The Quick Gas Update: What next…?

Whilst a lot of us are perhaps winding down ahead of the Christmas period it’s been an eventful couple of weeks at the gas…

Graham’s Gone

“It’s the most Rovers thing ever”

Ash at GasCast

Ash hits the nail on the head in the latest episode of GasCast. Little did gashead’s know, that following the jubilation of beating title challengers Ipswich at Portman Road, we’d be questioning Coughlan’s future at the club almost immediately after.

The Ipswich Interview

The interview that took an unexpected turn reiterated how GC had never been completely media savvy. Providing somewhat, unguarded thoughts spoken aloud, which should arguably have been kept under wraps, until formalities had been drawn.

Initial thoughts on Coughlan’s comments were a way of asking for more budget, backing, and to question the ambition of the chairman. Although, this evidently was not the case, and the rumours were proven to be true when the club gave Mansfield permission to approach GC on Monday. 

Was GC ever really at home at the Mem?

Following the Stag’s announcement on Tuesday, fans are divided about the departure, mirroring perhaps what was the general feeling towards Coughlan during his time at the club. For some, this may have came as a slap in the face, following GC’s comments a few week’s back, that the team could achieve something special this year. Fans may be left wondering where this has all came from. 

Shortly after the emotional interview was released, Mark Little’s tweet pretty much summed things up. 

The timing of the shock announcement is with out a doubt questionable and with Joe Dunne looking set to follow GC we are left with many questions; Will anyone else follow? Will JCH be leaving? Was there not enough backing for GC? Let us know your thoughts. 

Who’s coming in? 

That leaves us with the obvious question, who’s next? The search for a new manager is already underway there is already a list of favourites for the role, which you can find here.

Are you sad to see the back of Coughlan? or is it a blessing in disguise? Give us your views. 

Triumph at Ipswich

Unfortunately, the Gas’ magnificent win away at Portland Road has been somewhat overshadowed. As was mentioned during the latest Gascast episode, the lineup for Saturday’s game left fans understandably deflated. With Nichols and Smith leading the front line, not many would expect the pairing to bag a couple against the title challengers. Nichols notably converting with a diving header. 

Was it ever in doubt? 

You always hope your team will do well, but against title contenders away from home, most would’ve been happy with a point. However, should we start having more faith in the current squad? even without JCH present?

The Tractor Boys’ form at home has been shaky recently, and on the back of of a good run for the Gas, was the win ever in doubt? 

The Gas find themselves up to 4th with a huge game tomorrow at the Mem against 3rd placed Peterborough. That being a sentence we’d, in all honesty, not been expecting at the start of the season. Find the match preview here.

Overcoming Argyle in the FA Cup 

Tuesday night saw the Gas record another win away from home at Home Park. A fluid Plymouth team threatened the gas’ goal on several occasions although could never convert, mainly due to the well drilled back line and unbeatable Jaakkola between the sticks. 

Following the win against Argyle, the Gas still remain in two cup competitions, with a beatable opponent in the next round of the FA cup at home on the horizon. 

What’s next….

With the rollercoaster of emotions that the past couple of week’s have brought to Gasheads, it is both a great time, and an unsettling time to be a Rovers fan. In typical Gas fashion, nothing is straightforward and of course, always unpredictable. One thing for sure is that the coming week’s will bring a lot more talking points, with developments on the manager hunt sure to surface.

Stay up to date with all things Bristol Rovers right here, and for more in depth discussion and opinion, tune in to the Gascast podcast.

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