JOHN WARD is set to be named as the new manager of Bristol Rovers today after turning down the chance to become Plymouth Argyle's director of football.
Rovers made their move for the 61-year-old, who was previously their boss between 1993 and 1996, after sacking Mark McGhee on Saturday.
Ward had been expected to be unveiled by the Pilgrims, possibly as early as today, after verbally agreeing last week to become their director of football.
That all changed, though, after McGhee was fired by Rovers, who are 23rd in League Two, following a 4-1 defeat at York City on Saturday.
Argyle remain committed to appointing a director of football 'as quickly as possible' and have insisted it is a 'key role' at the club.
They have never officially confirmed they wanted Ward but multiple sources told Herald Sport he was their chosen candidate.
A statement issued by the Pilgrims this morning read: "We had planned to appoint a director of football this week.
"Following a detailed interview process involving more than 20 high-quality applicants, we offered the position to someone.
"However, that person is now looking at another appointment so we have decided to look elsewhere.
"We continue to believe in the merits of appointing a director of football and our aim remains to complete the process as quickly as possible.
"However, this is a key role for the club and we will not hurry into a potentially poor appointment."
Bristol Rovers have called a Press conference for 4pm this afternoon where Ward is expected to be confirmed as their new manager.
He has been out of work since his sacking as the boss of League One outfit Colchester United in September.