Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke said that he can see why his assistant manager has been linked to the Yeovil Town hotseat. The name of Marcus Stewart, who played for the club between 2006 and 2008 probably comes as little surprise, given that he has featured on a number of past bookies lists and was linked to the job back in 2009 at the time that Russell Slade left Huish Park, but of course nothing came of it, with Terry Skiverton being given his first spell in management shortly after that.
Stewart, who played for the club on 74 occasions, scoring 15 goals, has never held a front line management job, although did take on some coaching responsibilities at Exeter City during the final days of his playing career, before joining Rovers as a Development Coach in July 2012. He became the club's Assistant Manager in March 2014 on a temporary basis after Darrell Clarke took over as first team manager, with that position being made permanent in July 2014, and so has been Clarke's right hand man throughout his tenure as manager.
Clarke was asked yesterday evening about the fact that Stewart had been listed prominently by the bookies, albeit without any actual concrete information to back up that link, and he told BBC Somerset that he was aware of his Assistant's long term career ambitions:
"Marcus does have aspirations to become a manager. With Marcus, I understand why he's been linked with it, as it is his old club. I haven't had a conversation with him. I've got a really good backroom team in Marcus, Steve Yates and Stuart Naylor and we've got a good team. We've got a good physio in Paul Maxwell. But I don't really know how to comment on it. He does want to be a manager; I've no doubt."
Of course, Stewart's ambitions to become a first team manager in the long run doesn't necessarily mean that he is looking to head off to Huish Park to commence his frontline career. Stewart was part of the Rovers management team that gained promotion to the Football League last season, and they currently lie in 10th place in the League Two table.
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