O'Driscoll replaces McInnes as Bristol City boss after snubbing Championship rivals Blackpool
10:17 GMT, 14 January 2013
19:04 GMT, 14 January 2013
Sean O’Driscoll has been confirmed as manager of Bristol City after choosing them ahead of fellow Championship club Blackpool.
The former Nottingham Forest manager, who turned down Barnsley because he felt the job was not right for him, was ready to succeed Michael Appleton at Bloomfield Road.
But a late sales pitch from the Bristol City board has steered him towards Ashton Gate in a shock development that should be confirmed in the next day.
Checking in: Bristol City have named Sean O'Driscoll as head coach on a rolling 12 month contract
Derek McInnes was sacked in the wake of Saturday’s 4-0 home defeat by Leicester and City moved swiftly, after earmarking O’Driscoll but sensing he was about to accept Blackpool’s offer.
O’Driscoll, 55, harshly sacked by Forest earlier this season, was won over after being assured by Ashton Gate chiefs that he could do the job on his terms, even if the likely scenario of relegation to League One becomes a reality.
O'Driscoll said: 'Sometimes you have to go with your gut instinct. It just feels right.
'I think it needs a concerted effort from everyone (to stay up) and I'll get all the credit or blame, but everyone needs to be moving in the same direction.
'We need to hit the ground running and in this topsy-turvy Championship, anything is possible.
we put a run together we can soon be in a different position in the
league. Everyone I have spoken to is confident we have the ability in
the squad to achieve that.
'I like the way the club is being developed. This has always been a well-run football club and that is never going to change.'
Looking down: Derek McInnes was sacked following a 4-0 defeat by Leicester
He continued: 'I know most of the players from playing against them or seeing them play so I have an opinion of the players as they will have an opinion of me.
'But what is most important in football is the character of the team and I don't know that. I have got to create a little bit of trust quickly.
'My message to the players will be “show me what you can do.” That doesn't always mean how many goals, how many times you can keep the ball up or how clever you can be. It is more the attitude you show when things don't go your way.
'This is a great opportunity for the players to show me when it hasn't gone their way that they are up for the fight. We've got to do it together.'
John Lansdown, the Robins' football managing director, added: 'Sean has got a really good record at clubs and a record of being there for the long term and we appointed Sean because we believe he has the ability to keep us up this season.
'We are looking forward to working with him for a long time.'