Doncaster Rovers set dual aim for new manager

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Doncaster Rovers’ new boss will be handed a twin task upon his impending appointment - to build success in the short and long term.

Having the ability, contacts and know-how to immediately build a side capable of staying in the Championship is the core criteria for Rovers’ latest choice of manager, which the club hope to announce later this week.

But the new boss will also be given a brief to build for the future using a self-sustainable transfer model, one that will put the emphasis on recruiting young players and developing talent in-house.

Chief executive Gavin Baldwin has outlined plans to sign more than ten players - the majority of whom will be rising stars - before Rovers launch their Championship campaign in August.

And with such a busy summer ahead, Rovers are keen to wrap up their search for Brian Flynn’s replacement over the next few days.

Baldwin said: “We have a clear culture for this club.

“We expect to get eight lads in who’ll be ready for the first team but who will peak in two or three year’s time.

“We also need four or five senior professionals to boost the squad we’ve got.

“The strategy is clear. Let’s get those senior lads in who’ll help us be sustainable in the Championship, but let’s also build for the future through that development squad.

“We’re going to both ends of the spectrum,” he added.

“That’s where Brian will be superb in helping to bring in lads who are 17, 18 and 19 years old who in two year’s time will be first team stars.”

Paul Dickov remains odds-on favourite to be the new manager.