Darrell Clarke has signed a new contract with Bristol Rovers for an additional five years as manager.

The Mansfield-born manager has been involved with The Pirates since 2014, where they faced relegation from League Two. However, they only spent one season in the National League after finishing second and beating Grimsby Town in the play-off final at Wembley.

Darrell Clarke’s men then had to battle it out once again in League Two – against Dagenham and Redbridge. The final fixture saw Bristol Rovers in fourth place, but could easily push third place, Accrington Stanley into the play-offs. The score was level after 15 minutes, but a winning goal from Lee Brown in the 92nd minute saw The Pirates in League One the next season as Accrington Stanley failed to score against Stevenage.

In League One, The Pirates were unbeaten in 11 home games from January up until April, but they failed to maintain their streak after losing their final match against Millwall. Bristol Rovers had potential to take 6th place, meaning Millwall and Southend would lose their chance on a play-off spot, but the result at Gillingham knocked their chances from stealing 6th.

Wael Al-Qadi, Bristol Rovers’ Club President spoke about the boss’ new contract: “I am so pleased that Darrell has decided to extend his stay with us”

“With Darrell as manager, we feel that the club is in a stable position and we are confident that he will continue to move us forward.”

Clarke also spoke out and showed his excitement to extend his campaign with the Bristol club:  “I am delighted to have committed my long-term future to Bristol Rovers. I am very proud and honoured to be the manager at this football club.”

“I would like to thank the club’s owners and directors for giving me the opportunity to continue, long term, to take the club forward”

“I would also like to thank our amazing fans whose support to me, personally, is second to none.” [Bristol Rovers]

My response:

As a known Bristol Rovers fan, I am delighted with the news of his new contract and especially for an additional five years. He has been a credit to the club for the years he’s been with us and I’m optimistic that he will only move the club forward. This is our second consecutive season in League One after finishing in the top 10 last season. We are ready for the Championship, but that miss on the play-offs allows Darrell to work on getting us a guaranteed spot in the top 6 this season.


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