Doncaster Rovers: New manager must bring style AND substance - Buckley

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Doncaster Rovers’ new manager must bring style AND substance to their play.

That’s the verdict of former Rovers winger and Free Press columnist John Buckley.

Rovers’ new boss is expected to be unveiled before this Saturday’s clash with Bradford City at the Keepmoat Stadium.

The club completed their interview process earlier this week, with candidates expecting to hear the board’s decision on Tuesday night.

Interim boss Rob Jones was among the interviewees, while former Huddersfield Town boss Lee Clark, ex-Notts County manager Shaun Derry and former Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson are understood to have made the board’s final shortlist.

Dave Jones and Danny Wilson, two experienced managers who are familiar with the South Yorkshire patch, also saw their odds for the job slashed by bookmakers this week - with former Barnsley, Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United manager Wilson suddenly backed into odds-on favourite on Tuesday evening.

Paul Dickov was sacked on September 8 after Rovers collected six points from their opening six games.

Following the Scot’s exit, a club statement read: “The board are ambitious for a top-six finish and that is, and will remain, our aim.”

Rob Jones’ temporary period in charge has seen Rovers win one, draw twice and lose three.

According to Buckley, whoever replaces Dickov must not just dramatically improve Doncaster’s current league position of 20th - but they must also do it in style.

“We must implement a style of play, especially at the Keepmoat, that is enjoyable for the fans to watch,” said Buckley.

“Even if you win, sometimes if it’s a dire style it’s not where you want to be on a Saturday afternoon.

“I know people who just don’t enjoy themselves watching Rovers anymore.

“And when people stop going, and stop bringing their children along, you start to have a problem as a club.

“But if we can get a run going and implement a sense of style about our play it’s not too late to look at finishing in the top six.”