A ROVERS return for Sean O’Driscoll is completely out of the equation after he was officially unveiled as Bristol City’s new manager.
The former Doncaster boss, who was sacked by Nottingham Forest on Boxing Day, takes over from Derek McInnes at Ashton Gate.
The Robins are currently bottom of the Championship and six points from safety.
However, the 55-year-old is thought to have turned down the vacant Blackpool post in favour of City.
Earlier this month, in-demand O’Driscoll also rejected the chance to replace Keith Hill at Barnsley.
O’Driscoll would have been a popular choice among supporters to return to Doncaster.
But his somewhat acrimonious sacking in 2011 after a five-year stay at the Keepmoat Stadium made that prospect a non-starter.
Jon Lansdown, Bristol City’s football managing director, said: “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.”
Bristol City become the third club that O’Driscoll has worked for this season, following stints at Crawley and Forest. Sacked Scot McInnes beat O’Driscoll to the Ashton Gate job 15 months ago.
Caretaker boss Brian Flynn is the new bookies’ favourite to become the next permanent manager of Rovers.
Flynn is followed in the betting by Glynn Snodin, Steve Lomas, Gary Smith and Paul Dickov - a quartet The Star understand feature on Rovers’ managerial shortlist.
Stevenage boss Smith responded to the speculation after seeing his side beaten by Rovers on Saturday.
He said: “I think any time that you’re linked with a club that are in their position - they’ve come down from the Championship, they’ve got terrific support and fantastic facilities - of course it’s nice to be linked with those jobs.
“It means that maybe there’s something going well here.
“I’m flattered, but the bottom line is that I don’t know too much about it.
“There’s a lot of work still to be done here.”