Bristol Rovers confirm manager Graham Coughlan is leaving club

Bristol Rovers have confirmed manager Graham Coughlan is leaving the club.

It comes after Coughlan was “reluctantly” given permission to speak to Mansfield Town.

Rovers Chief Executive Martyn Starnes said he expects Mansfield Town will announce Coughlan as their new boss later today.

Coughlan revealed that he was considering his position following Saturday's 2-1 win at Ipswich.

Rovers are currently fourth in League One and face Plymouth Argyle tomorrow night in an FA Cup Second Round replay.

Bristol Rovers issued the following statement on Monday:

The Club confirmed Joe Dunne had led training on Monday - to prepare for Tuesday's FA Cup replay.

It added that Dunne would continue to be assisted by Kevin Maher, Adrian Tucker and Lee Mansell in a caretaker-coaching team.

Goalkeeping coach Tucker said there had been "shock and disappointment" at the news:

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