Sam’s Section: Deeney’s reign begins in Rovers’ final home game of the year


A new era begins at Forest Green Rovers as ex-Premier League man, Troy Deeney takes charge of his first game on Friday night against Gillingham.

Following Tuesday nights FA Cup second round defeat to Blackpool and the club sitting 23rd in League Two, manager David Horseman and assistant Louis Carey departed the club.

Having acted as a player-coach all season, Deeney was promoted to Head Coach and will start his reign in front of a home crowd in Friday night’s League Two clash with Gillingham.  

Rovers were defeated 3-0 at Bloomfield Road thanks to goals from Owen Dale, Jordan Gabriel, and Marvin Ekpiteta.

Along with this result, Rovers had been finding hard to grab anything this season only winning one of their last seven.

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Rovers also haven’t won in League Two since October 28 when they beat Crawley Town 2-1 at The New Lawn.

And to make matters worse, Rovers have failed to find the net in seven of their last 10 matches which had started to raise concerns.

But Rovers and Deeney will be hoping Friday night is a fresh restart for the club as they try to turn their fortunes around.

As well as Friday, Deeney has a busy opening stint as Rovers also travel to Newport County on Boxing Day and Swindon Town on 29th December in League Two.

Will the Rovers fans get behind Deeney and the team? Will Deeney get Rovers back to winning ways?

This will all be revealed when Forest Green welcome Gillingham to The New Lawn for their League Two clash on Friday night with kick-off at 7pm.

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