Brian Tinnion
BRIAN
TINNION

Brian Tinnion was named as the player-manager of Bristol City on June 5th 2004, shortly after Danny Wilson's dismissal at Ashton Gate.

The veteran midfielder - then 36 - who had been at the club for 11 years, signed a three-year contract as the board turned to him to take The Robins forward following two seasons of narrowly missing out on promotion in Division Two.

Although Brian had no managerial experience at the time of his appointment, he has been helping to coach the the academy team at the club, and Bristol City chairman Steve Lansdown told the club's official website: "I have known Brian a long time. I always felt he had the ability to make a good football manager and I am delighted to give him the chance to do so at Bristol City. He has a vast knowledge of the club, from top to bottom, and this is a great opportunity for him to take us forward."

Former skipper Keith Millen was named as Brian's assistant, with the boss hinting that he would continue playing for one more year before hanging up his boots.

The Newcastle-born midfielder, whose career began as an apprentice with his hometown club, admitted it was a "chance of a lifetime" to be taking charge of Bristol City, having enjoyed over a decade at the club following his move from Bradford in 1993.

"This job is a chance of a lifetime for me and I'm not going to worry about about it, I'll just get on and enjoy it," he told the club's official website.

"It is a massive challenge as this club is big part of my life but I have every faith in myself to become a successful manager. I've been in the game 20 years now and I will stand and fall doing things my way.

"I will play the type of football I want to play, get the players to enjoy it and give something for the fans to get behind. I hope the fans support me as I want this club to be successful as badly as they do and I will be putting in plenty of hard work in to make sure that happens."

The new boss also refuted any suggestions that his lack of experience would count against him as he took on his first managerial role, citing the success of his predecessor as an inspiration. He said: "When Danny (Wilson) started off as player-manager at Barnsley he took them to the Premiership - so I don't think he started off too badly!

"Danny has already rung me to wish me good luck. What happened to him was totally out of my hands and I am just grateful to be given the opportunity of taking this club forward."

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