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JET leaving City and skipper Elliott offered coach job

JET, Steve Cotterill and the City team celebrate their Johnstone's Paint Trophy victory. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Hot on the heels of their double league and cup success, Bristol City are making some big changes.

Star striker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas will leave Ashton Gate this summer after his contract expires. Though considered by many to be the most talented member of the squad, in recent months he has struggled to cement his place in the first team.

Captain Wade Elliott is not having his contract renewed either, but has been offered the job coaching the under-21s.

Jay has never been a minute’s bother for me from the moment I walked in through the door. I love him to bits; he’s a fantastic lad.

“The one thing he needs is regular football. I’ve not been able to offer him that this year and if I couldn’t do that this year then there are no guarantees for next year either ... He’ll get sorted out with a new club for sure and if he gets a deal with one of the clubs I’ve been speaking to then I’d be delighted for him."

"I’ve offered Wadey a coaching job. I’d be delighted if he accepted our offer, to be in charge of the Under-21s. He has to think about that, so that’s a big decision for him ... He would be an excellent addition to my staff, as someone who knows me. He’s got all the credentials to be a good, young coach ... There is no time frame. He will have other offers to carry on playing. I don’t want to finish his career prematurely if he still wants to play."

– Steve Cotterill, Bristol City manager

Also not having his contract renewed is understudy goalkeeper David Richards.

Fans line streets for City's open top tour

Thousands of fans have turned out to join the celebrations

Thousands of Bristol City fans have been lining the streets today as the team hold an open top bus tour to celebrate their league and cup 'double'. Steve Cotterill's men won the League One title and the Johnstone's Paint Trophy this season.

It's the first victory parade since 2007 - the last time they won promotion to the Championship. And you'll be able to see more on the bus tour on our program tonight.

Two buses are driving through the city Credit: ITV News West Country

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Bristol City FC open top bus tour confirmed

Open top bus tour will take place on Bank Holiday Monday Credit: Bristol City FC

Bristol City FC are holding an open top bus tour on Bank Holiday Monday to celebrate this seasons success.

The team are the Sky Bet League One champions and have secured promotion to the Championship after beating Bradford City earlier this month.

Two buses will carry players and staff from Ashton Gate at 12.30pm and head through North Street and Bedminster towards the centre.

After passing through Redcliffe, the bus will park at the Lloyds Amphitheater at around 2pm for a short presentation.

For a full route map click here.

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Bristol City fans celebrate winning the League One title

Bristol City have secured the League One title.

The Ashton Gate club only needed a point after nearest rivals Preston could only draw at Port Vale last night.

And City's 0-0 stalemate with Coventry this afternoon was enough to secure their first league title in 60 years.

Our Sports Correspondent, Matthias Kurth, reports from Ashton Gate:

Bristol City clinch League One title

League One champions Bristol City celebrate on the Ashton Gate pitch. Credit: PA Wire

Bristol City are champions of League One.

The Ashton Gate club only needed a point after nearest rivals Preston could only draw at Port Vale last night.

And City's 0-0 stalemate with Coventry this afternoon was enough to secure their first league title in 60 years.

Korey Smith and Aden Flint celebrate after clinching the League One title. Credit: PA Wire

Swindon's automatic promotion hopes have been dented after losing 1-0 to West Country rivals Yeovil at the County Ground. James Berrett scored the only goal in the 58th minute, to maintain Paul Sturrock's unbeaten start as Glovers manager.

Cheltenham's hopes of avoiding relegation to the Conference have suffered a set-back after losing 2-0 at Northampton. But rivals Tranmere and Hartlepool also lost, so Gary Johnson's side remain second-from-bottom and one point from safety with two games left.

The two-horse race for the Conference title will go to the final game of the season. Both Bristol Rovers and Barnet drew today, so the Pirates are still a point behind their rivals. Ellis Harrison scored Rovers' goal at Dover. The hosts rescued a point two minutes from time.

And Forest Green Rovers came from behind to win 4-2 at Gateshead, thanks to a Jon Parkin double, Kurtis Guthrie and Rob Sinclair.

Today's West Country football results.
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