BREAKING: Doncaster Rovers confirm Richie Wellens as new manager

Doncaster Rovers have confirmed the appointment of Richie Wellens as the club’s new manager.

By Liam Hoden
Monday, 17th May 2021, 12:00 pm

The 41-year-old completes his return to the Keepmoat where he spent two spells as a player.

It is understood he has signed a one-year rolling contract, as has been typical with recent managers but with clauses that will favour Rovers should other clubs show an interest in prising him away.

The Free Press understands Wellens will be assisted by former Republic of Ireland international striker Noel Hunt who was his assistant in his previous job at Salford City.

Richie Wellens is back with Doncaster Rovers, this time as manager. Picture: Andrew Roe/AHPIX

He is expected to meet the media on Thursday alongside Hunt, Rovers’ new head of recruitment Graham Younger and James Coppinger, who is to begin his new role with the club.

Chief executive Gavin Baldwin said: “Having gone through a lengthy process and interviewed potential candidates, the board came to a unanimous decision that Richie was the right man to lead the club forward.

“He knows what this club is about and speaking to him it is clear to see his drive and determination to be successful as our manager.

“I’m sure our fans will join me in welcoming Richie back to Doncaster Rovers for a third spell and give him their full support.”

Rovers advertised the role a month ago and have completed an in-depth recruitment process to identify the man who would succeed Darren Moore on a long-term basis.

In taking charge of Rovers, Wellens will begin his fourth managerial job having previously taken charge of Oldham Athletic, Swindon Town and Salford.

He guided Swindon to the League Two title in 2020 and won the delayed EFL Trophy with Salford in March.

Wellens was a popular midfielder for Rovers between 2007 and 2009 when he helped them into the Championship and established in the second tier, before joining Leicester City for £1million.

He spent two-and-a-half years with Rovers in a second spell which began in 2013 when he was signed by former Leicester team mate Paul Dickov.

He departed in January 2016 for Shrewsbury Town, citing a desire to be closer to his Greater Manchester home.


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