Former Bristol Rovers boss Paul Tisdale considered for job at league rivals Stevenage

Bristol Rovers could come up against one of their former managers as Stevenage look for a replacement for Alex Revell

<p>Paul Tisdale could be about to get back into management after leaving Rovers in February. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)</p>

Paul Tisdale could be about to get back into management after leaving Rovers in February. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Former Bristol Rovers manager Paul Tisdale has emerged as a potential candidate for the vacant Stevenage job.

The Hertfordshire club are on the lookout for a new manager after parting company with Alex Revell last week.

Academy manager Robbie O’Keefe is in temporary charge and has so far won his opening two games against MK Dons and Colchester.

The Boro though will want a full-time successor and one name that is under consideration is Paul Tisdale.

Tisdale, whose last club was Bristol Rovers, had a brief stint in charge at the Memorial Stadium. He succeeded Ben Garner in November 2020 but left in February 2021, with the Gas situated just outside the drop zone.

He later joined Colchester United in an advisory role as he assisted Hayden Mullins in helping them preserve their Football League status.

Whilst his tenure in Bristol wasn’t as memorable, Tisdale has a vast amount of experience in the EFL, having managed Exeter City for 12 years. The former midfielder led them to the Football League in 2008 and they have not lost their status since, winning a consecutive promotion in 2009, before a three-year spell in League One.

He is not the firm favourite for the job however with Gillingham boss Steve Evans the favourite to succeed Revell. They had an approach knocked back for the former Leeds United boss last week.

Former goalkeeper Andy Woodman, who is wanted by Hartlepool United, another team in Rovers’ division without a manager, is another candidate, as well as Dagenham & Redbridge manager Daryl McMahon.

Fortunately there will be no new manager bounce for Rovers to contend with, given they have already played the League Two strugglers this season, losing 2-0 at home as former Gas midfielder Chris Lines scored.