Doncaster Rovers: ‘We will not be rushed’

Doncaster Rovers Gavin Baldwin, John Ryan and Dick Watson talk about the future of the club at a meeting. Picture: Andrew Roe
Doncaster Rovers Gavin Baldwin, John Ryan and Dick Watson talk about the future of the club at a meeting. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Doncaster Rovers say they will not be rushed into a decision on a proposed takeover of the club.

Irish consortium Sequentia Capital, headed up by property consultant Kevin Phelan, have told The Star they are still interested in buying into the club and funding a push for the Premier League - despite takeover talks stalling over the last fortnight.

However, at a press conference yesterday afternoon Rovers kept their powder dry in respect of Sequentia’s multi million pound proposal.

Chief executive Gavin Baldwin said Rovers were in no rush to make a decision - and would make one in the long term interests of the club.

Majority shareholder Dick Watson revealed the club were also considering an alternative investment proposal from another interested party and said a deal with Sequentia was “on the backburner”.

On a hectic day of takeover talk and transfer activity, Rovers also announced they had completed the signing of Brentford’s Harry Forrester and also a season-long loan deal for Tottenham defender Bongani Khumalo.

Rovers also sealed a move for former Chelsea and Middlesbrough goalkeeper Ross Turnbull, while defender Tommy Spurr was poised to complete a move to Blackburn Rovers.

Baldwin said: “We’re not forced to rush into a decision [on the takeover]. We’ve got various options to consider.

“We’re a profitable football club and therefore we are attractive to investors.

“There are various people that will want to talk to us so why should we rush into a decision?

“We set a budget at the end of last season and Paul Dickov is working towards that budget to bring his team in,” he added.

“We’re comfortable with the squad we have got going into the start of the season, especially on the basis of the signings made [yesterday] and the people Paul is still talking to.

“We’re going to make a decision for the long term future of Doncaster Rovers.”