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Bristol Rovers boss agrees new deal

John Ward has signed a new one-year rolling contract with Bristol Rovers. Photo: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

Bristol Rovers have announced that manager John Ward has agreed a new one-year rolling contract with the club.

Ward took over in December when Rovers found themselves bottom of League Two at Christmas, but a return of 41 points in 22 games means their Football League status is safe for another season.

They now sit in 13th place in the table, six points adrift of the play-off positions.

He has done a fantastic job over the last four months, completely changing our fortunes and helping to retain our league status.

We were in a terrible place when he took over before the turn of the year, and he has transformed the players and the spirit at the club.

John understands what Bristol Rovers Football Club is all about, and that is why I wanted him to be the man to take us forward.

– Nick Higgs, Chairman, Bristol Rovers FC

Ward previously managed Rovers between 1993 and 1996, leading the club to the Southern Final of the Auto Windscreen Shield and the Division Two play-off final, before having spells with arch-rivals Bristol City, Wolves, Cheltenham Town, Carlisle, and Colchester.

Ward was also manager of Rovers' arch-rivals Bristol City, where he achieved promotion to the First Division in 1998. Credit: Barry Coombs/EMPICS Sport

The 62-year-old returned to the Memorial Stadium, following the sacking of Mark McGhee, on December 17, last year.

John Ward's managerial career:

  • York City (1991-1993)
  • Bristol Rovers (1993-1996)
  • Bristol City (1997-1998)
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers - caretaker (2000-2001)
  • Cheltenham Town (2003-2007)
  • Carlisle United (2007-2008)
  • Colchester United (2010-2012)
  • Bristol Rovers (2012-present)