Familiar faces and Premier League experience - Bristol Rovers confirm new-look coaching staff

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Bristol Rovers have confirmed their new look coaching staff ahead of the 2024/25 season as pre-season begun at The Quarters on Monday.

Wayne Carlisle has remained at the club having joined on a part-time basis in February as an independent player development coach, becoming Rovers' new assistant manager on the back of Jamie McAllister's departure which has now been officially announced by the Gas. A former Rovers player, Carlisle worked alongside Matt Taylor at both Rotherham United and Exeter City.

In terms of new faces, former Forest Green Rovers and Southampton B manager David Horseman has joined the club as a first-team coach, with the Bristolian also previously spending a total of 10 years at Bristol City within their academy set up over the course of two spells.

A hugely respected coach within the English game, Horseman's roles at City during his eight-year first stint included assistant academy manager, under-18s manager, lead youth development phase coach. He then returned in 2017 to become head of coaching before joining Southampton in 2019.

Towards the end of his four year spell on the south coast, Horseman was integrated into the first team coaching staff as the Saints were relegated from the Premier League before getting his first opportunity as a first team manager with Forest Green last season.

New head of goalkeeping Scott Brown is another arrival familiar with the south west, with the 39-year-old a legend at Cheltenham Town. The former goalkeeper, who also featured for the likes of Port Vale, Wycombe Wanderers and Aberdeen during his playing career, has also worked alongside Taylor previously at both Rotherham and Exeter.

Elsewhere, Andrew Proctor has joined the Gas as head of medical with the likes of Oxford United, Exeter and Bristol City on his CV. Proctor left the Robins last month after six years, having been in his role on an interim basis. Meanwhile Liam McCartan has become Rovers' new head analyst, joining from Swindon Town. He also previously worked for Stoke City and the Irish FA.

McCartan's appointment comes following former head of data and analysis Adam Mahoney's departure to become Huddersfield Town's assistant head of recruitment. Mahoney was promoted into the role as part of the club's new recruitment team in February having previously worked in the analysis department.

Alongside the appointments, Kevin Bond and Anssi Jaakkola's departures from the club have now been officially confirmed, as well as McAllister's. Bond re-joined Rovers as a first team coach in November on a part-time basis, initially to assist then-interim boss Andy Mangan after the former Tottenham, Newcastle and Southampton coach had been part of the coaching staff during the Gas' League Two promotion season.

Additionally, Jaakkola became goalkeeping coach last summer having ended his playing career which concluded with a four-year spell in BS7 and McAllister became Taylor's assistant manager in December.