One former Rovers coach has replaced another at Oxford United as a third, Karl Robinson, fixed up his backroom team.

Rovers’ record appearance holder, Derek Fazackerley, announced earlier this week he would be stepping away from his role on the touchline to take another position at the League One side.

In his place, Oxford have announced former Rovers defender Short, who had a spell on the coaching staff at Ewood Park, as his replacement.

Short arrives from Derby County where he had been working with their Under-23s team.

Now 52, the defender played 146 times for Rovers between 1999 and 2005 and was back at the club in 2013 as first-team coaching working under Gary Bowyer. However, he lost his role after the departure of Bowyer in 2015 and subsequently joined the Rams.

Short had already been working with Oxford, while his brother Chris is head of sports science at the Kassam Stadium.

Robinson himself had a short spell at Rovers, working under Paul Ince in 2008, but is now gearing up for his third season at Oxford who will be looking to go one better and secure promotion in the Championship after defeat to Wycombe Wanderers in last month’s play-off final.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity,” Short told the club’s website.

“I am so glad that Derek Fazackerley is still around as well. I rang him and asked how he would feel if I came in and he immediately gave me his blessing. That was important to me but also typical of the way things are done here and how the club does the right thing.

“The next few days will give me a chance to work with everyone and build bonds that I am sure will help us have another really successful season.”