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Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke gives damningly honest assessment of 5-1 defeat to Swansea

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke has given a damningly honest assessment of his side's 5-1 defeat to Swansea.

When asked if he expected to face anyone as strong as his Premier League opponents next season Clarke said: "Let's bloody hope not!"

He was speaking after Saturday's gruelling defeat at the Memorial Stadium - with goals from Andre Ayew, Leroy Fer, Kyle Naughton and Wayne Routledge.

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Rovers boss becomes highest paid manager in club's history

The future of Bristol Rovers boss Darrel Clarke is finally clear today as the club announce he has signed another three year deal.

Amid speculation he could leave the team, following an approach by Leeds United, the freshly-signed contract makes Clarke the highest paid manager in the club's history.

Darrell Clarke, Bristol Rovers Manager Credit: ITV West Country

The manager - who has been at the helm since March 2014 and guided Rovers back into the Football League in 2015, before the club were promoted once again, this season.

Darrell believes that the ambitions of Bristol Rovers match his own and is looking forward to the challenge of preparing the club for life back in Sky Bet League One for the 2016/17 campaign.

– Bristol Rovers

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Football: Loss for City but Rovers secure another win

In football, it was a night of mixed emotions for Bristol's two clubs.

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In the Championship, City suffered their second straight defeat after conceding a late goal at Wolves. But it's 3 wins in a row for the Rovers in League Two after beating Wimbledon 3-1.

Jermaine Easter, Ollie Clarke and Matty Taylor were on-target at the Memorial Stadium.

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