Doncaster Rovers: Dickov plays down Ryan speculation

Paul Dickov and John Ryan, pictured at Dickov's opening press conference.

Paul Dickov and John Ryan, pictured at Dickov's opening press conference.

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Rovers boss Paul Dickov has attempted to play down speculation about John Ryan - but the chairman’s future remains shrouded in doubt.

Ryan is understood to be considering his future at the club following a meeting between representatives of Rovers and Sequentia Capital held on Tuesday.

But Dickov this morning insisted the suggestion that his chairman was unhappy was news to him.

“I spoke to John two or three times yesterday and it was never mentioned,” said Dickov.

“It would [be a massive loss to the football club if he left]. He lives and breathes the football club.

“The players, the supporters and the staff all look up to John. He’s not just a good man but he’s a great football guy who has a lot of knowledge and he loves the club.

When pushed on today’s reports at this morning’s press conference, Dickov added: “I’ve had no indication whatsoever [there’s a problem]. Do you really think I’d tell you if I had?”

Ryan has publicly backed Sequentia Capital’s takeover bid - which was officially turned down by the club in September, although the door was left ajar for the Irish-led consortium to be more clear about their proposals for Rovers.

Negotiations were re-ignited this week but Rovers have denied that they have received any formal takeover offers.