DONCASTER Rovers may be going into their last home game of the year on Saturday in the relegation zone, but the club’s director of football Mickey Walker claims that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
“We beat leaders Southampton in our last home game and we were unlucky not to get a result at Birmingham and hopefully we can get a result against Leicester on Saturday,” said Walker “We know we’ll still be in the relegation zone even if we beat them, but we are no longer on the bottom and the only way is up.
“Fortunately it’s only December and there is a long way to go until May so it’s a position that we can fight our way out of. What we need is for the players to do their bit and for everyone at the club, and the supporters, to get behind the team.
“The main aim in 2012 is to stay in the Championship and everybody at the club is trying to make that happen. It had been a goal to get here since John Ryan took over as chairman when we were in the Conference and it is imperative that we stay in the league.
“People shouldn’t forget that we have achieved more than any other football club over the last few years but you can’t live on past achievements.
“What you need to do is to move on and that’s what the club are looking to do.
“The club decided to bring in a new manager after we made a poor start to the season and he brought in his own back-room team and with the appointment of football guru Willie McKay there is a fresh feel to the club.”
Walker knows that not everyone who follows the club is 100 per cent behind McKay and that some are suspicious of his motives. But he says that he has no doubts that his involvement with Rovers is a good thing for the club.
“I’m an acquaintance of Willie, I know him and I trust him,” said Walker. “Some people might be surprised just how much he’s got Doncaster Rovers at heart.
“He’s got the heart of a dustbin lid when it comes to the club for all sorts of reasons.
“He lives locally and although he is one of the best known agents in the football world if you asked him what his ambition is he’d tell you that it is to get something going at Doncaster which is achievable and to make sure it was successful.
“I want us to finish halfway up the league and then we can start planning for next season and try and get into the play-offs or whatever.”