Doncaster Rovers: Legend Kitchen backs Ferguson to get it right

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Legendary Doncaster Rovers striker Peter Kitchen believes Darren Ferguson is the man to restore the club to its former glories.

Kitchen is confident, given time that Ferguson will return Rovers to the Championship.

The 63-year-old will be back at the club on Saturday to sign copies of the second edition of his biography as well as officially opening the newly refurbished Legends’ Suite at the Keepmoat.

And he admits he is excited to see Rovers in the flesh again.

“I get to see them a few times a season but mainly away so it’ll be great to come back to the town,” the Mexborough-born forward told the Star. “The last game I saw was the away game at Gillingham which ended up being Paul Dickov’s last one.

“They looked clueless that day and I was a bit worried about them. On saying that, I can’t believe Gillingham are top of the league because they were nothing special either.

“From what I’ve been reading and the bits of highlights I’ve seen, Donny have come a long way since then under Darren Ferguson so I’m really looking forward to seeing them again.”

A new banner will be unveiled at the Keepmoat this weekend featuring ex-Rovers players voted as best of their decade by supporters.

Kitchen was selected as the 1970s icon – no surprise given his record of 105 goals in 256 games for Rovers including netting within 95 seconds of his full and home Football League debuts.

His talents saw him outgrow his hometown club and begrudgingly depart but he has always maintained a strong affection for Rovers.

And he believes they are getting back on track after a few years of ‘transition.’

He said: “I think they’ve got the right man for the job. He’s got good pedigree and I’ve always felt he could end up managing at much bigger clubs.

“Having the opportunity to bend your dad’s ear for advice when your dad is Sir Alex Ferguson is an incredible asset for him.

“But he’s clearly got something about himself as well.

“It’s a good fit because I’m sure he’ll get the backing of the owners. They have tended to give time to managers which you can’t say about many clubs nowadays.

“All you need is two or three years and you’d know by that time if you were any good or not.

“I think he’ll be looking to consolidate this season and then bring a few of his own players in.

“Then I’m sure they’ll be pushing for promotion next season.”

Kitchen will be in the Rovers club shop between noon and 12.40pm on Saturday to sign copies of his book The Goal Gourmet.

The second edition sees the addition of a new chapter along with a series of new photographs.

The book is available now from Rovers’ club shop and Amazon.