Thursday 17 January 2019

Dubliner Graham Coughlan appointed as Bristol Rovers manager

Graham Coughlan during his time as Southend assistant manager. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)
Graham Coughlan during his time as Southend assistant manager. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Graham Coughlan has been announced as manager of League One side Bristol Rovers today.

The Dubliner, whose senior career started as a centre-back with Bray Wanderers in 1994, was signed as a defensive coach by the Bristol club last summer, and was appointed caretaker manager last month when Darrell Clarke stepped down.

In the five games since he took the reins, Coughlan has helped Bristol move out of the relegation places, with three wins and a draw, their sole loss being a narrow defeat away to Sunderland.

Coughlan is the first Irishman to manage the Bristol club, and is currently the only manager from the Republic with a British club. His first game after his appointment is on Tuesday when Bristol travel Northampton for an EFL Cup tie.

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