DONCASTER Rovers’ director of football, Mickey Walker, is backing manager Dean Saunders to get the club firing on cylinders again next season.
“Dean came in at a difficult time of the season and it was agreed by all parties to bring in a different type of player to try and get us out of the situation that we were in,” said Walker. “Sadly, it didn’t quite happen, though we weren’t that far away.
“Like any manager or coach, Dean will want to work with the players he has inherited and wants to keep and the players he has brought in.
“He’ll do that and he’ll do that very well I’m sure and hopefully we’ll be successful - though I wouldn’t like to look into my crystal ball and make a prediction as to where we are going to finish because you never know what is going to happen in football.
“You can have the best players in the world but if they aren’t prepared to work hard then all their skill will get you nowhere.
“Fortunately, there is a good work ethic at the club because that is something Dean insists on.
“I’m glad to be back (after my recent health scare) and I’m really looking forward to next season.
“As usual, I’ll be supporting the manager and making sure that we’ are all singing off the same hymn sheet.
“There is a team on the pitch and one off it and collectively you want to be strong. We all want Doncaster Rovers to do well next season.”
He added: “It’s pretty quiet on the recruitment front at the moment though I can understand supporters wanting news about new signings or departures. A lot of the decisions about who will or who won’t be here next season depend on finance.
“We’ve been renowned for running a tight ship and that will continue; you can’t afford to let your heart rule your head because we’ve all seen what can happen to clubs who do that.
“Dean knows that he is going to have to work within a budget and that he will only be able to look at recruiting players that he can afford.
“As much as he would probably like to keep most of the contracted players it might be, as he has previously said, that isn’t possible. That is a matter for Dean and the board to decide.
“Even if some players do leave, hopefully we’ll still have a number of good players on the books and it will be Dean’s job to try and put together a competitive squad and he’ll get the full backing of the board and everyone else at the club.
“We’d like to think that it will be good enough to win automatic promotion next season. A few other clubs have bounced straight back in recent years and some of them have gone on to even bigger things.”