Bristol Rovers chairman Nick Higgs wants investors at club

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Higgs 'has considered Rovers exit'

Chairman Nick Higgs has said Bristol Rovers are actively seeking new investors at the Conference club.

Higgs revealed to BBC Points West that an interested party was "very close" to joining the board this summer but they chose to buy another club.

And the non-league side are hoping the right investor will provide an upturn in their fortunes, after their relegation from the Football League.

"The club has always been up for sale," admitted Higgs.

"But I have an obligation to make sure that the people who want to invest are doing it for the right reasons and aren't just a one-week wonder.

"We have to vet everyone to make sure they're in a position to improve what we're providing at the moment.

"We're still talking to people and hoping to get new faces on the board over the next few months but these things take time."

Bristol Rovers under chairman Higgs
2008-09Finished 11th in League One under manager Paul Trollope.
2009-10Finished 11th in League One for the second time under Trollope.
2010-11Trollope sacked in December. Darren Patterson takes caretaker charge before Dave Penney is appointed in January. Penney sacked in March and midfielder Stuart Campbell takes over temporarily. Relegated from League One.
2011-12Paul Buckle appointed manager but sacked in January. Assistant Shaun North takes over before Mark McGhee arrives on permanent deal. Finished 13th in League Two.
2012-13McGhee sacked in December and replaced by John Ward. Finished 14th in League Two.
2013-14John Ward moved to director of football. Darrell Clarke takes over as manager but Rovers finish 23rd and are relegated. Ward is sacked.

Higgs has been on the Bristol Rovers board since 2006 and became chairman two years later, when they were in League One.

During his tenure, he has seen nine different managers take charge of the first-team and they were relegated to the Conference for the first time in their history in May, after their final-day defeat by Mansfield.

Higgs has received criticism from some supporters for Rovers' decline and the club have come under further scrutiny after failing to win in their opening three Conference games.

And, when asked if he had considered quitting the club, Higgs responded: "I wouldn't be telling the truth if I said I hadn't considered it.

"There's days where I think 'what more can I do?' But we're here to try and take Bristol Rovers forward.

"We've hit a low patch at this moment in time and now we've got to try and pick ourselves up.

"We've now got to get behind Darrell Clarke and the team to give him the backing he needs to try and get the first three points on the board. Hopefully then we can try to move forward."

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