Doncaster Rovers: Decision likely on new chairman

David Blunt is expected to be voted in as the new chairman of Doncaster Rovers.
David Blunt is expected to be voted in as the new chairman of Doncaster Rovers.
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The successor to John Ryan as Rovers chairman is expected to be crowned today as the club’s board meet for the first time since his resignation.

Today’s gathering was planned as a standard board meeting with the date agreed some time before Ryan’s departure.

But talk of his decision and its impact will play a major part in discussions, particularly with the 63-year-old also choosing to quit as a director.

Hands on major shareholder David Blunt is widely tipped to be named as the new chairman.

Blunt owns the fourth largest stake in the club at around nine per cent.

He is a long time associate of Terry Bramall and Dick Watson, having been the chief executive of construction firm Keepmoat, for whom the pair were both former major shareholders.

Bramall has said he will not actively pursue the chairmanship while ill health will likely see Watson shy away from the role.

Bramall said last week he felt there was no urgency required in the process to appoint Ryan’s successor.

It was top candidate Blunt who met with representatives from Sequentia Capital on behalf of Bramall and Watson a fortnight ago to discuss revised terms for the takeover of Rovers.

The meeting directly influenced Ryan’s resignation as he alleged it was held ‘behind his back.’