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O'Driscoll appointed head coach

Posted: Mon 14 Jan 2013
Author: Adam Baker
Sean O'Driscoll

Sean O'Driscoll

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Statement: New man unveiled at Ashton Gate.

Sean O'Driscoll has been appointed the new Bristol City Head Coach on a rolling contract.

The 55-year-old Midlander has today been named the successor to former boss Derek McInnes, who left the club following the 4-0 defeat to Leicester City on Saturday.

Jon Lansdown, the club's Football Managing Director, said: "It's important that we give ourselves the best possible chance of surviving and moving up the Championship table this season. 

"In Sean we have someone with a track record of developing clubs longer term, as well as a wealth of experience at this level, which will be vital in our fight for survival in the Championship. 

"I am delighted he decided to join us ahead of a number of other offers he has received.

"This season has been a rocky ride and we find ourselves in a difficult position, but we still have the time and ability to get out of it. 

"We need everyone associated with Bristol City Football Club to pull together and get behind Sean, the staff and players to give them every ounce of support possible between now and the final game of the season."

A midfielder during his playing days, much of O'Driscoll's career was spent with Bournemouth. He made, at the time of his retirement, a club record 423 league appearances for the Cherries.

He also played more than 100 times for Fulham, and earned three caps for the Republic of Ireland.  

O'Driscoll took his first steps into management at Bournemouth in 2000, and during a cash-strapped six-year spell, he still managed to guide the South Coast club to play-off success in Division Three.

O'Driscoll's 23-year association with Bournemouth - as player and manager - came to an end in 2006 when Doncaster Rovers sought his services.

Within six months at Belle Vue, Doncaster won the Football League Trophy with a 3-2 success over Bristol Rovers in Cardiff.

O'Driscoll's first full season in charge, in 2007/08, brought further success, this time in the shape of promotion to the Championship via the play-offs. Victory over Leeds United at Wembley - a day after City's defeat to Hull City to reach the Premier League - saw Doncaster clinch their place in the second tier for the first time in 50 years.

With one of the lowest wage bills in the Championship, O'Driscoll managed to turn Rovers into a comfortable mid-table side for a number of seasons.

After his departure from the Keepmoat in 2011, he spent time as assistant manager at Nottingham Forest before Crawley Town came calling. But before he could take charge of a single game for the Reds, Forest sacked Steve Cotterill and appointed O'Driscoll as their new boss.

With new owners on board, O'Driscoll set about reshaping Forest's squad with a host of signings, and was in charge for their opening day 1-0 win over Bristol City at the City Ground in August.

He was surprisingly sacked on Boxing Day, after just five months in charge. Forest were well placed in the Championship at the time and had beaten Leeds United 4-2 live on TV.

O'Driscoll now brings his wealth of managerial experience to Ashton Gate with the immediate task of lifting the team off the foot of the table and to safety in 2012/13.