Doncaster Rovers: ‘Health first’ for Dick Watson

Dick Watson (foreground), pictured alongside John Ryan and chief executive Gavin Baldwin.
Dick Watson (foreground), pictured alongside John Ryan and chief executive Gavin Baldwin.
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Majority shareholder Dick Watson has been urged by his family to put his health before Doncaster Rovers, The Star understands.

Acquiring Watson and Terry Bramall’s combined 46 per cent stake in the club is paramount to John Ryan and Louis Tomlinson’s takeover bid.

Watson underwent heart surgery last month and is thought to be making a steady recovery.

Rovers immediately reported that the surgery went well, without any complications, and passed the club’s best wishes on to their former vice chairman, his wife Marion and family via the club’s official website.

The Scot will, in all likelihood, let his fellow majority shareholder and construction ally Bramall take the lead when it comes to negotiations and decision-making.

The Star understands that a final decision on Ryan and Tomlinson’s proposal could be imminent.

Rovers have stated they want a “swift resolution” to the latest chapter in the club’s takeover saga, in order to give boss Paul Dickov the best opportunity possible to plan, prepare and recruit for next season’s League One promotion assault.

Ryan and Tomlinson’s approach to buy Rovers became public knowledge last Friday.

But it was during the 22-year-old’s recent week off from One Direction’s world tour, which resumed last week, when the pair finalised their bid.