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Bristol Rovers sacks John Ward

John Ward was sacked after the club were relegated Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Bristol Rovers have sacked director of football John Ward.

It follows the club's relegation from the Football League.

Ward was appointed manager in December 2012 when Rovers were languishing at the bottom of League Two, and helped them to a mid-table finish.

It was his second spell as manager of Bristol Rovers. He was previously in charge between 1993 and 1996.

But with the team struggling at the bottom of League Two this season, Ward was moved to director of football in March, with his assistant Darrell Clarke taking over as manager.

But Clarke was unable to stop Rovers dropping to non-league.

Their fate was confirmed last Saturday, on the final day of the season, following their 1-0 defeat by Mansfield.