Doncaster Rovers: Dickov confident he’ll get support of board as he eyes defensive reinforcements

Yun Suk-Young is out for six weeks after twisting his ankle.
Yun Suk-Young is out for six weeks after twisting his ankle.
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Paul Dickov is confident he will get the go-ahead to dip into the loan market and ease his defensive injury woes - despite John Ryan stepping down.

Dickov watched his makeshift back four shut out Barnsley and then immediately re-iterated his desire to bolster his defensive ranks during the international break.

That need for reinforcements has only been enhanced by a freak training ground injury to Yun Suk-Young, ruling the South Korean left back out for six weeks.

When it comes to loosening the purse strings, Ryan has been Dickov’s main ally in the boardroom.

But, despite the chairman’s shock resignation, Rovers’ boss remains hopeful he will be given the green light to add to his squad over the coming days.

“I’m confident I will get that support,” Dickov told The Star.

“As well as my relationship with John, I’ve got a great relationship with the existing board, especially the chief executive.

“It has to be a priority [to use the loan market],” he added.

“Underneath the back four that played on Saturday we’ve got young Liam Wakefield and then not a lot else.

“So I think it’s important we have to strengthen in that area.”

Suk-Young missed the stalemate at Barnsley after turning his ankle in training a day before the game, joining several other defenders on the sidelines.

The growing list of absentees meant Saturday’s hard earned clean sheet gave Dickov even more satisfaction than normal.

“There’s a little bit of a curse going on at the moment,” said Dickov.

“Yun just went for a ball in training on Friday with nobody around him and he’s rolled his ankle.

“He’s going to be out for six weeks.

“If you add that to James Husband and Rob Jones, and big Jamie McCombe’s out as well, I thought a point on Saturday was a start, especially when you look at the back four experience wise.

“I thought young Luke McCullough was fantastic and Bongs alongside him stepped up to be a leader.

“We’ve got a young right back playing left back and Paul Quinn by his own admission is not fully fit.

“When you take that into consideration we were delighted with a clean sheet.”

Rovers return to action next Friday in a televised fixture at home to Yeovil.