Europa League, MLS, Turkey: What happened to Ben Garner’s 21 Bristol Rovers signings in pictures
In just under a year and just 33 games, Ben Garner had recruited almost two starting XI’s
Bristol Rovers were denied of a reunion with Ben Garner after Charlton Athletic sacked him. The Addicks had decided that a defeat to Cheltenham Town - leaving them 16th in League One - was what tipped the board over and believed they'd be better suited to finding a new boss.
Garner had only been in the post at The Valley for six months, and chose to leave Swindon Town to take up the role. The 42-year-old led the Robins to a League Two play-off spot, but lost to Port Vale on penalties. His time at the County Ground is the longest he's been afforded time in his role.
He claimed that he wasn't given the 'necessary time' to take Charlton forward in his parting statement. Garner was tasked with an overhaul at the South London club and was given the resources to sign eight new players. His job was similar to the one at Rovers, though during his time at the Memorial Stadium, he had signed seven players in his first full month in charge.
In total, he signed 21 players, including one twice, having been impressed by his first spell. Out of the 21 players recruited, only four of them remain at the club today, with another making a sensational return earlier this summer.
Fortunately, all players have found a home, as any free agent will tell you, the longer you remain out of the game, the harder it is to get back in. A whole host of players have headed to Scotland, whilst others have gone as far as Turkey, as well as the United States. Let's take a look as to what these former Rovers players are up to these days.