Fans’ Forum: In Dickov We Trust - Wesley Grimes

Paul Dickov gives instructions to James Coppinger.

Paul Dickov gives instructions to James Coppinger.

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It’s rare that a manager avoids a sacking after a season like last.

It happens even more infrequently that they get away with it after substantial backing to keep the club up in January.

Yet support for Dickov remains strong at the Keepmoat.

Many outsiders looking in may question why?

Yet among the Rovers faithful we see a shrewd asset in Paul.

His reaction to the last two pre-seasons has been nothing short of astounding.

Many football managers would see the statements from the board this summer as a real threat to their position.

Less money to strengthen, and a lot more reliance on nurturing and coaching young players, puts an awful lot of strain on a manager with just two clubs on his CV.

But Dickov has responded with gusto.

He announced just before Rovers’ League One campaign kicked off that it was time for the young lads to step up to the plate and start playing men’s football.

He’s kept to his word - the oldest player starting in defence against Watford in Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup victory was 22.

The inexperience of youth hasn’t been particularly noticeable either.

We’ve only conceded one goal away from home to date this season.

Add to that the retaining of a few key experienced pros in James Coppinger, Rob Jones, Paul Keegan and new arrival Nathan Tyson and we have a good blend in the dressing room, as well as on the pitch.

Being a relatively young manager in league football, Dickov is still learning.

His failure to grind a few points out from our last seven games last season admittedly cost us dearly.

However, he’s shown that he isn’t afraid to make a difficult decision either.

Dropping winger Mark Duffy showed that he won’t play somebody based on a name.

And also his message at the ‘Meet the Owners’ event was clear - if you won’t put your heart and soul into playing for the club then you are not wanted.

We’ll challenge this year, as long as we keep hold of what could be our most astute signing to date.

In Dickov We Trust.