DONCASTER Rovers boss Dean Saunders - fresh from seeing his side move off the foot of the Championship with a 2-1 win at Peterborough - is giving Blackburn Rovers’ former France Under-21 international midfielder Herold Goulon a week’s trial.
Goulon joined The Premier League side 12 months ago on a two-year contract but has only played four first team games and has been told that he can speak to other clubs.
“He played in the Reserve game last week and he’s coming in for a week’s training today,” said Saunders. “Blackburn have given him permission to come and train with us and and if I think that he is better than what we’ve got I’ll try and do something about it.
“In the situation we are in we’ve got to try and persuade players that if they play for Doncaster that they are in the shop window. If they want to play in the Premiership it’s no use not playing wherever they are they may as well come and play for us and if we are lucky they might stay.
“We haven’t got a lot of money so these players sometimes will come in, not thinking about money, but just the chance to play and maybe move on,
“We are in desperate trouble at the bottom of the league and if I can get them in and we can get out of the trouble we are in, and then they move on, that’s all I’m concerned about; not getting relegated.
“We were bottom of the league for a reason and I’ve been brought in to try and change it. The club’s record before I came speaks for itself so something’s not right. So if I keep on going the same way and doing the same things then obviously I’m going to get it (the sack) in the end.
“I have to do something about it and sometimes you have to be a bit ruthless.
“I’m trying to get the best players we can into the club and persuade them to come and play for us. When you speak to a player and you are at the bottom a few of them will think ‘I’m not getting involved in that’
“But now we are off the bottom and they can see that we are going the right way it becomes easier. It was a magnificent result against Peterborough and we’ll be able to get players in on the strength of that three points.”
Goulon, and other reported targets, will play in private practice games against Sheffield Wednesday (tomorrow) and Manchester United on Friday.
Saunders said: “Peterborough were better than us. They were moving the ball quicker than us so I changed it after about 15 minutes and we tried to concede a bit of possession and tried to defend in half the pitch and try and keep the score down and stay in the game and we managed to do that.
“We got a plan together at half-time and we tried to sit back and defend a bit deeper to try and nullify the diamond (shape they play) and the space that Boyd was getting into and catch them on the break and that’s what we did.
“I was really pleased with the determination and attitude (of the players). I don’t think that we deserved to win but I’ll take the three points.
“They are a really good team going forward and there are not many teams who are going to keep them quiet. We conceded possession and let them have the ball at the back and tried to fill gaps.They got in behind us quite a lot and I’ve got loads of things to work on. The enthusiasm is there but tactically we are getting caught out of position.
“It was like sometimes as if the formation that we were playing was really difficult.”
It took a 30 yarder by Brian Stock to get Rovers back into the game on 55 minutes.
“It was a brilliant strike,” said Saunders. “He’d’ been out for a good few months and that was his third game in a week. He’s got a bad back and a bad knee but he stuck at it.
“They all want to play; they are all frightened to miss a game. If they miss a game they might not get back in and that’s the way I want it.
“The players who I haven’t picked yet must be disappointed and I have to thank them for making my job a bit easier and accepting not getting selected, or sitting on the bench, by not moaning and groaning.
“I’d only been at the the club for eight days (prior to Saturday’s game) so I’m still trying to find out about everybody and I’ve said I’ll try and give them a chance but that they’ve got to be professional.
“It’s not about who is on the pitch; it’s not about bringing people on, it’s all about the team. The main thing was that we got the three points.”