Sean O'Driscoll Early Favourite For Bristol Rovers Jobby Steve Claridge / 05 January 2012, 09:54Tweet
Sean O'Driscoll has emerged as the early frontrunner in the Next Bristol Rovers Manager Betting following the sacking of Paul Buckle on Tuesday. Buckle was relieved of his duties after a miserable run of results, which has left the club struggling near the bottom of League Two. Rovers will now eye up a number of potential candidates before deciding who will become their fourth permanent manager in just over a year. Assistant boss Shaun North has been put in caretaker charge of The Pirates for their upcoming FA Cup third round tie against Premier League side Aston Villa on Saturday.
The writing had been on the wall for Buckle after the club had claimed just five points from a possible 33. Rovers suffered damaging defeats to relegation rivals Plymouth and Barnet over the festive period and they were also thrashed 5-2 by Crewe. Buckle won just six of his 24 league games in charge and leaves the club 19th in League Two, just five points above the drop zone.
Rovers' financial director, Toni Watola, has revealed that the club have received interest from a number of managers and that ideally they want to make an appointment in the next seven to 10 days. The club are looking for a man that can not only get them out of their recent rocky patch but someone who can get the fans excited through installing an attractive style of football. Former Doncaster and Bournemouth boss Sean O'Driscoll is the current favourite for the job. The 54-year-old has been linked with a number of club's since he was sacked by Doncaster last September but as of yet has remained out of the loop. Former Bristol City manager Gary Johnson has declared his interest in the vacancy, with the 56-year-old currently out of work having left Northampton Town in November. Mark Robins, Jim Magilton and Iain Dowie are also in the running for the job.