Bristol Rovers manager Paul Tisdale: ‘We need more discipline and more structure’

Bristol Rovers manager Paul Tisdale says: “There are many things to sort out” amid Covid-19 restrictions and chaotic fixture pileups.

Tisdale was appointed on November 19th, following the sacking of Ben Garner and says the ongoing pandemic has caused multiple logistical issues for his side, claiming it’s a “complete mess”.

“I’ve been here for two weeks, I haven’t got an office yet, I haven’t got a changing room, we’ve got COVID restrictions”, the former Exeter City manager says.

“The players come in ready-dressed, we’re all over the place so logistically, it’s very difficult and every day’s a challenge, but I’m loving it.

“I’m looking across the board and thinking ‘I need to sort that out, I need to identify that’. We need more respect for our pitches, we need more respect for the club, we need more discipline and structure and it’s a complete mess, but again, I’m loving it.”

Tisdale won his first league game since taking over the reins at Rovers on Saturday, as they beat AFC Wimbledon 4-2 away from home to move out of the League One relegation zone.


The victory snapped a seven-game winless run and Tisdale says he’s impressed by his side’s attitude following a miserable run of form.

“I’m delighted with the team, I loved their mentality and I thanked them very much for their effort, which is a given, but they listened to me and they tried the things I asked them to do.

“It wasn’t all perfect, but we looked like a team. I’m loving what I’m doing, I’ve been here two weeks. The most important thing is we have purpose on the pitch. The rest of it, we can sort that out.”

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