Former Team Bath FC Head Coach Paul Tisdale appointed as new Bristol Rovers first-team manager

20 November 2020

Paul Tisdale, who famously coached Team Bath FC on a history-making FA Cup run, has been appointed as the new first-team manager at League One club Bristol Rovers.

Tisdale was Head Football Coach at the University of Bath from 1999 to 2006, during which time the Blue & Gold won four promotions through the non-league pyramid.

They also became the first University side since 1880 to reach the first round proper of the FA Cup during a remarkable run in the 2002-03 season, culminating in a televised match again league opposition Mansfield Town.

Tisdale – who played professionally for Southampton, Bristol City and clubs in Finland and Greece – was appointed as Exeter City manager in 2006 and enjoyed a successful 12-year spell with the Grecians, leading them from the National League to League One and the club’s highest-ever league finish.

His last role was with MK Dons, guiding them to promotion from League Two in 2018-19, and after a short break from the game he has this week returned to football management with Bristol Rovers – a club he knows well from his junior days.

“I can’t wait to get going,” Tisdale told the Rovers website. “I joined Rovers as a 10-year-old and spent three or four seasons with the Academy, so this was the first club I played for.

“My first target and challenge is the next game but in time there is a long-term goal and I would like to help the team progress up the league and build the identity that the chairman and owner wants us to achieve.”

Find out more about the football programme at the University of Bath by clicking here.

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