James Coppinger has paid tribute to Paul Dickov and said ‘any less of a man’ would have walked away by now.
Coppinger’s Rovers career is over and he is searching for a new club.
But the 33-year-old, although disappointed not to see out his career at Doncaster, was keen to praise the way Dickov handled negotiations since his contract expired on June 30 - a period of time which saw a second successive summer takeover collapse.
Coppinger says many other managers would have quit the club in light of matters off the field - but says walking away is not in Dickov’s make-up.
“I think anyone with less character would have left before now,” Coppinger said.
“He’s had a lot to put up with - stuff that’s totally out of his control. But he hasn’t grumbled about anything and he’s just got on with managing the football club.
“He’s a fantastic manager and he’s been first class with me,” he added.
“He’s been honest and up front with me from the start. I couldn’t have asked for any more from him really.
“The manager’s got a good group of lads and we’ve had a good pre-season. It’s just a shame I won’t be part of it.
“But I wish Paul all the best. He’s a great guy.”
Coppinger is thought to be on Barnsley’s radar. Tykes boss Danny Wilson yesterday refused to comment.
Rovers host Sheffield Wednesday in their penultimate pre-season friendly tomorrow (3pm KO).