holloway has since managed Grimsby, but is currently available for hire having resigned from his post just before Christmas. 

As has been the case since the start of the season, both Danny Cowey and Paul Cook feature in yet another betting market, but before fans get excited it’s worth noting that history suggests that both bosses are keen on a Championship return. So, you can pretty much rule them out already.

Triple League One promotion winner Nigel Adkins remains out-of-work since leaving Hull 18 months ago, while former Rovers boss Graham Coughlan is in the mix - in the betting at least - for a surprise return.

Coughlan led The Gas to 4th in League One at the mid-way point of last season, before dropping down a division to Mansfield in order to be closer to his family. The move didn’t go to plan with Coughlan sacked in October, while he’s since been linked with the vacancy at Port Vale.

Like Tisdale, Keith Curle now finds himself back in the Job Centre following his exit from Northampton, which was revealed minutes after Tisdale’s own departure. 

An instant return to management with a team in an identical situation to the Cobblers seems unlikely, although Bristol-born Curle did start his playing days at The Gas...

Elsewhere you can find the likes of Sol Campbell, Tony Pulis and Joey Barton.

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