5 possible candidates to replace O'Driscoll at Bristol City

Bristol City have parted company with their manager after a very poor start to the season.

Following on from last season's relegation from the Championship, Bristol City's target for this year was obviously an immediate return. However following just two wins in the league, the chairman Jon Lansdown has decided it is time for a managerial change.

Sean O'Driscoll took over from Derek McInnes in January of this year, but couldn't halt their slide towards relegation from the Championship. From his 44 games in charge he only managed 11 wins.

Given the wealth of talent available in the Bristol City squad it is surprising that they currently find themselves in 22nd place in League One. Amongst their strikers they have Jay Emmanuel-Thomas who has actually scored 13 goals already. Alongside him is former West Ham striker Sam Baldock who has eight goals to his name. Both strikers are more than capable of playing in the Championship.

There is also plenty of experience in the squad with Nicky Shorey, Marlon Harewood, and Marvin Elliott. They have conceded 31 goals already this season however, and that has been their downfall.

Plenty of managers will be keen to take the job at Ashton Gate. Bristol City are a big club with a lot of potential, but at the moment they are heading towards League 2. Here's five possible candidates for the job:

Michael Appleton

The former Portsmouth manager found himself in a very unfortunate situation last season. After managing a sinking ship fairly well at Fratton Park he was given a chance at Blackpool. However he was quickly snapped up by Lancashire rivals. Despite guiding them to an FA Cup victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, he was dismissed after just 67 days in charge. Blackburn were very trigger happy last season though. Still a bright young manager.

Ian Holloway

It would be a big drop from managing in the Premier League to battling against relegation to League Two. But Ian Holloway may fancy a move back to his hometown. The Bristolian spent much of his playing career playing for rivals Bristol Rovers. He also begun his managerial career there too, from 1996 to 2001. Whilst some fans may be apprehensive about giving him the job given his Rovers links. 'Ollie' may be tempted himself.

Steve Cotterill

Steve Cotterill always finds himself linked with jobs in the Football League, mainly because he has a very impressive track record at that level. Starting off at Cheltenham he led them from the Southern Premier League into what is now League One. He is known as the "Messiah of Whaddon Road". He also guided Notts County to promotion from League Two. Cotterill was another to manage Pompey through a difficult period, and did a good job stabilising them in the Championship. Respected by many in the game, would be a good appointment for Bristol City.

Neil Warnock

Warnock could be tempted for one last job in his managerial career that has now spanned 23 years and 13 clubs. Perceived to have been unfairly sacked by QPR after leading them into the top flight, Warnock then took over at Leeds United. He said that job would be his last challenge, but that didn't end well either. He does have a knack of turning around a club's fortunes and will often be challenging for the play-offs. He took Crystal Palace to the play-offs in 2008, after taking them over when they were in relegation trouble. Could have the same affect at Ashton Gate.

Joe Jordan

A former player and manager at Bristol City, and now under Harry Redknapp at Queens Park Rangers. He has managed the club twice before and led them to promotion in 1990. He will have gained a lot during his time with Harry at Portsmouth, Tottenham Hotspur and QPR, and could be interested in one last spell in management.

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