PENNEY APPOINTED BRISTOL ROVERS MANAGER
Dave Penney, who John Radford explained was the frontrunner for the Stags managerial position, before changing his mind and appointing Duncan Russell, has been appointed manager of Bristol Rovers.
DAVE PENNEY IS NEW ROVERS MANAGER
bristolrovers.co.uk, Mon 10 Jan 2011
Bristol Rovers have today appointed Dave Penney as their new manager.
The former Doncaster, Darlington and Oldham manager has joined the Pirates as a long term appointment.
Dave started his managerial career at Doncaster in 2002 and went on to achieve successive promotions winning the Conference play off final and then taking the League Two title the following season.
The Yorkshire man has plenty of experience in lower divisions, and has managed more than 400 games.
Dave said: "It is nice to get back in and get straight down to it, which is what's needed.
"I made a conscious effort that when I came out of Oldham I was going to try and choose the right football club, and I have been in the fortunate position that I could wait a bit. This felt right when I had the interview.
"The club has great tradition and I don't think it should be in the position it is in. I came and watched against Plymouth and the first half was very encouraging and there looks like there is something to build on.
"It is an exciting time for myself and something for me to get my teeth into. When you can get this club going in the right direction the fans get right behind the team.
"There is half the season left and plenty of time to turn the season round. Get the players back at it and add a couple of additions in the next month to make us stronger.
"Every game is winnable if you go in with the right attitude. We have got to go into games with that frame of mind.
"First and foremost we need to make sure we are in this division next season. Long term the aim is to build on what has been started. "
Rovers conducted an in-depth interview process to select the right man for the job.
Chairman Nick Higgs said: "We are delighted to welcome Dave to the club. We had an amazing response when we announced that we were looking for a new manager, and Dave quickly emerged as the top candidate.
"There were over 60 applicants for the job, which was quickly reduced to 30 and we then conducted interviews with the final 10.
"The interview process took slightly longer than we anticipated as a number of the candidates were in employment and we had to get permission from their clubs to talk to them.
"During his interview Dave showed understanding of what we need to do as a club to move forward, and an extensive knowledge of the lower divisions and lower league players.
"Now that Dave is in place we now look forward to moving the club in the right direction.
"We believe we have a nucleus of good players, but the aim is to sign two or three new faces before the end of the transfer window to help strengthen the squad.
"Dave will be at the game tomorrow night, and hopes to have some involvement, so I would encourage you all to come out and support him and get his reign off to a good start."
Dave will be introduced to fans at tomorrow night's game against Walsall.
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