Darrell Clarke: Bristol Rovers boss has unfinished business

Darrell Clarke
Darrell Clarke was in charge when Bristol Rovers were relegated from League Two in 2014

Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke says he has unfinished business at the promoted League Two club.

Clarke makes no secret of his determination to manage at the highest level, but has vowed to steer Rovers to the top half of League One first.

"I want to kick on, move the club forward and keep building success," Clarke told BBC Points West.

"As a player I wanted to play at the highest level and as a manager I want to manage at the highest level."

He added: "For me, there is unfinished business here and I want to get Bristol Rovers into the top half of League One and then I will feel as if I've achieved."

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Clarke set for Football League return

Having seen Rovers relegated in 2014, Clarke steered the club back into the Football League last season - and is determined to build on that momentum after some dark moments.

"We took it on the chin," he said. "I took it on the chin, had a really depressing summer and it was very hard to take. It affected my family pretty badly, but I came back with a determination to put it right.

"We put that right last year and now for me it's about building and I don't want to stand still. The players certainly better not want to stand still.

"We want to kick on and bring more success to the club. We've had a taste of it last year with 35,000 Bristol Rovers fans coming to see us win and that should drive the lads on for more success.

He added: "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger and I had very low moments last season. But I've learned from that and I'm ready - and I've learned not to panic and believe in my ability to believe in the players and build that siege mentality."

His Rovers side begin their season by hosting Northampton Town on Saturday.

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