L2 News: Pirates Sack Buckle

Former Shots player Paul Buckle, has been sacked as manager of Bristol Rovers after just seven months in charge.

Pressure had been mounting on the 41-year-old after Rovers' recent run of poor form, which has seen them claim just five points from 10 League Two games.

They lost all three games over the festive period, including to relegation rivals Plymouth and Barnet, and are currently just five points above the drop zone.

Rovers chairman Nick Higgs told BBC Radio Bristol: "At the beginning of the season everyone thought we had made a good appointment in Paul Buckle. He was a promising, up-and-coming manager but after the initial start to the season it deteriorated rapidly.

"If we didn't address the problem now we'd be fighting a relegation battle and the thought of Bristol Rovers in the Conference doesn't bear thinking about.

"We've acted now to make sure that doesn't happen."

After a spell as player-coach at Exeter City, Buckle's first full-time managerial position came at Torquay United in 2007 where he led them to the League Two play-off final last season, but they failed to win promotion, losing out to Stevenage.

With interest in his services high, he opted to leave Plainmoor and join Bristol Rovers in May and was tipped to turn around their fortunes following a disappointing season in which they employed four different managers and were relegated from League One.