DONCASTER Rovers won many friends with the quality of their football on their travels during their four years in the Championship,
But all that is set to change on their return to League One with manager Dean Saunders prepared to see his charges ‘win ugly’ on their travels.
Whilst Saunders says he wants to see Rovers playing attractive football that both he and the home supporters can enjoy watching at the Keepmoat Stadium, he has made it clear that entertaining away from home will be way down his list of priorities.
“When we go to places like Yeovil, and it’s raining, and when teams try to stop us playing football, we’ve got to cope with that and find a way around it,” he says.
“I will be telling the players next season that I don’t care how they do it but I want them to get back on the bus having secured a result.”
Saunders says he adopted a similar policy in his time at Wrexham and claims the type of committed players he hopes to bring in will fit in with his plans.”
Saunders defended his policy - some of it forced upon him by the need to cut his budget - of wanting to overhaul the squad of players that he inherited from Sean O’Driscoll and bring in some fresh blood.
He argued that players can sometimes get set in their ways when they have been at a club a long time, and not accept the need for change,
“I walked into a situation where the players actually thought that they worked hard,” he said. “I knew they didn’t but some thought I was wrong.
“There are also only so many times you can tell players something before it goes in one side and out the other.”
He also defended his slimed-down management structure.
“There were just three of us (running the club) at Wrexham so I know it is possible with not that many people if you work hard,” he said.
He also pointed out that chief executive Gavin Baldwin, who he was working with, had to cut the budget from £8m to £3m.
“He’s had to make some unpopular decisions,” said Saunders. “But it was down to him that we managed to sign Robbie Blake and David Cotterill because he persuaded the major shareholders to let me do the deals after being told that under no circumstances was I to sign anybody until somebody was sold.”
Although teenage left-back James Husband, who is set to be offered a new contract after breaking into the first team in the closing weeks of last season, will be part of Saunders’ squad next season, not so the other five former youth teamers signed on in recent weeks, who will go out on loan to Conference clubs.
Baldwin says the club have sold around 3,700 season tickets and they are hoping to get the figure up to 4,000 before the start of the season.
Supporters wishing to travel to any of the club’s first three friendlies should ring Paul on 07961 727769 before tonight to book their seats.