Fans back boss

Sean O'Driscoll: 'We have to make sure that we retain the identity that we have forged, and that we are proud of - if staying in this division is the be all and end all then for me we are barking up the wrong tree'.         Picture: Anna Gowthorpe/PA
Sean O'Driscoll: 'We have to make sure that we retain the identity that we have forged, and that we are proud of - if staying in this division is the be all and end all then for me we are barking up the wrong tree'. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe/PA
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DONCASTER Rovers’ fans remain 100 per cent behind manager Sean O’Driscoll despite the club finishing fourth bottom in their 2010-2011 Championship campaign, claimed Supporters’ Club chairman Len South.

“Obviously I’ve not spoken to every supporter, but I’ve not heard of anyone knocking Sean,” he told The Star.

“Sean has attended all of the Fans’ Forums and he has answered all the questions he was asked and some of them were bordering on being critical. He’s stood there and taken the flak when things haven’t been going well and the fans appreciate that.

“Some of the forums have been in the same week as bad results and you could have perhaps understood had he not wanted to attend the meetings.

“But he was always there and I can’t think of another manager in the league who would have done that. And that sort of things goes down well with supporters.

“Like most fans I would imagine, I’m just pleased that the season is over; it has been one of the most excruciating that I’ve had to endure.

“But until this season we’ve had eight years of success, starting with winning promotion from the Conference.

“So by the law of averages you are going to have a season at some stage where you don’t do very well.

“Even though it has been a disappointing season the club have been successful in the fact that they have retained their Championship status.

“I think that considering all the injuries that we’ve had - particularly in the second half of the season - that we’ve done well to stay up.

“A team has to be consistent at this level and we haven’t had that consistency this season due to injuries.

“Towards the end of the season we got sucked into lumping the ball forward and that isn’t our game at all.”

It was a point O’Driscoll touched on in the build-up to the Middlesbrough game at the weekend.

“We probably lost too many players that we couldn’t replace and the side became a little disjointed,” he said.

“We had to become pragmatic and almost had to try and play to stay in the division.”

But he made it clear that he is keen to restore Rovers’ reputation for playing entertaining football next season.

“We have to make sure that we retain the identity that we have forged, and that we are proud off and I would to do that regardless of where we are in the league.

“If staying in this division is the be all and end all for this football club, then for me personally we are barking up the wrong tree.”