Paul Dickov is trying to create a team in his own image and deserves more time to try and achieve that.
That is the verdict of veteran Rovers reporter Peter Catt, who has covered the club for more than 40 years.
Dickov has struggled to win over sections of Doncaster’s support since he was appointed two years ago and last season’s 13th place finish in League One did little to silence the Scot’s doubters.
However, Catt feels Dickov has not had a fair crack of the whip due to two successive pre-seasons ruined by takeover talks and says the flak he has received from some fans has not been justified.
Catt, former sports editor of the Doncaster Free Press, also says he can see exactly what identity Dickov wants to stamp on his team.
“It was when the pressing was working well I suddenly realised that Paul Dickov was trying to create a team in his own image and in the way he played the game,” said Catt.
“He’s been described as a few things which aren’t too complimentary but are complimentary in the sense that he wasn’t an easy player to play against from a defender’s point of view.
“He worked his socks off as a player and he expects his players to do the same.
“He wants that right throughout the side.
“I think you could see that more in the second half of the season with how hard the strikers were working, Nathan Tyson in particular.”
Catt added: “I don’t think Paul Dickov’s had a fair crack of the whip so far.
“The two seasons he’s been here have both been blighted by takeover talks during the summer.
“He hasn’t know whether he’s going for Team A or Team B and by the time he’s found out half the players he wanted for Team B have disappeared.
“So let’s assess him from this point and see how he does next season and then I think we’ll find out what sort of manager he is.
“I like Paul Dickov but I don’t think we’ve found yet what sort of manager he is or how good he is, because he’s had those difficulties to deal with in both pre-seasons he’s been here.
“I don’t think the stick that he’s had has been justified.
“The fans’ expectations at Doncaster Rovers have risen unbelievably in recent years. At one time, when we were in the old Fourth Division, the fans didn’t have any expectations.
“I for one never really expected to see Doncaster in the Championship.”