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Chief executive: Strong interest in Rovers role

22 June 2019

Rovers chief executive Gavin Baldwin says there has already been plenty of interest in the vacant managerial position at the club.

An appointment is expected in July, with a similar process to that followed the last time the club recruited to be followed.

Gavin said: “Football moves so quickly that I had people ringing me before we had any vacancy to make it clear they would be interested in joining us, and the early interest includes some very high calibre names so we know we will have good options. 

“We felt the process which led to our last appointment worked well in that it saw us recruit someone who led us to the fifth round of the FA Cup and the semi-finals of the play-offs. We always have succession and contingency plans, so we were able to implement them as soon as it became clear we may need to recruit.”

Grant McCann and Cliff Byrne spent just under 12 months at Rovers before moving on to take on similar roles at Championship side Hull City.

Gavin added: “We were clear from the off that we didn’t want Grant and Cliff to leave us, they delivered on our target to secure a top-six finish and we were so close to reaching the play-off final. I’d like to thank them both for their efforts while at the club and wish them well for the future.

“They obviously laid out a lot of our pre-season plans, but at the same time we have a structure to the club that means we can continue with business as usual and our staff are at Cantley Park from Monday making preparations for the new season. Our aims remain to push for promotion, and I’ve every faith we have the players and staff to achieve that.”

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