Bramall and Watson set to return?

Doncaster Rovers 4 November 2006''Rovers' chairman John Ryan (left) introduces new club directors Terry Bramhall and Dick Watson to the Belle Vue crowd.

Doncaster Rovers 4 November 2006''Rovers' chairman John Ryan (left) introduces new club directors Terry Bramhall and Dick Watson to the Belle Vue crowd.

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MAJOR shareholders Terry Bramall and Dick Watson are on the verge of making a sensational U-turn and returning to Doncaster Rovers’ board of directors, according to boss Dean Saunders.

The pair resigned from the board - along with Watson’s children Andrew Watson and Sarah Kell - in January.

But Saunders is hopeful the mega-rich pair will return to help fund a major overhaul of the playing squad ahead of a return to League One.

“The good news for everybody at the club is that Terry Bramall and Dick [Watson] are hopefully getting back involved with the club again,” Saunders said after Saturday’s 2-0 victory at Coventry City.

“I’ve got my fingers crossed that they’re going to come back into the club and that we’re going to have a good season next season.

“Hopefully we’ll get some funds to get a good team on the pitch.

“You’ve got three men there [in John Ryan, Terry and Dick] who I would never ever criticise.

“They’re all at the top of their profession in their business lives.

“I want to pay back the faith they’ve shown in me, and next season hopefully they’ll be involved.

“They’ll help me through shuffling players in and out of the club and fingers crossed they’ll be back involved by next week.”

Watson resigned from the board for health reasons, while Bramall was understood to have lost interest in football.

It is still uncertain if the pair do return, how much they would be willing to invest financially in the football operation at Rovers.

Major cost-cutting is still expected at Rovers this summer as the club gets to grips with the transition from Championship to League One.

Saunders has already admitted he will be forced into selling players before he can bring in new faces - and Rovers may find it difficult to hold onto their top earners who are still under contract next season.

Goalkeeper Neil Sullivan, and long-serving trio James Coppinger, James O’Connor and Brian Stock all come into that category.