Rovers: Ryan in combative mood

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No one bangs the drum quite like John Ryan, writes Paul Goodwin.

In difficult times, the chairman will always find a positive. He’ll shout about Rovers from the rooftops, to anyone that’s listening.

So it was no surprise at all to find Ryan in combative mood at Wednesday’s ‘Meet the Owners’ press conference.

There’s no disguising this summer has been a difficult one for Doncaster.

It has not gone to plan.

As soon as talks stalled with Irish consortium Sequentia Capital about a possible takeover, about a month ago, Paul Dickov’s squad rebuilding was placed on hold and was the forerunner for this week’s last minute trolley dash for a goalkeeper, centre half and left back.

Preparation has been far from ideal.

But, typically, Ryan was keen to downplay those behind the scenes hiccups which have sidelined ambitious plans to bring Billy Sharp and Richie Wellens back to the Keepmoat, along with a host of other Premier League shadow players.

Ryan could barely hide his disappointment on Wednesday. He instigated the talks with Sequentia. He has made it his mission to get more investment into Rovers.

For whatever reason the deal with Sequentia is on the backburner - but Ryan was still keen to paint a positive picture three days before the big kick-off.

He waxed lyrical about the signings of Harry Forrester, Bongani Khumalo and Ross Turnbull.

He re-emphasized his belief that Doncaster can ruffle a few feathers in the Championship.

And, as per usual, he called on the people of Doncaster to get behind their team.

Rovers will need all the support they can get this season. Fourth from bottom, in my humble opinion, would be a good season.

They could do with getting off to a decent start too, to quell some of the doubt and uncertainty among fans which Wednesday night’s PR event was clearly intended to address.

After a summer of speculation, smoke and mirrors, it’s almost come as a huge relief that there’s football to talk about again this weekend, even though the early start has done Rovers few favours.