Sean O'Driscoll eyes Andy Robinson link-up at Bristol City

Sean O'Driscoll and Andy Robinson

Bristol City boss Sean O'Driscoll believes former England and Scotland rugby union coach Andy Robinson can have an influence at the club.

The two coaches are connected by Steve Lansdown, who owns both Bristol City and Bristol Rugby - where Robinson was recently named on the backroom staff.

"We want to see if we can open his mind up to a few ideas," O'Driscoll told BBC Radio Bristol.

"Andy is a well-respected coach and that's a connection we want to make."

Robinson, a former Bath player and coach, started his role with Bristol this week, while O'Driscoll was appointed by City in January.

"I think it was a coup to get someone like Andy to Bristol," added O'Driscoll. "Hopefully we'll build a relationship that can blossom."

It was recently announced the rugby club, currently residing at the Memorial Stadium - home of Bristol Rovers - will be moving in with Bristol City, either at their proposed new stadium in Ashton Vale or a newly-redeveloped Ashton Gate.

The man behind the move is Guernsey-based businessman Lansdown, who is head of umbrella organisation Bristol Sport Ltd.

The 60-year-old multi-millionaire has already invested heavily in City and Bristol Rugby, and has recently given financial backing to Dino Zamparelli, a Bristol-based racing driver with Formula 1 ambitions.

Lansdown is known to have an active involvement at Bristol City, and was present at their 0-0 home draw with Brighton on Tuesday night.

O'Driscoll met Lansdown before the game and said: "Steve is a huge benefactor of the football club and for Bristol sport in general. If you can't share a hot drink with him, then you'd be foolish."

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