GRAHAM COUGHLAN has been appointed Bristol Rovers’ new manager on a two-and-a-year contract.

Coughlan has impressed during his interim spell as caretaker boss following the departure of Darrell Clarke in December.

The former Plymouth Argyle captain has helped move the club out of the relegation zone and into 19th position, collecting 10 points out of possible 15, with the side unbeaten in their last four games.

Rovers’ CEO Martyn Starnes said: “We are very pleased to reach an agreement with Graham to take up the full-time role as first-team manager.

“This morning I have met with Graham, Chris Hargreaves and Tommy Widdrington to discuss further our plans in the current transfer window; we all share the same vision and are all entirely committed to doing what is required for the club to continue to improve.”

Coughlan said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the club since arriving in the summer and have felt honoured to be in interim charge of such a big football club for the past five games.

“I have made it no secret of my desire to take over on a permanent basis and I am thrilled to be the man the club have trusted to take us forward.

“In the five matches I have overseen the team, along with my experience and love of the game, I believe that I have shown I am capable of building on the great work that Darrell Clarke has done in recent years.”


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