Kevan Broadhurst

Bristol Rovers appointed Kevan Broadhurst and Russell Osman as joint caretaker managers until the end of the season on Monday 22nd March 2004 following the departure of Ray Graydon. But the two men were only in charge for just over a month as Ian Atkins was appointed to the post on April 26th.

It was Kevan's second managerial post, his first coming with Northampton Town, where he was sacked on January 6, 2003, with The Cobblers lying 15th in Division Two.

Kevan had been appointed as manager on October 25 2001, less than a month after Kevin Wilson's dismissal.

It was his first, and to date only full-time managerial appointment, though he had previously been in temporary charge of the club following Ian Atkins' departure in 1999.

Kevan was born in Dewsbury in West Yorkshire in 1959. At the age of 16 he started out at Birmingham City as an apprentice before signing for the club and playing 163 games in an 8-year career as a defender at St. Andrews.

His career was tragically cut short when he was badly injured in a derby game between Birmingham and their arch rivals Aston Villa. Despite recovering from the injury, he could not continue as a professional and his career ended while in his mid-20s, something regarded by Blues fans as a tragic waste of a young talent.

When he moved into coaching, Kevan took joint charge of Northampton with Kevin Wilson. He was named as Wilson's assistant when the former Chelsea player was named as the full-time manager at the end of October 1999 before eventually succeeding him at the helm.

Osman and Broadhurst helped to steer Rovers out of danger, but their long-term futures at the club always looked far from certain. Despite taking 10 points from a possible fifteen in their first five games in charge, the pair moved over in order for Ian Atkins to take the reins at the end of the season.

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