“Why a two year deal, end of season then look at how things are going”, Bristol Rovers fans react to the appointment of Graham Coughlan

Bristol Rovers have officially announced the appointment of Graham Coughlan has the clubs permanent first-team manager.

The Irishman had been in caretaker charge since the departure of Darrell Clarke in December. His five games at the temporary helm saw the Gas win three and draw one and move out of the League One relegation zone, form which was impressive enough to convince the board to offer him a two and a half year contract.

Club president, Wael Al-Qadi said “From early on in his interim role, we saw something in Graham that suggested he was the right man to take this football club forward. We are really happy that Graham has committed his future to the club and we wish him every success here.”

Coughlan was delighted to get the job, “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.”

Coughlan’s first game in permanent charge will be Rovers Checkatrade Trophy Third Round clash at Northampton Town on Tuesday evening.

Fan reaction was generally positive on the appointment; the only concerns raised were over the length of the contract given to someone in their first full-time job as a manager. Many felt that it would have been more prudent to give the former Plymouth Argyle defender the job until the end of the season to see how he fared before offering a longer deal.

Here is a selection of responses on Twitter.

 

 

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