DEAN Saunders is convinced he is the man to turn around Doncaster Rovers fortunes despite failing to keep the club in the Championship.
A controversial 4-3 home defeat to Portsmouth condemned Rovers to relegation from the second tier of English football for the first time since 1958.
Nonetheless, Saunders is confident he can spearhead a revival.
The Welshman, who takes his beleaguered squad to top six aspirants Middlesbrough tonight aiming to halt a run of 10 matches without a win, said: “There are all sorts of things wrong with the club that I can put right and need to put right to get the club running from top to bottom.
“I want everyone at the club to put a shift in. If you don’t do it from the bottom up, it spreads right throughout the camp and eventually you get a sloppy and lazy team.
“Everybody plays their part from cleaners to players and I’ve got to get it right for the team to run properly for four or five years.
“It would have been unbelievable to have stayed up,” he admitted. “I have tried my best to do things right by the club over the last six months. I have put my neck on the line. I took the job knowing that they were in a relegation battle but I felt it was such a great club and great situation that if I could keep them up it would be brilliant and if not I know I can rebuild the club again. I know I can get a winning team on the pitch.”
Youngster James Husband could make his debut.