Rovers put up for sale by owners

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Bristol Rovers have been put up for sale after the Third Division club's majority shareholders said they could not justify "overheads of a top Second Division club".

Ron Craig and Geoff Dunford said last year they wanted to sell, but have now officially put the club on the market. Rovers made a good start to the season under new manager Gerry Francis but injuries to key players have seen them slide down the table and fail to score in four games.

Craig and Dunford said in a statement: "We still have the overheads of a top Second Division club, yet we are not justifying that cost on the field. We have re-invested all transfer income back in the club. Many of the players bought have under-performed and some have left at a fraction of the purchase price paid.''