Bristol City's new manager Sean O'Driscoll was sacked by Nottingham Forest last month after just five months in charge at the City Ground.
However he previously had long spells in charge at Bournemouth (six years) and Doncaster (five years), winning promotion with both clubs. Now 55, O'Driscoll had a 16-year professional playing career as a midfielder with Fulham and Bournemouth before retiring in 1995.
After a spell coaching at Bournemouth, he was appointed the Cherries manager in 2000 and immediately gained a reputation as a bright young manager, with his team playing attractive football.
In 2003, he led Bournemouth to promotion to League One, with the Dorset club beating Lincoln City in the play-off final at the Millennium Stadium. His record at Dean Court saw Doncaster come calling for his services in 2006, and he enjoyed immediate success in Yorkshire, with Doncaster beating Bristol Rovers to lift the Football League Trophy.
Promotion to the Championship followed in 2008, again via the play-offs, and despite a modest budget, O'Driscoll established Doncaster in English football's second tier. He left the Keepmoat Stadium in September 2011 after a poor start to the season that ultimately saw Doncaster relegated.
But O'Driscoll's stock within football remained high and he joined the Nottingham Forest coaching staff to help their successful battle against relegation last season. After a brief spell with Crawley last summer, O'Driscoll was named the Forest manager and had taken the City Ground side to the verge of the play-offs by Christmas last year.
But just hours after an impressive 4-2 win over Leeds on Boxing Day, O'Driscoll was surprisingly sacked. Now, having been on the shortlist when McInnes was appointed 15 months ago, O'Driscoll finally gets his chance to manage at Ashton Gate.