John Ward set to become new Bristol Rovers boss
John Ward has emerged as a hot favourite to become Bristol Rovers' new manager.
Having sacked Mark McGhee at the weekend, the Pirates have called a 4pm press conference for today at the Memorial Stadium.
And Ward, who spent a spell in charge at Rovers during the mid-1990s, is expected to be unveiled as McGhee's successor.
Out of work since being sacked by League One Colchester United earlier this season, Ward last week verbally agreed a deal to become director of football at Plymouth Argyle.
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His appointment was due to be formally announced at Home Park today, but Ward failed to appear in Devon after telling Argyle officials he had undergone a change of heart.
He was instead understood to be travelling from his home in the Midlands to Bristol to conclude a deal with Rovers after being offered the chance to succeed McGhee over the weekend.
An outsider with bookmakers last night, Ward's odds had this morning been cut to 1/5 on by Skybet.