Bristol Rovers have confirmed former Rotherham United manager Matt Taylor as Joey Barton's successor in the hotseat.

Barton was dismissed last month with the Pirates in the bottom half of League One, with his assistant Andy Mangan stepping up as interim.

This included a 1-1 draw with Reading at the SCL Stadium, in which former Royal Chris Martin scored for the 'Gas.'

Taylor led Exeter City to promotion from League Two before joining Championship side Rotherham.

Keeping the Millers in the second tier last season, he was sacked last month after a poor run of results.

Rovers Chairman Hussain Al-Saeed said: "We are delighted today to announce the appointment of Matt Taylor as our First Team Manager. We would like to thank our fans for being patient with us throughout this thorough process whilst we identified the correct person to lead us in this new era for Bristol Rovers. Matt shared our visions of growing the club and has bought into our project. I am sure you will all join me in welcoming Matt to the club and wishing him every success."

"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Andy Mangan for all of his efforts during his time as Interim Manager. We are confident that he will go on to have a successful career as a football manager and he will always be welcome here."

He is the sixth new managerial appointment this season, with Cambridge United now the only side without a boss following the sacking of Mark Bonner yesterday.