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McGhee sacked by Rovers

Mark McGhee. Photo: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

Bristol Rovers have sacked manager Mark McGhee after his side suffered a heavy 4-1 defeat at fellow strugglers York City.

The Pirates are second from bottom of the Football League. Today's game was their third straight defeat. They've only won once in eleven games - against Chesterfield on November 10th - and just four games all season.

Bristol Rovers are second from bottom of the Football League. Credit: ITV West

McGhee had been in the job less than a year. He replaced Paul Buckle, who was also dismissed after less than a season in the hot seat.

The 55-year-old Scot had previously managed Reading, Leicester City, Wolves, Millwall, Brighton, Motherwell and Aberdeen.

Rovers chairman Nick Higgs told the club's official website:

We had hoped that the appointment of Mark McGhee would give the club some stability and long term progress, but unfortunately that has not been the case.

We have decided that we can no longer continue with the current situation and had to make the difficult decision to part company with Mark.

We decided we had to act now before it was too late.

– Nick Higgs, Chairman, Bristol Rovers
Bristol Rovers chairman Nick Higgs welcomes Mark McGhee to the Memorial Stadium in January. Credit: ITV West

The club will not make any further comment until a press conference on Monday morning.