Doncaster Rovers: Denial over board role for One Direction star Louis Tomlinson

Louis Tomlinson at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Louis Tomlinson at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Rovers insist reports suggesting One Direction star Louis Tomlinson is poised to become a director of the club are wide of the mark.

However, the club is determined to maintain a friendly relationship with the Doncaster-born star who failed in a bid to buy Rovers alongside John Ryan earlier this year.

A national newspaper report earlier this month suggested Tomlinson - pictured last week on a night out with Paul Dickov - was set to join the Rovers board and hoped to be in place before last weekend’s scheduled clash with Notts County, which was postponed due to international call-ups.

A club spokesman told the Star, no such agreement had been made with the 22-year-old.

But it was confirmed Tomlinson is set to meet with the current Rovers board in the near future.

“The board and Louis Tomlinson are hoping to meet in the near future to discuss various projects,” the spokesperson said.

“There is no truth at this time to suggestions Mr Tomlinson is set to join the board.

“However the club hopes to continue its positive relationship with Mr Tomlinson.”

Tomlinson was said to be devastated when his and Ryan’s bid to buy the club collapsed at the 11th hour in July.

And he insisted at the time he would be keen to help Rovers in some capacity in the future.

He said: “My passion for Doncaster Rovers remains as strong as ever and I hope that I can still be involved with the club moving forward.

“And to all the Doncaster Rovers fans, I will do all in my power to help the club succeed.

“I really do love the club.”

Tomlinson was last weekend pictured leaving a Cheshire restaurant with Rovers boss Dickov and training ground manager Phil Goldman.

He has also visited the Keepmoat on several occasions since the collapse of his takeover attempt.

On Tomlinson, the club spokesperson also revealed to the Star plans for another charity game featuring the pop star are at an early stage.

Earlier this year Tomlinson featured for the Rovers development squad in a match against Rotherham United which drew around 5,000 people to the Keepmoat with money raised for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.