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Ian Holloway offers brutally honest verdict on Bristol Rovers speculation

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Ian Holloway has emphatically ruled himself out of the running to become the new Bristol Rovers manager.

Rovers are on the lookout for a new manager for the second time this season, after parting company with Paul Tisdale in midweek.

Tisdale spent only three months in charge of the Gas, winning only five out of 19 games in charge in all competitions.

The Gas will now be looking to make a swift managerial appointment, with Rovers sitting hovering just above the League One relegation zone in 20th.

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Ian Holloway has been mentioned as a potential contender to replace Tisdale, with the 57-year-old playing for the club as well as managing them between 1996 and 2001.

But speaking to Bristol Live, Holloway has emphatically ruled himself out of the running for the job, labelling the job as a “poisoned chalice”.

He said: “Before I go any further, I can tell the Rovers fans calling for me to return that there is no chance of that happening, not least because I know the people currently running the club would not want me.

“The job is starting to look like a poisoned chalice. How can you give a two-and-a-half year contract to a manager with vast experience of football in the lower divisions, plus a deserved reputation for developing young players, and then sack him after less than three months?”

Another former Rovers player, Keith Curle, is said to be keen on the role, after being sacked by Northampton Town last week.

The Verdict

This should be a bit of a breath of fresh air for Rovers fans to be honest.

Holloway is a fans’ favourite in those parts, but his last job at Grimsby Town went really bad and he left them in dire straits.

Having failed to cut it in League Two, what would make fans believe that he can do it in League One?

They need someone who can go in there and motivate a group of players, as at the moment, their confidence is shot.


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