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Clarke eyes immediate return

Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke has set his sights on taking the club back into the Football League at the first time of asking.

The former Pirates assistant manager replaced John Ward at the helm at the end of March but could not prevent the club from being relegated.

Clarke, 36, knows he has a difficult job to do but is determined to steer his side to promotion next season.

He told the club's official website: "We want to be getting promotion in the first year, it's as simple as that.

"It is not going to be easy, I know what that league is all about and it is going to be difficult, but that is our aim.

"I have sat down with the board, I have let them know where I want to go with it. I believe I am the right man for the job. I know what this league is about.

"I will be judged on results when I have got my own squad together, and I believe the fans will give me a fair crack of the whip.

"I am distraught for everyone at the football club, and all the supporters.

"I am very angry inside and very frustrated, but I also have a determination to want to put it right next season and build a squad that I want, that will represent the shirt in a positive manner."