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19 December 2019

Coughlan Leaves Bristol Rovers For Mansfield 

Bristol Rovers boss Graham Coughlan has left the League One side to become the manager of League Two outfit Mansfield Town. 

He takes over from John Dempster who was sacked last Saturday, following a 1-1 draw away to Crewe Alexandra - meaning that The Stags haven’t won a league game since 26th October. 

The club haven’t tasted victory in six games in all competitions and are seven points above the relegation places, in 18th position in the standings. 

Rovers meanwhile, are two points from an automatic promotion place, sitting in fourth place in the higher division, so the decision that Coughlan has made will come as a somewhat of a shock. 

However, he is based in Sheffield so logistically the move makes sense with the 45-year-old also being impressed with Mansfield’s facilities and ambition. 

"I've been living in this part of the country for the best part of 20 years and it’s what I am,” said Coughlan. 

"We will be honest, we will be hardworking and we will wear that jersey with pride. That's all I ask of my new players." 

 

Westley Re-Joins Stevenage For The Fourth Time 

Stevenage have appointed Graham Westley as manager, in what will now be his fourth spell in charge of The Boro. 

He has taken over from Mark Sampson who will work with Westley as a member of his first-team coaching staff. 

The Hertfordshire-based side are 23rd in the table after winning just two out of 20 matches in the league this season. 

"Given our current league position, this is not the time for us to experiment with managers," Chairman Phil Wallace said. 

"I need someone I trust and I trust Graham. 

"Mark has made us hard to beat, but we have not won the points needed to climb the table, so it is time to introduce someone with experience into the mix. 

 

Baldwin Becomes EFL CEO 

Former Burnley and Bradford City chief executive David Baldwin, will become the new CEO of the English Football League in June. 

"The role of chief executive at the EFL is an exciting opportunity that I could not turn down," said Baldwin. 

"I am looking forward working with the clubs, growing the competitions and ensuring we have a successful and sustainable league in the future."


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