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LMA statement regarding Paul Trollope

Thu 16th Dec 2010 | Football Club Management

The League Managers Association (LMA) has issued the following statement in relation to Paul Trollope who has been relieved of his managerial duties at Bristol Rovers Football Club.

Paul was initially installed as first team coach in a two-tier management team alongside then director of football, Lennie Lawrence.

The former Wales midfielder followed up a mid-table finish in his first season with promotion to League One through the play-offs in 2007. That season Bristol Rovers also reached the final of the Football League Trophy.  Paul is one of only five Bristol Rovers managers to achieve a promotion in the 127 year history of the football club.

Paul consolidated his team at the higher level over the next two campaigns. In 2008 the club reached the quarter finals of the FA Cup for the first time in 50 years.

In 2009/10, he guided Rovers to an 11th place finish, firmly establishing the club as a League One outfit.

Paul was the 7th longest serving manager in English football at the time he was placed on gardening leave.

Paul Trollope said, “Naturally I am saddened to receive the news and disappointed that I will no longer have the opportunity to achieve my ambition of promotion to the Championship.

“Nevertheless, I enjoyed 5 fantastic years and I will always be extremely grateful to the club for giving me my first opportunity in management.

“I am proud of my achievements during that period and pleased to have been part of a management team that moved Bristol Rovers forward. I have made some great friends and I would also like to thank the players, supporters and all the staff for their efforts during my time in charge.

“I wish the club every success in the future. Whilst I am disappointed to be leaving the manager’s role, I now look forward to a new challenge in the game.”

Richard Bevan, chief executive of the LMA said, “The LMA shares Paul’s disappointment in being placed on gardening leave by the club.

“The LMA will fully support Paul during the coming months. At only 38, he has already managed over 250 games in the Football League, a truly remarkable record in his first appointment as manager. “

 That, together with a promotion and a Football League Trophy final now on his CV, leads me to believe that Paul will be back managing in the game very soon.”

 

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