Bristol Rovers have sacked Darrell Clarke with the club currently in the relegation zone in League One. Here are five potential candidates to replace him-

Ian Holloway- He is an early candidate for the job. Holloway had three spells as a player at Bristol Rovers and went onto manage them from 1996 to 2001. Could he return to management with another stint at the Memorial Stadium?

Steve Cotterill- The 54-year-old is in the running. He has previously managed Sligo Rovers, Cheltenham Town, Stoke City, Burnley, Notts County, Portsmouth, Nottingham Forest, Bristol City and most recently Birmingham City.

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Paul Hurst- He is looking to get back into the game after he was sacked by Ipswich Town at the end of October. Hurst guided Shrewsbury Town to the League One Play-Off final last season and deserves another shot in the third tier. He has also previously been in charge of Boston United and Grimsby Town.

Darren Ferguson- He is available after leaving Doncaster Rovers over the summer. Ferguson has won promotion from League One twice before with Peterborough United and guided Doncaster to promotion from League Two in 2017.

Michael Appleton- The 42-year-old is an outsider for the Rovers job. He is free after leaving his role as Leicester City’s assistant manager in June. Appleton has managed in League One before with Oxford United. He has also managed the likes of Portsmouth, Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers in the past.

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Here is how the Bristol Rovers fans reacted on Twitter to the sacking of Darrell Clarke this morning, as reported by The72.

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