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Gerry goes at Rovers.

GERRY FRANCIS has resigned as manager of third division side Bristol Rovers.

Francis, who took charge at the Memorial Stadium in June, has left his post for personal reasons.

Assistant boss Garry Thompson has been in charge for the last three weeks after Francis took compassionate leave and Thompson will continue to act as caretaker manager for the clash with Leyton Orient on Boxing Day.

The former Tottenham boss said: "It is with much regret that due to immediate family illness, I am leaving my position of manager and director of football at Bristol Rovers Football Club."

The Pirates are 22nd in the table after recording just five wins in 22 games.

Francis added: "The club have been very supportive and given me time off in the hope that my position would improve but unfortunately my problems have become long term."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 26, 2001
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