Doncaster Rovers: David Blunt declines offer to become new chairman

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“Ace negotiator” David Blunt has turned down the opportunity to become the new chairman of Doncaster Rovers.

The majority shareholder, who played a leading role in negotiations with Sequentia Capital, rejected an offer from Terry Bramall to fill the vacancy left by John Ryan, it has been revealed.

“Subsequent to us turning down Sequentia Capital as suitable acquirors of Doncaster Rovers, I requested that David become chairman of Doncaster Rovers and he flatly turned me down,” Bramall said at this week’s ‘Meet The Owners’ evening.

“So if that’s not a statement of his ambitions, I don’t know what is.

“He doesn’t want to be chairman of Doncaster Rovers. But he would have done it to facilitate the sale on behalf of himself, Dick [Watson] and myself.

“When Dick, David and I worked at Keepmoat, David was our ace negotiator and acted on behalf of Dick and myself,” added Bramall.

“So we’ve always had full confidence in him to look after our interests, which is why we nominated David to go and speak with Sequentia Capital.

“During those negotiations Sequentia actually told David that they didn’t want John Ryan. There’s a witness to that here on the top table.

“David said ‘if it helps you I will stand in as chairman for an interim time’. That’s when chairmanship was mentioned.”

Blunt owns the fourth largest stake in the club at around nine per cent. He is the former chief executive of construction firm Keepmoat, for whom Bramall and Watson were both former major shareholders.