Ex-Doncaster gaffer Sean O’Driscoll is already emerging as the strong favourite to replace sacked Bristol City boss Keith Millen. Millen was given his P45 yesterday with City marooned at the foot of the Championship after six games. Though the club have hinted they are prepared to wait until next summer before installing his successor – drafting in a caretaker boss in the interim, possibly David James in a player-manager role – it is believed their dream appointment, Alan Curbishley, has already made it discreetly known that he isn’t interested in the vancancy.

That leaves three leading contenders – David Jones, Mark Robbins and O’Driscoll – with the latter crucially getting the fans’ vote at this early stage. The quiet Irishman performed wonders at Doncaster and got them playing some wonderfully attractive football. He is used to the demands of the Championship and would surely welcome a swift return there to prove his former employers wrong.