Paul Dickov’s brief for 2014 is as straightforward as they come: Keep Doncaster Rovers in the Championship.
And whether Rovers achieve that objective by one point or one goal come May, survival in the second tier will be viewed as a major success behind the scenes at Rovers.
For while Dickov is bidding to keep the club’s head above water in a football sense, Doncaster’s owners will continue to do everything in their power to keep the club’s head above water in a financial sense too.
It’ll be touch and go whether that prudent policy can keep Doncaster in this division.
But if it does, and given everything that has gone on (and continues to rumble on) in the background, guiding Rovers to Championship safety would be some achievement for such a young, inexperienced manager whose appointment was met with a lukewarm response from supporters last summer.
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