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Bristol Rovers parts with 'loyal' manager Darrell Clarke

Darell Clarke joined the club's First Team Manager in 2014. Photo: PA

League One football club Bristol Rovers have parted company with manager Darrell Clarke.

Clarke has been manager at the club for the last four years, overseeing their promotion from National League to League 1.

In a statement, the club said the decision for him to leave was mutual, saying it would create a "fresh way forward".

After much soul searching and lengthy deliberations it has been mutually agreed that it is probably in the best interests of the Club and of Darrell Clarke to seek a fresh way forward.

Darrell leaves the Club with immediate effect and on amicable terms.

The Board would like to place on record their sincere thanks to Darrell for the hard work and dedication he has shown to the Club and the positive effect he’s had on players, staff and supporters during his tenure.

Darrell will remain a friend of the Club and will no doubt achieve further success in his career after a deserved break.

– Bristol Rovers Statement