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."