By Wayne Veysey

18th Nov, 2020 | 1:37pm

Exclusive: Paul Tisdale agrees to be new Bristol Rovers manager

Paul Tisdale is set to be named the new Bristol Rovers manager, Football Insider understands.

The League One outfit have been in the market for a new head coach after Ben Garner was relieved of his duties on Saturday following a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Fleetwood Town.

A source at the Memorial Stadium has told Football Insider that former Exeter and MK Dons boss Tisdale has agreed terms to take charge of the Pirates and return to management for the first time in over a year.

The 47-year-old, who spent his playing days at the likes of Southampton, Bristol City, Yeovil Town and Exeter, was dismissed by MK Dons last November after a poor start to their League One campaign.

He joined the Dons in 2018 following their relegation to League Two and was able to guide the club straight back to the third tier with a third-place finish and automatic promotion.

He also spent 12 years as manager of Exeter City as he helped the Grecians out of non-league football and made it as high as League One before his departure.

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Tisdale is now set to take charge of a Bristol Rovers side who have made a poor start to their new League One campaign.

The Pirates currently sit 18th in the league table after three wins, three draws and five defeats.

They have managed to pick up just one win in their last five league games, although they did make it to the second round of the FA Cup with victory over Walsall.

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