I hadn’t been here for two minutes when Paul Goodwin had introduced me to Doncaster as having one of the hardest jobs in the Football League after a 2-1 defeat at home to Gillingham.
I laughed then and I guess I’m laughing now.
I try not to worry about results too much as anything that happens on the big green rectangle is far beyond my control.
I once read a quote once from the president of Oklahoma Thunder, Pete Winemiller. “We can’t control the purchased product (i.e. basketball) so we must focus 100 per cent of our efforts on the fan experience.” I work to that rule because it is true and, until we can guarantee a 1-0 win every week, I always will.
Gavin Baldwin is a great chief executive to work for, which from my experience in football is rare. He lets us do as we feel best and his main brief to me is to ‘make Doncaster Rovers a better place to come for our fans’. That to me is perfect and, as a football fan, music to my ears.
It feels like I’ve been here for years when the reality is it’s only been three months. I don’t mean that in a bad way, it’s just been very, very busy.
The 2015/16 season ticket campaign is going well and we are up on sales from last year. The incentives we gave were unique across football and again for us to be able to offer those to fans is a credit to Gavin and the board. The PR we received from the national media was pleasing too, something that ‘the likes of Doncaster Rovers’ don’t usually see.
Finally, settling into Donny life has been fairly easy (once you learn you need to wear three vests a day) and I’m really enjoying it. The people here are friendly and have been very welcoming. I can see myself being here and being happy here for many years.
I feel we have come a long way in a short space of time off the pitch. When my dad recently came up to watch a game I was really proud to show him around and to tell him what we have achieved already, and what we plan to do moving forwards. Although we currently live apart during the week, it’s great that my fiancee Angela comes up from Kent most weeks to support me and the lads too.
There is still a lot to do at Doncaster Rovers but football is a journey and not a destination, and I’m really looking forward to it.
Ryan Murrant is media & marketing manager at Doncaster Rovers. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.