Bristol Rovers club legend Ian Holloway has given his thoughts on the vacant manager’s position at Bristol Rovers, reporting that he has received no approach from the club as of yet, reports BristolLive.
Coughlan’s assistant Joe Dunne took caretaker charge of the 1-0 win over Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup second round replay, before it was announced on Thursday that Rovers had allowed Dunne to hold talks with Mansfield himself.
First-team coach Kevin Maher is now the man who will step up to take charge of Rovers when Peterborough United visit The Memorial Stadium on Saturday, as the search for a new manager is ongoing.
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Writing in his BristolLive column, Holloway said: “It didn’t take long for my phone to start ringing and I want to thank all the supporters who have been in touch urging me to return to the club I love.
“I am sorry to disappoint them, but who succeeds Graham is not up to them or me. At the time of writing, I have received no approach from Rovers and I believe it would have happened by now if they really wanted me.
“In any event, I have been in talks with another League club about becoming their manager this week and those discussions are ongoing.”
Holloway has had three spells as a player with Bristol Rovers, making over 300 appearances for them.
The 56-year-old went on to begin his managerial career at the club in 1996, lasting five years before departing in 2001 as he continued to write his name into Bristol Rovers history.
While Holloway would have been a good choice to take Rovers forward, despite being an outspoken figure within the media towards the Rovers board, it appears that the club have turned their attentions to elsewhere.
The former Blackpool and QPR manager may feel as if he has been overlooked for the role, however there is still an outside chance that the Rovers board could give him a ring if they feel their current candidates aren’t the right ones to manage the club.