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Bristol Rovers appoint Dave Penney as their new manager

Dave Penney
Penney left League One side Oldham in May 2010

Bristol Rovers have appointed Dave Penney as their new manager.

The former Darlington, Doncaster and Oldham boss takes over from Paul Trollope, who was sacked last month after five and a half years in charge.

Details of the 46-year-old's deal are undisclosed but he takes charge with Rovers struggling in League One.

"I don't think I'd be here if the board didn't think I could get the club out of this position," Penney told BBC Radio Bristol.

The Yorkshireman started his managerial career at Doncaster Rovers in 2002 and won successive promotions from the Conference and League Two.

He left Doncaster in August 2006 and later that year was appointed manager of Darlington where he remained in charge for three years before taking over at Oldham.

Despite initial success with the Latics he was sacked in May last year with the club just four points above the League One relegation zone.

"This just felt right after speaking to the chairman and the board of directors. I felt the interview went well and obviously it did which is why I'm here," Penney continued.

"I'm honest, I'm hard working and that's what you need from your players. Invariably we defend from the front and win the ball back as high up the pitch.

"I would like to keep hold of Will Hoskins - he was excellent when I watched him the other night - but I wouldn't want to be losing any players at the moment.

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"From watching the other day I'd like to get three or four players in. There are areas we need to address but I've been on the phone already."

Rovers chairman Nick Higgs added: "We had an amazing response when we announced we were looking for a new manager and Dave quickly emerged as the top candidate.

"We believe we have a nucleus of good players, but the aim is to sign two or three new faces before the end of the transfer window."



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