Rovers axe falls on Ward
Bristol Rovers have confirmed that John Ward has been sacked as the club's director of football.
Ward, who had previously been the club's first-team manager since December 2012, had only been in the role for two months but the Rovers board responded to Saturday's relegation to the Conference by removing a position that is "no longer viable".
"Due to the situation we find ourselves in, it is no longer economically viable to have a fist team manager and a director of football," chairman Nick Higgs told the club's official website.
"We would like to thank John for his services, but now is the time to be making these changes."
Ward first took charge of the Pirates between 1993 and 1996 and returned 18 months ago and helped keep Rovers in League Two. His decision to move upstairs in March saw Darrell Clarke take charge and they suffered relegation on the final day.