Paul Dickov’s future as Doncaster Rovers boss has been a hot topic among supporters this week.
The Scot faced an angry backlash from a section of fans following Doncaster’s abject 3-0 defeat at Walsall last weekend, leaving Rovers 18th in League One after nine matches.
We asked our Fans’ Forum members for their thoughts on the matter...
The result at Walsall on Saturday was one of the worst away performances for a long time.
The passion shown by the players in the Chesterfield match and in the second half at Fulham was just not in evidence.
Is Paul Dickov not getting the best out of the players? Are the players not playing for Paul? Or was it just an off day?
The mood in the supporters’ camp is split as to whether Paul should stay or go.
I personally feel for Paul. For two seasons running his pre-season has been affected with talk of takeovers, no money released for him, budgets mucked about, and he has had to assemble a squad in a short space of time.
He has not been helped with key injuries to Rob Jones and Curtis Main, as well as Harry Forrester, a player who was out for most of last season through injury, and then comes back and stupidly gets sent off twice in the opening handful of games.
Two weeks ago I said there’s no point changing manager until December and Paul Dickov’s patience over the summer had earned him the benefit of the doubt.
The way the team came out revitalised in the second half at Fulham alluded to a eureka moment. Had he found the elusive “plan B”?
The result and performance at Walsall would answer in the negative.
The nights are drawing in and the leaves are turning. But unless he turns over a new leaf, Paul Dickov may find himself getting an extra lie in every day by the time the clocks go back.
It’s a quick-fix culture we live in today, not least in football.
People like scapegoats, believing that a change of face will sufficiently paper over cracks even though the true challenges lie much deeper.
This is true with Doncaster Rovers’ current struggle to get a foothold in League One with a view to returning to the Championship in the not too distant future.
Any manager is going to find themselves at a club determined to avoid boom-and-bust, forced to balance the books and do the best they can.
I’m not alone in being grateful for having a club with a long-term vision of sustainability, rather than an unprecedented run ending in bankruptcy.
The old adage says ‘You can’t make a silk purse out of a pig’s ear’ and this holds true with Paul Dickov’s performance this year.
Invest in a lower end League One squad and you’ll generally get a lower end League One finish.
The loss of Curtis Main has exposed how thin our squad is and we have made no attempt to delve into the loan market.
I don’t believe Dickov has very long as far as the board and the majority of fans are concerned but the squad has nowhere near the quality and most importantly the experience of those I expect to challenge this year.