‘If we keep winning...’ - Andy Mangan quizzed on whether he wants Bristol Rovers job

Bristol Rover interim manager Andy Mangan has been quizzed on his future as he takes charge of FA Cup clash against Whitby Town this weekend.
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Bristol Rovers caretaker boss Andy Mangan provides an update on the managerial situation at the club. The 37-year old took charge of the Gas last Thursday, following the sacking of Joey Barton.

Mangan took charge of his first game as caretaker in last Saturday’s 2-1 victory at home to Northampton Town in League One.

“If we keep winning then then who knows,” said Mangan.

“All I can do is prepare the team as best as I can, make sure that we play the right brand of football which suits the players and hopefully if you keep winning football nobody knows.”

November is set to be another busy month for Rovers, with a further seven games scheduled. Next up for Mangan’s team is a trip from seventh-tier side Whitby Town, in the FA Cup first-round at the Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

“We can only go one game at a time and Saturday is my sole focus,” said Mangan.

“All I can do is prepare the team as best as I can.

“We’re in the business of making players better, the win on Saturday gave everyone an awful lot of confidence and we’ve prepared superbly this week and we move now into the FA Cup which is a really exciting period.”

Former Chartlon Athletic manager Dean Holden has recently held talks with the club, according to the Bristol Post.

With former Rovers player and manager Ian Holloway also of interest, alongside ex Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk.

Mangan has also revealed that former coach Kevin Bond has returned to club.

“Bond is coming to help us because I’ve not got an assistant now, we are one coach down as Joey Barton has obviously left.

“I thought it would be really good for the players, to bring Bondy back with his experience, his wealth of knowledge and the way he is with the players.”

The former Southend United caretaker manager will be welcomed back with open arms by the Rovers staff and players.

“When he was here last time we had an awful lot of success,” said Mangan.

“Everyone really respects him and I think we’re very lucky to have someone like Kevin Bond.”