Marcus Stewart named Bristol Rovers assistant manager

Bristol Rovers have named former striker Marcus Stewart as their new assistant manager.

Stewart returned to the Memorial Stadium two years ago to work as development coach under former director of football John Ward.

But the ex-Rovers, Huddersfield and Sunderland forward will now assist boss Darrell Clarke on a daily basis.

"I'm very pleased and proud to be given the opportunity," the 41-year-old told the club website. 

"I'm excited by the challenge of this role and want to do my best for this football club."

Bristol Rovers' summer signings

  • Jamie White - Salisbury winger
  • Matty Taylor - Forest Green forward
  • Jake Gosling - former Exeter winger
  • Lee Mansell - Torquay midfielder
  • Stuart Sinclair - Salisbury midfielder

Meanwhile, Clarke has said he will aim to bring in four more players this summer, as they prepare for their first season in non-league.

Rovers have already signed Salisbury duo Jamie White and Stuart Sinclair, as well as Forest Green's Matty Taylor, former Exeter winger Jake Gosling and Lee Mansell from Torquay.

However, they have lost winger Alefe Santos to Derby, while Alan Gow will not take up the option of a permanent contract following Rovers' relegation from the Football League.

"I'm short of four players if I'm being honest," Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol. "They have to be the right players but at the right price as well.

"Finances come into play. We're not going to be spending silly money on players - we're not in a situation to do that.

"But I've got the loan market, where I can pick up one or two if needs be. We'll see how things develop."