Profile: new Bristol City head coach Sean O'Driscoll
Sean O'Driscoll has been confirmed as the new head coach of Bristol City.
The former Nottingham Forest boss, who was in the job for less than six months, has agreed a 12-month rolling contract with City.
O'Driscoll, 55, enjoyed a successful playing career before moving into management. He played as a midfielder for Fulham between 1979 and 1984, during which time he made 148 appearances.
In 1984 he signed with Bournemouth, where he would see out the rest of his playing days. He became part of the club’s furniture, making more than 400 appearances before being appointed manager in August 2000.
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The former Republic of Ireland international managed the Cherries for six years, during which time he took them took into League One.
According to a BBC feature on O'Driscoll, published on the eve of his exit from Bournemouth: “In his role as [Bournemouth] manager he presided over some of the most successful times the club has experienced.
“O'Driscoll's positive approach [was] rubbing off wonderfully as crowds flocked to Dean Court to see an exciting young team emerging.”
In 2002 Chairman Peter Phillips gave Sean O'Driscoll and Peter Grant six matches to turn things around after a poor start to the new season in Division Three. The Cherries were relegated from Division Two the season previous.
Phillips told Bournemouth's club website: "I want to emphasise that in every other way, Sean is doing an outstanding job for this club. He is an excellent coach, extremely dedicated and hard working.
"However, professional football is a harsh business and like all managers, Sean knows that he is judged on results. Results are poor and time is running out."
In 2006, after 22 years at Dean Court, O'Driscoll left the club to become manager at Doncaster Rovers.
The following year he won the League One manager of the month for January, and steered Doncaster to promotion into the Championship.
In January 2010 O'Driscoll spoke publicly of how he could never have abandoned his principles by leaving the club when Burnley expressed an interest. He was given permission to speak to the club, and was said to be the favourite for the job.
However, the two clubs were unable to agree a compensation package. O'Driscoll told Sky Sports: "One of my options was to walk, but I made it very clear from day one that that was one of the things I wasn't prepared to do.
"You try and tell the players to do the right things and I don't think walking out on anything is the right thing to do.
"I don't think I could ever be labelled a hypocrite. I stick to my principles and try and work as hard as I can to make those things successful."
By 2011 Doncaster Rovers were struggling, and in September, with the club bottom of the table with only one point from seven matches, O'Driscoll was relieved of his duties.
In December he began advising Plymouth Argyle manager Carl Fletcher, who he had coached as a youngster at Dean Court.
In the months that followed O'Driscoll was linked with a number of clubs. In January 2012 reports suggested he was in line to be named the new Bristol Rovers manager.
But later that month O'Driscoll joined the Nottingham Forest coaching set-up, being appointed first-team coach.
Then-manager Steve Cotterill said: “I've no doubts he will be a great addition to my backroom team."
His solid performance prompted Cotterill to speak publicly about his desire to persuade O'Driscoll to remain part of the coaching team at the City Ground.
But O'Driscoll returned to management in May, taking the helm at Crawley Town.
Reds chief executive Alan Williams told BBC Sport at the time: “We are 100 per cent convinced that we have made the perfect appointment.
“Sean brings with him a wealth of experience and a track record of success which matches the ambition of this football club.”
But O'Driscoll left Crawley Town in July after failing to take charge of a competitive game. He was appointed manager of Nottingham Forest shortly afterwards.
O'Driscoll was sacked by Forest on Boxing Day 2012 after five months in the job. The decision to relieve him of his duties came hours after a 4-2 Championship win against Leeds.
Chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi said: "We cannot speak highly enough of Sean as a man. He was appointed at an extremely difficult time for the Club and can count himself unlucky to have lost his job with the team just one point away from the top six.
"But we have a responsibility to look to the future for this great club because we have huge ambitions for it."