Campbell not expecting manager's role at Bristol Rovers

Stuart Campbell
Campbell has made 277 league appearances for Bristol Rovers

Bristol Rovers player-manager Stuart Campbell says it is unlikely he will stay on in the role next season.

Campbell was put in temporary charge following the departure of Dave Penney in March, but was unable to rescue the side from relegation to League Two.

"From my point of view, the longer it goes on it probably seems less likely that I'll be the manager," he told BBC Radio Bristol.

"I'll respect the decision and wish whoever it is the best for the future."

Penney was brought in as Rovers boss following the sacking of Paul Trollope in January, but lasted just two months in the role after his side fell to nine defeats in 13 games.

Their fortunes improved under Campbell, as he led them to four victories and three draws in his 12 games in charge, but it was not enough to keep them in League One.

"When I took the job I firmly believed that we could stay up," he said. "Unfortunately it hasn't been the case so I'm gutted that I was unable to achieve that with a club that means so much to me."

The 33-year-old former Grimsby, Birmingham and Leicester midfielder joined Rovers in 2004 on a free transfer and has since made 328 appearances in all competitions.

When asked about his future at the club, Campbell insisted: "I'll go back to being a player, it's as simple as that.

"It's not really a time to talk about individuals. First and foremost it's crucial that we get the manager's position sorted out so they've got the best chance possible to have a really good start to life in League Two next year."

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