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Sean O'Driscoll sacked by Bristol City

Sean O'Driscoll has been sacked by Bristol City. Credit: PA

Bristol City Football Club has parted company with Head Coach Sean O'Driscoll.

The news was broken to supporters in an email from vice chairman Jon Lansdown:

“We have given the situation as much time as we could to improve but have become increasingly concerned about the club's league position and have decided that a change of head coach will give the club the best possible chance of improving this.

“The league table does not lie. We are currently in the relegation zone and have been there for most of the season.

"This is not acceptable and the board feels that it needs to take action to try and rectify this; we need to move to ensure that results on the pitch keep up with progress off the pitch.

“It is vital that we now look to appoint a head coach who buys into our strategy and can help us to continue to grow and develop it successfully. This, of course, includes results on the pitch.”

Bristol City are currently in the League One relegation zone after just two wins in 18 matches.

First team coach John Pemberton will take charge of the team for this weekend’s trip to Preston North End.

Council planners recommend Ashton Gate development

Ashton Gate Stadium. Credit: PA

Planners at Bristol City Council have recommended that plans to re-develop Bristol City's Ashton Gate stadium be approved. The final decision will be made by the council's planning committee next Wednesday (27 November).

If Bristol City get the go-ahead to re-build Ashton Gate then they are likely to abandon plans to construct a new stadium nearby at Ashton Vale. The Ashton Vale development has been hit by delays and the club are currently awaiting the outcome of a town and village green application for the site.

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Watch live FA Cup second round on ITV: Tamworth v Bristol City

Bristol City's Jay Emmanuel-Thomas Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Tamworth's reward for beating Cheltenham in the first round of the FA Cup is a live game with Bristol City on ITV.

A Nick Chadwick goal was enough to see The Lambs progress, lining up a clash with Sean O'Driscoll's men of League One.

The Robins have struggled following relegation from the Championship at the end of last season, sitting just above the drop zone.

They saw off Dagenham & Redbridge in the first round, with Jay Emmanuel-Thomas bagging a hat-trick.

Watch Tamworth v Bristol City live on ITV on Sunday 8th December from 1,30pm on ITV,ITV.com and ITV Player.

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O'Driscoll not downhearted after latest setback

Bristol City's Head Coach Sean O'Driscoll says he thought his team's performance at Port Vale on Saturday was excellent despite conceding a last minute equaliser.

That left his team as the only one in League One without a victory this season.

Tomorrow night, City are away to Wycombe Wanderers in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and O'Driscoll says his team will be taking the tie just as seriously as a league game.

O'Driscoll hoping for a cup shock tonight

Sean O'Driscoll is remaining positive for tonight's cup tie at Southamton Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Bristol City manager Sean O'Driscoll is hoping tonight's Capital One Cup tie at Premier League Southampton will provide a welcome distraction from his team's league form.

"They will be fluid because that is what the Premier League is all about," he told the club's website. "They went to Anfield and restricted a free flowing Liverpool side from getting into their rhythm

"I watched their game against West Ham, we've watched a video of them against Barnsley and had someone watching them at Anfield, so I don't think there is any more we could do in terms of preparation."

In the last round City beat another Premier League team with a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace.

Read the full interview here

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