John on his first game in charge
John Ward knows that he has to hit the ground running going into Saturday’s game against Rotherham.
John joined Rovers for his second spell as manager on Monday, and he knows that he does not have much time to change things around.
But it is an opportunity that the new boss is relishing.
He said: “I am enjoying it; I have been out of it for two or three months, and you miss the day to day side of it. It has been hectic, but it has been good.
“I have met a lot of good people around the football club, some I knew from years ago, and some I have met for the first time.
“But most importantly I have had a chance to meet the players and get to know them a little bit, and now we are getting down to the nitty gritty come this weekend, this is the bit that matters the most.
“I am back at a place I know a little bit about with a real cause, we have got to try and protect and look after the club.
“It is a responsibility, but it is also an opportunity, and that is the way we have to look at it.”
The manager has only just met his players, but his aim is to get everyone around the club pulling together.
“I like football, I like getting my boots on, and if I can get a group of players with the same enthusiasm that I am coming back into the game with, then we have a good chance.”
“What the players want to do above all else is to get winning again, that is the key for Saturday.
“It is a tough game, as they a very good opponent, but if we can get these players to work as hard as they possibly can and get the crowd behind us, then who knows, we could get those three points.
“They are here because they are good players, you don’t become a bad manager, a bad player or a bad supporter overnight.
“The one thing that bonds us all together is that we are working hard to keep Bristol Rovers in the Football League.”
And the manager is taking advice from those around him.
“I have to take advice. I have Marcus Stewart and Shaun North working alongside me and they both saw Rotherham play on Tuesday.
“Everyone is pulling their weight to try and do those things and we are looking at getting things right as quickly as we can because I have no time to build. It is important to hit the ground running.
“There is a big part to play for supporters and players alike, but can make this a really difficult place for Rotherham to come on Saturday.
“They are a good side with good players, but at the same time they could come and have a bad day, and we could have a good day and we could beat them.”
And in team news, Cian Bolger is in contention for a place in the team on Saturday.
John said: “Cian Bolger is back around the group and we have Tom Parkes fit and well after taking a knock in the week.
“The good thing is we are getting people back out there who want to play and want to be involved. Cian has worked his socks off this week to be there on Saturday, and that is what the supporters want to see.”