Bristol Rovers hero leaves managers job of non-league club that has five ex-Gas players

Several former Gas players had moved to Gloucester City to work with Lee Mansell
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Gloucester City and their first-team manager Lee Mansell have agreed to mutually part ways.

Bristol Rovers legend Mansell is leaving the Tigers after just over a year in charge, following an interim spell in charge after the sacking of Paul Groves, before getting it on a permanet basis.

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It was Mansell’s first job at senior management level after spells with the Rovers academy and he kept them Gloucester up, leading them to a 17th-placed finish.

At the time of his departure, he had left Gloucester in 15th-place with four wins, a draw and five defeats, five points above the relegation zone and three points off of the play-offs. He did try and persuade former teammate Chris Lines to reunite with him, but he was unsuccessful and the legend later joined Bath City.

Gloucester are still in the FA Cup and have a home fixture against Welsh side Merthyr Town in the third qualifying round on Saturday, October 1.

A statement released by the club read: “Gloucester City AFC can confirm that the club have parted company with First-Team Manager Lee Mansell by mutual consent.

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“We’d like to place on record our thanks to Lee for all of his efforts during his time at Gloucester City and wish him and his staff all the best for the future.”

The squad is made up of several ex-Rovers players, as well as one loanee. Young centre-back Jamie Egan was sent on a one-month loan to the Tiger Turf Stadium and had played six times there, but has not played since the start of September.

Lucas Tomlinson, Sion Spence and Kieran Phillips, who were on the books at the Gas last season, are also there as well as Daniel Leadbitter and former academy goalkeeper Liam Armstrong.

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