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Bristol Rovers sack Trollope ahead of showdown with Colchester

| 15.12.2010

Bristol Rovers are on the lookout for a new manager to help guide them to League One safety this season after sacking Paul Trollope with immediate effect.

The club have not won any of their last ten games in all competitions since beating Rochdale in the middle of October and this has been a catalyst for them falling into the relegation places.

A Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat to Exeter proved the final straw for the club’s hierarchy and they are now searching for a replacement.

However, first they must decide who will pick the Bristol Rovers side for their next League One game, which will be at home to Colchester.

Chairman Nick Higgs said: “We now find ourselves in the bottom four, with attendances dropping off rapidly.

“We now hope to make a prompt appointment to take over the managerial role and get the club moving back in the right direction.”

The good news for Bristol Rovers is that they have never lost a home game to Colchester in their history, which is 13 previous meetings, and they are 8/5 in the League One betting to take the three points at the Memorial Stadium this season.

But Colchester may prove difficult to beat as they have lost just one of their eight away games this season.

Colchester’s betting odds are also 8/5 to beat Bristol Rovers and a victory would not only consolidate their spot in the play-off places but would give them an outside chance of climbing into second in the standings.

Perhaps the best bet in the fixture though, may be that the game features under 2.5 goals as both teams appear to have difficulty in finding the target.

It is 10/11 that a maximum of two goals are scored, which represents good value bearing in mind that Bristol Rovers have only netted seven times at home, while Colchester have scored just nine away.

A £10 bet on Bristol Rovers beating Colchester 1-0 could lead to a payout of £70. New Ladbrokes customers can sign up here for a free £10 bet.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.