‘Lifting’ job for new boss

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DEAN Saunders has to invigorate Doncaster Rovers and give the players a lift.

That was the message from chairman John Ryan after Sean O’Driscoll was relieved of the manager’s job.

Saunders - whose illustrious playing career included a season at Sheffield United in 1997/98 - has been in charge for three years at Wrexham, second in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

It represents an about-turn by Ryan who earlier in the week had giving his backing to O’Driscoll - a candidate for the Blades job last season.

“I have always supported the manager and did so again this week but I considered the situation again, and just felt it was the right time for a change,” said Ryan.

“The club needed invigorating. It was a very difficult decision.”

Ryan met Saunders late on Thursday night, attempts to contact O’Driscoll having gone unanswered, and he agreed to take the job on a three-year contract.

“He has an infectious personality and I was bowled over by his enthusiasm,” said Ryan.

“I was fed up driving back from various parts of the country having lost again and I think it was getting to Sean as well.”

Rovers have taken just a point from their first seven games.

Saunders, aged 47, said: “I’m grateful for the chance to get the club heading in the right direction.”

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