Bristol Rovers manager hunt: rumors of Cotterill and Holden surface

Following their decision to fire Joey Barton, Bristol Rovers have begun the process of looking for a new manager.

Posted on October 27, 2023, at 12:08 BST
Revised October 27, 2023, at 13:05 BST
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Steve Cotterill, the former manager of Bristol City, is reportedly eager to succeed Joey Barton at Bristol Rovers.

That’s according to Darren Witcoop of the Sunday Mirror, who also says Dean Holden, an additional former Robins manager who is presently unemployed, is being considered and well-liked at the Memorial Stadium

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Barton was fired by the Gas on Thursday, and they are currently looking for a replacement.

In interim manager Andy Mangan will get the 16th-place team ready for Saturday’s home match against Northampton.

Numerous names have previously been connected to the open position, including former Leeds assistant manager Cameron Toshack. Neil Harris, the former manager of Gillingham and Cardiff, is among the early favorites, according to the bookmakers.

Holden and Cotterill’s names are also prominently displayed on the betting odds. Whitcoop claims that there are valid explanations for this.promotipn

He says Cotterill is intrigued; last month, Cotterill declined an approach from Cheltenham. The 59-year-old left Shrewsbury at the end of the previous season, and he is currently unemployed.

With four promotions under his belt, including the League One championship with the Robins in the 2014–15 campaign, it is reasonable to presume that the former manager of Portsmouth, Nottingham Forest, and Burnley has a pedigree that the Rovers ownership may find appealing.

Holden’s name, however, does seem to be quite influential in the Memorial Stadium’s power structures.

Whitcoop claims that despite having only one promotion campaign in his career—with Chesterfield in his team’s 2010–11 League Two season—he still has supporters within the organization.

Holden, who has also managed Oldham, was recently fired from Charlton and is not working at the moment.

After five straight Championship losses, he was fired in February 2021, leaving him in control of Ashton Gate for less than a season.

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