John Ward The Favourite For Bristol Rovers After McGhee Sackingby Sean Raymond / 17 December 2012, 11:30Tweet
It has been a difficult weekend at Bristol Rovers following the sacking of Mark McGhee but attention is already turning to who will take over at the Memorial Ground. The sacking of McGhee came after Rovers lost 4-1 to York City which saw them slip into the relegation zone in League Two and the board have decided to act.
Rovers have been woefully out of form in recent weeks picking up just one point from the last 18 and McGhee has paid the price for that poor level of performance. Assistant Manager Shaun North and development Coach Marcus Stewart will take the reigns on a temporary basis over the coming days before a more permanent appointment is made over the coming days.
The Next Bristol Rovers Manager market has immediately sprung into life and all the signs at the moment point to John Ward being appointed at the Memorial Stadium. Ward left Colchester in September after a tough start to the season but he remains an experienced man at this level and could be seen as the gaffer to calm the ship at Rovers. He of course managed Rovers in the early 90's before having a spell at fierce rivals Britsol City and he would certainly bring with him knowledge of the area and the club.
Other potential contenders in the current betting market include Lawrie Sanchez and Steve Coterill who both have decent Cv's at this level but the money has been pouring in for John Ward over the past 24 hours. Whoever takes over the role will need to hit the ground running with Rovers currently in the drop zone and they will be eager to pick up some points as soon as possible to avoid being cut adrift towards the bottom.