Most Read Football

Get all the latest football gossip from the day's back pages
1

Paper Talk: Blues target Coutinho

Gonzalo Higuain will command a mega-salary while on loan at Chelsea, who are also looking to pull Philippe Coutinho away from Barcelona.

Sporting Life's Premier League preview package for Fulham v Tottenham
2

No Kane no problem for Spurs

Life without Harry Kane starts for Tottenham on Sunday at Fulham, and the generous nature of the opposition means they can get away without their star man.

Sporting Life's Premier League preview package for Huddersfield v Man City
3

No stopping City on Sunday

Huddersfield Town's troubles look set to get worse on Sunday as the managerless bottom side face a goal-crazy Manchester City.

Celebrations for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Manchester United's win over Brighton4

Giggs - Top four is on for United

Manchester United are well and truly in the top four race, according to club legend Ryan Giggs.

Maurizio Sarri: Unhappy with his Chelsea players after defeat at Arsenal5

Sarri launches Chelsea attack

A seething Maurizio Sarri launched an extraordinary attack on his Chelsea players after Saturday's limp 2-0 Premier League loss at Arsenal.

Bristol Rovers sack Darrell Clarke: Steve Cotterill backed to take over

Steve Cotterill during his time at Birmingham
Steve Cotterill during his time at Birmingham

Steve Cotterill has been backed into the 6/4 favourite with Sky Bet to take over as the next manager of Bristol Rovers.

The former Nottingham Forest and Portsmouth manager has been out of work since leaving Birmingham in March.

Rovers parted company with Darrell Clarke on Thursday after four years in the role. He guided the club to successive promotions from the Conference and Sky Bet League Two.

But, with Rovers currently in the relegation zone, Clarke has left the club after six years at the Memorial Stadium.

A statement on the club's website read: "Darrell Clarke has been a loyal servant of Bristol Rovers Football Club for nearly six years, initially as John Ward's assistant, then progressing to first team manager.

"A role in which he has enjoyed considerable success with promotions from the Conference and from League 2 before consolidating the club's position in League 1 over the last two years.

"This season commenced with optimism and high expectations of a challenge for the play-off places but results and performances have been disappointing.

"After much soul searching and lengthy deliberations it has been mutually agreed that it is probably in the best interests of the club and of Darrell Clarke to seek a fresh way forward. Darrell leaves the club with immediate effect and on amicable terms.

"The board would like to place on record their sincere thanks to Darrell for the hard work and dedication he has shown to the club and the positive effect he's had on players, staff and supporters during his tenure.

"Darrell will remain a friend of the club and will no doubt achieve further success in his career after a deserved break. Everyone at Bristol Rovers wishes him well for the future."

A controversial appointment?

Steve Cotterill had a very successful season with Bristol City in 2015
Steve Cotterill had a very successful season with Bristol City in 2015

Cotterill wouldn't perhaps be the most popular appointment with supporters given his history with fierce local rivals Bristol City.

City became Sky Bet League One champions in 2014/15, winning the EFL Trophy in the same season, under Cotterill's guidance. He would also pick up League One Manager of the Year in the same season.

However, despite the previous success, the link to City may make it a difficult situation.

We've seen Ipswich appoint Paul Lambert in recent weeks, who in similar fashion to Cotterill, had history with their local rivals.

Lambert led Norwich to promotions from League One and then to the Premier League the following season, although Ipswich remain bottom of the Championship standings despite the switch in late October.

Rovers' short term ambitions will be staying in the division, and they may need to look past previous clubs in order to find the right man to do just that.

Next Bristol Rovers manager (odds via Sky Bet)

  • Steve Cotterill - 6/4
  • Paul Hurst - 11/1
  • Ian Holloway - 12/1
  • Marcus Stewart - 12/1
  • Michael Flynn - 12/1
  • Darren Ferguson - 14/1
  • Graham Westley - 14/1

Head here for the full list with odds


Odds correct as of 1155 GMT on 13/12/18

Follow Sporting Life on social media - find us on Facebook here or tweet @SportingLifeFC

Related football links

Like what you've read?
Help your friends Know It All by sharing this article to your social media.

Most Read Football

Get all the latest football gossip from the day's back pages
1

Paper Talk: Blues target Coutinho

Gonzalo Higuain will command a mega-salary while on loan at Chelsea, who are also looking to pull Philippe Coutinho away from Barcelona.

Sporting Life's Premier League preview package for Fulham v Tottenham
2

No Kane no problem for Spurs

Life without Harry Kane starts for Tottenham on Sunday at Fulham, and the generous nature of the opposition means they can get away without their star man.

Sporting Life's Premier League preview package for Huddersfield v Man City
3

No stopping City on Sunday

Huddersfield Town's troubles look set to get worse on Sunday as the managerless bottom side face a goal-crazy Manchester City.

Celebrations for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Manchester United's win over Brighton4

Giggs - Top four is on for United

Manchester United are well and truly in the top four race, according to club legend Ryan Giggs.

Maurizio Sarri: Unhappy with his Chelsea players after defeat at Arsenal5

Sarri launches Chelsea attack

A seething Maurizio Sarri launched an extraordinary attack on his Chelsea players after Saturday's limp 2-0 Premier League loss at Arsenal.

Football Tips

Sporting Life's Premier League preview package for Huddersfield v Man City

No stopping City on Sunday

Huddersfield Town's troubles look set to get worse on Sunday as the managerless bottom side face a goal-crazy Manchester City.

Sporting Life's Premier League preview package for Fulham v Tottenham

No Kane no problem for Spurs

Life without Harry Kane starts for Tottenham on Sunday at Fulham, and the generous nature of the opposition means they can get away without their star man.

Sporting Life Price Boost for January 20, 2019

Sporting Life Price Boost

Sky Bet have enhanced the odds of a treble on Sunday's football, exclusively for Sporting Life readers.