Bristol Rovers has today announced Ben Garner as their new manager.
The ex-West Brom and Crystal Palace coach has signed a two-and-a-half year contract at the Memorial Stadium.
Despite this being his first managerial role, he has been highly praised by key figures across the game. Bristol Rovers CEO Martyn Starnes said:
"Ben was the outstanding candidate for the role and someone who really stood out to us during the interview process and we are delighted that he has agreed terms to become the first-team manager."
Speaking for the first time since the announcement this morning (Monday 23 December) Garner showed his outlook for the future of the club as he said: "I think we can build something special here."
39-year-old Garner succeeds Graham Coughlan who resigned last week to take over at League Two Mansfield Town.
Garner is due to join the club imminently with his first game being the Sky Bet League One home fixture on Boxing Day against AFC Wimbledon.
Bristol Rovers are currently fourth in League One and still in both the FA Cup and EFL Trophy.
Garner comes from being an assistant at West Bromwich Albion and first-team coach at Crystal Palace. He turned to coaching at a young age after an injury which ended his career.
Kevin Maher (First Team Coach), Adrian Tucker (Goalkeeper Coach) and Lee Mansell (Development Squad Manager) will remain at the club as part of Garner's coaching staff.
I’m delighted to welcome Ben to the club and wish him every success in the role. I’m sure that the fans will get behind Ben and the team as they look to resume the fine form achieved over recent weeks.
It was a meticulous process undertaken in order to appoint a replacement for Graham Coughlan and we are confident that we have found the right manager to progress the club moving forward.