Leroy Rosenior: A quiet man who can be a revolutionary figure at Bristol City
SEAN O'Driscoll is somebody I know very well, so there is nobody more pleased than me that he has been given the chance to take Bristol City on following the departure of Derek McInnes over the weekend.
Some people might argue that this decision has been made a number of weeks too late, but credit to the board for acting so quickly to appoint a man, who, I think is the perfect fit for a club looking to change their philosophy, once it was clear that Derek's time was up.
Majority shareholder Steve Lansdown last week explained the changing nature of City's players recruitment policy in what I took to be a small part of a wider desire to rebuild the club from bottom up. There is no better man, then, to be in charge of football matters in this sort of environment than Sean.
Of course, the short-term target is to try and keep City in the Championship, but there is definitely a long-term feel about Sean's arrival.
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He's a man who has his vision of how things should be done and the sort that will leave a good foundation from which the club will prosper long after he has gone.
Some might say Sean is a bit of an uninspiring appointment because of the way he comes across in interviews and stuff like that, but he has always been a man of few words. A doer rather than a talker.
He was one of the senior players when I was a kid at Fulham; a hard-working midfielder, who led by example and was keener to let his feet rather than his mouth do the talking. As is the banter in the changing room, Sean's understated nature led to him being nicknamed 'Noisy'. I think that says it all.
It's a demeanour Sean has maintained during what has been a long and successful career in management but, perhaps, one of the things that has held him back from managing at the highest level.
I remember being up at Doncaster just after they had been promoted to the Championship following a season where Sean had got them playing some fantastic football and I was keen to know why he hadn't been looked at by some bigger clubs.
"Leroy," Sean said. "Very rarely does the local greengrocer get asked to manage at Tesco superstore."
No sharp suits. No promises. No bullish words from a man that prefers to go about his business quietly and to be judged solely on his ability to do the job – and what a job he has done at both Bournemouth and Doncaster. I think some of Bournemouth's success in recent times is a result of the legacy Sean left after being there for 20 years in various roles.
During the six years he spent as manager, he pretty much built that club from the bottom to top and my first experience of how he likes to be very hands-on came when I was in charge at Torquay and I called him to enquire about a player. I couldn't hear a word he was saying because there was all this noise in the background: "I'll call you back," he said.
When he did I asked what was going on over there and what all the hullabaloo was about.
"Sorry Leroy," he said. "I was on the lawnmower cutting the pitch before the game Saturday." I couldn't believe it! That's Sean all over, though, hard-working and dedicated.
He'll need all of that hard work and dedication to achieve the short-term goal of keeping City in the Championship this season.
It's a tough ask, there's no doubt about that, simply because time is not on City's side.
Having said that, however, I don't think it is any coincidence that Nottingham Forest started to turn their season around when Sean was brought on board as a coach last year.
He's more than capable of keeping them up in my mind and you'd at least expect City to experience the same bump in immediate results as Bristol Rovers have following the recent appointment of John Ward.
What a result for Rovers at Fleetwood on Saturday, by the way! Who saw that one coming?
I watched the highlights and have read a few reports that described a scintillating display from a squad of players that was so depleted that John was unable to fill the bench.
It was a massive result for the players because they will now believe that they can go anywhere and get a victory if they are fully on top of their game.
It was an important result also because a lot of the other teams down at the wrong-end of League Two seem to be getting their acts together.
With tough games to come throughout January, it is imperative that Rovers pick up points where they can – that they got three at Fleetwood is a real bonus considering the circumstances.
Another tough game awaits them tomorrow when Exeter – a side that seem to be more comfortable on their travels than at home this season – arrive at the Memorial Stadium.
Hopes will be high after last weekend's result, but it was interesting to hear John play down his players' achievements in the aftermath of the Fleetwood result by sounding out a warning that it was unrealistic for his young side to perform to that level every week.
Inconsistency is always a concern when you are dealing with young players, so John will probably revert to the more experienced members of his squad like David Clarkson if they are available after injury.
It will be tough for John to tell any of those players that they are back on the bench after what happened last weekend, but those are the tough decisions a manager has to make. What John does now know, however, is that those youngsters are more than capable of doing a job for him if needed as Rovers continue their battle against the drop between now and the end of the season.