Doncaster Rovers: Ryan lays down gauntlet to Bramall

Terry Bramall, right, with departing chairman John Ryan
Terry Bramall, right, with departing chairman John Ryan
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John Ryan sensationally quit as chairman of Doncaster Rovers and immediately laid down the gauntlet to fellow major shareholder Terry Bramall - urging him “to step out from the shadows”.

On a dramatic weekend off the pitch but not on it, Ryan resigned moments before Saturday’s dour goalless stalemate at Barnsley and ended the game sat among Rovers’ travelling fans.

At full time he lifted the lid on the bitter boadroom fall-out which prompted his resignation, as the feud over Sequentia Capital’s proposed takeover took yet another remarkable twist.

“I think it’s time for my fellow major shareholders, particularly Terry Bramall, to step out from the shadows,” said Ryan.

“Let’s see what he’s made of. I’ve made my contribution for the last 15 years, let him have a go now.

“He’s got a lot more money than me and, having turned down tens of millions from Sequentia, maybe he’d like to put a few quid of his own up.

“It’s down to him [Bramall] now,” he added.

“He comes to about two games a year and is not interested in football. He shouldn’t stand in the way of other people who want to invest.”

Ryan’s memorable reign saw Rovers jump from the Conference to the Championship in six seasons - but he has since grown increasingly frustrated at the club’s lack of resources and their inability to stabilise in the second tier.

Having brought Sequentia Capital to the table, an Irish-led consortium interested in investing upwards of £20 million in the club, that frustration only grew when their buy-out bid was officially blocked in September.

The final straw for Ryan came last week when he alleges that Rovers reignited talks with Sequentia behind his back.

Ryan left the directors’ box at half-time at Oakwell, choosing to watch the second half among Rovers fans.

“I want to put on record my thanks to all the fans who wished me well and I certainly wish them and Doncaster Rovers well,” said Ryan.

“It was the best send-off anyone could possibly have had.

“Let’s hope someone else can take up the cudgels.

“I think I’ve done rather well in the last 15 years. If they do as good a job, I’d be delighted.”