Crucial times for Bristol football
THESE are critical times for Bristol's two professional football clubs. Both on and off the field, City and Rovers may be a couple of leagues apart, but the situation at both is almost a mirror image.
City are fighting relegation from the Championship where they currently prop up the league. Rovers, likewise, are bottom of League Two and striving to stop themselves dropping out of league football altogether. Both clubs are also intent on building themselves new stadiums in the north and south of Bristol.
So there's an awful lot at stake and no one who follows football will be surprised that City jettisoned their manager, Derek McInnes, at the weekend.
Rovers got rid of theirs some weeks ago and their new incumbent, John Ward, notched a valuable win for them at the weekend.
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City have not held back. they made a rapid appointment, naming Sean O'Driscoll as the manager charged with pulling them back from the brink. He will have his work cut out
But no matter which team you support, everyone in Bristol should hope that both City and Rovers keep their current status intact and that both stadiums go ahead.
Bristol would be a much poorer place, on a sporting and economic level, if either, or both, fail to do that.