Doncaster Rovers: Ryan’s praise for Bramall and Watson

Flashback: Ryan, Bramall and Watson pictured in 2006.
Flashback: Ryan, Bramall and Watson pictured in 2006.
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John Ryan has praised the job done by Terry Bramall and Dick Watson in the aftermath of his resignation.

And Rovers’ ex-chairman says if Doncaster Rovers do get relegated this weekend, it won’t be down to a lack of effort on the board’s part.

Ryan and Bramall had a very public falling-out after Ryan quit in November, accusing the board of going behind his back in takeover talks with Sequentia Capital.

He asked Bramall “to step out from the shadows” in his unforgettable passion-fuelled leaving speech at Barnsley. Ryan is also known to have been further riled by comments from Bramall about him “spending my money and Dick’s money” at a fans’ forum in January.

However, speaking to The Star, Ryan appears keen to let bygones be bygones and he has moved to praise the job done by Bramall and Watson in his absence.

Ryan said: “In fairness, Terry Bramall and Dick Watson have done a great job.

“They’ve kept things going and they’ve done their best for the club.

“If we do go down, it certainly will not be down to a lack of effort.”

Ryan has been a more visible presence at recent home games after initially detaching himself from the club.

“I’m still a major shareholder and you never know what’s around the corner in football,” he said on his Rovers future.

“I’ll always be there or thereabouts. This is my club.”