The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

BRIS­TOL ROVERS man­ager John Ward says the de­ci­sion not to re­new the con­tract of as­sis­tant man­ager Shaun North was no re­flec­tion on his abil­ity.

North has left the Pi­rates af­ter two years and Ward is look­ing for an ex­pe­ri­enced re­place­ment to help next sea­son’s pro­mo­tion bid.

“It wasn’t a ques­tion of him not do­ing his job. He’s been so sup­port­ive, as have Mar­cus Ste­wart and all the back­room staff,” said Ward.

“We just feel we need to move in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion.

“I’ve got noth­ing but praise for Shaun and if other peo­ple ask for a ref­er­ence for his ser­vices, then I’ll give him a good one.”

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