Doncaster Rovers: David Blunt named new chairman

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David Blunt has been unveiled as the new chairman of Doncaster Rovers.

As part of the reshuffle, major shareholder Dick Watson has been named the club’s new president.

David Blunt

David Blunt

The club has been without a chairman since John Ryan’s dramatic resignation last November, mere seconds prior to Rovers’ clash with Barnsley at Oakwell.

But following Ryan’s failed takeover of the club alongside One Direction star Louis Tomlinson this summer, the club has moved to finally make an appointment.

Blunt is the former chief executive of Keepmoat PLC, the company formerly owned by Rovers’ major shareholders Terry Bramall and Watson.

The 66-year-old owns around nine per cent of the club, the fourth largest stake behind Bramall, Watson and Ryan.

Blunt told the club’s official website: “I’m delighted to be taking on the role of Chairman of Doncaster Rovers.

“Terry and Dick have done an excellent job in steering this club during the past few years, helping to fund two promotions and five seasons of Championship football.

“I hope that during my time as chairman we can build a solid foundation for the club to be successful both on and off the field.

“It is my vision that we try to create a clear pathway so that children in Doncaster can play for their hometown club, whilst simultaneously ensuring we become a regular fixture within the Championship.

“I’m also keen to invigorate ‘In Rovers We Trust’, the clubs fan engagement programme, which has helped deliver a range of successful projects in recent years and it is now time to step up our approach.

“The community of Doncaster deserve a club they can be proud of and we will aim to ensure that happens. We will never lose our community focus.“

Blunt – who joined Rovers in 2010 – previously turned down the chance to become chairman in January.

Watson – who recently revealed the extent of his health problems over the past few years – spoke of his delight at taking the presidency role.

He said: “Having beaten my recent health problems I’m excited to become president of the club.

“I hope we can deliver a third promotion to the fans of Doncaster Rovers – they deserve it.”

Bramall added: “I’m delighted that both Dick and David have accepted the positions offered to them.

“Both men have an excellent business record and a love of the club and Doncaster itself.

“These announcements will continue to show our desire to bring stability to Doncaster Rovers, a key requirement for the club at this time.”