Gary Johnson shows interest in Bristol Rovers job

Gary Johnson has said he would "not rule out" taking the vacant managerial position at Bristol Rovers.

The Pirates relieved Paul Buckle of his duties on Tuesday and Johnson, who used to manage cross-city rivals Bristol City, has been out of work since leaving Northampton in November.

"You don't rule anything out," the 56-year-old told BBC Points West.

"I class myself as a West Country person and this is where I enjoyed all my football."

He continued: "Of course I'm interested in everything that comes up.

"I want to get back into management. I can't stand sitting at home and watching Loose Women, it's driving me up the wall.

"It's going to be a decent job for somebody. It's a big club with a great fanbase and lots of potential. They've got to find someone who can turn it round quickly and get Rovers back up that table."

Johnson had a successful spell in charge at West Country neighbours Yeovil before joining City in 2005, and spent four-and-a-half years at Ashton Gate. He then went on to manage Peterborough United and Northampton.

He is currently favourite to take over at the Memorial Stadium, although former Doncaster boss Sean O'Driscoll has also been linked with the position.

Rovers' financial director, Toni Watola, says the role has already attracted interest from several parties: "I've received a number of applications of a reasonable quality - they're from Championship level and lower.

"We want to make an appointment in the next seven to 10 days. The sooner we can make one the better so we can get the show back on the road."

He added: "We do need someone with experience to come in, but he's also got to be experienced in the right way. Rovers fans want to see some entertaining football and want to see passion. We're looking for a manager who can bring that to the club."

Bristol Rovers currently sit 19th in League Two, having claimed just six victories under Buckle this season.

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