Rovers are set to appoint their new head of Academy coaching following the departure of Tony Carss.

Jordan McCann is set to take-over the position within Rovers’ Academy structure next week having announced his departure from Lincoln City.

He has been with the Imps for three-and-a-half years, and has previously performed the role during his time with Luton Town where he spent nine years before his move to Lincoln.

The position has been vacant since Carss, appointed to the role in 2017, opted to take up the Under-21s managerial role at Aston Villa.

McCann will work alongside Rovers’ head of Academy Stuart Jones who previously worked in that role prior to his promotion in 2017 following the departure of Eric Kinder.

Rovers were this summer handed a three-year extension to their Category One licence following a successful audit.

McCann has been replaced in his role at Lincoln City by former Burnley Academy chief Jon Pepper.

Meanwhile, Mike Sheron is seeing positive signs from his Under-21s side as they look to recover from a slow start to the season.

Rovers made it a hat-trick of wins with a comprehensive 6-1 win over Manchester United last weekend which moved them out of the Premier League 2 relegation places.

They travel to Manchester City tomorrow looking to continue their improvement, having lost their opening six matches of the campaign.

Striker Harry Leonard has been key to the upturn in fortunes, with seven goals in his last four games, and Sheron hopes confidence is returning across his squad.

He said: “I felt we were doing a lot of good things and not getting the rewards and we lost six on the bounce at the start

“We’re doing a lot of things right and we will get our rewards, Harry Leonard’s been the biggest example of that, being consistent, being around the first-team in the last three or four months.

“He didn’t score in the first couple of games but he’s scored seven in his last four games. We’ve got a lot of positives to take, we’ve been competitive and have shown some good development.

“There was a lack of confidence at the start of the season but it does happen.

“The only way to get out of those blips is by working hard and doing things well.

“We’re doing that and it’s been great to see in recent games.”