Mark O'Connor joins Bristol City as Under-21 manager
Bristol City have appointed Mark O'Connor as their Under-21 manager.
The former midfielder played alongside City head coach Sean O'Driscoll during their time at Bournemouth.
The 50-year-old has spent much of his coaching career working alongside Tony Pulis during his managerial spells at Gillingham, Portsmouth, Plymouth Argyle and, most recently, Stoke.
Bristol City's backroom staff
- Sean O'Driscoll - head coach
- John Pemberton - assistant head coach
- Keith Burt - director of football
- Mark O'Connor - Under-21 manager
- Brian Tinnion - director of youth recruitment
- Lee Kendall - goalkeeping coach
O'Connor took charge of his first game on Monday against Bath City, which finished 1-1.
"I'm looking forward to the challenge," said O'Connor.
"The main thing for me was to be back in work and it's a great opportunity - one I plan to grab with both hands.
"I played with Sean at Bournemouth for many years and I had great respect for him as a player. We've kept in touch ever since and I was delighted when he asked if I'd be interested in working with him.
"Sean spoke a lot about investing in youth and wanting close links between the youngsters and the first team, which was obviously very pleasing to hear."