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Bristol Rovers confirm manager Graham Coughlan is leaving club

Rovers are currently fourth in League One. Credit: PA

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.

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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 can confirm that it has reluctantly given permission for Manager Graham Coughlan to speak to Mansfield Town about the vacant position at the One Call Stadium.

Two approaches were made last week by the Sky Bet League Two side requesting permission to speak with Graham Coughlan about the manager's position, both were rejected by the club.

However, it became apparent that the interest from Mansfield was significant and due to the fact that Graham had been working away from his family home in Sheffield for the last decade, it was evident that he would welcome the opportunity to work closer to his family and we therefore reluctantly granted permission to Mansfield to discuss terms.

– Bristol Rovers statement

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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