Npower League Two side Bristol Rovers have today announced the appointment of Mark McGhee as their new manager on a two-and-a-half year deal.

The vastly experienced Scot succeeds Paul Buckle who was relieved of his duties at the start of this month.

The Pirates currently lie in 18th place, after caretaker boss Shaun North collected a respectable four points in his two games in charge against Hereford and Crawley respectively. 

Rovers chairman Nick Higgs said: "We were very impressed with the quality of the candidates for the position, but he (McGhee) was a cut above."

McGhee's target will be to keep the underachieving giants in the fourth tier after a hugely forgettable first half of the campaign. 

McGhee certainly possesses the know-how to get the Gas out of their sticky position, after successful promotion winning spells at Millwall and Brighton, whilst achieving a European spot whilst in charge of SPL side Motherwell. 

The 54-year-old Scot also cites Reading, Leicester, Wolves and Aberdeen on his managerial CV, and becomes the sixth boss in the last 12 months to take control at the Memorial Stadium. 

McGhee's first game in charge will be away to high-flying West Country rivals Cheltenham Town on Saturday.

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