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.”
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