Doncaster Rovers compile a shortlist of eight to interview for manager role

Eight candidates are set to be interviewed for the managerial role at Doncaster Rovers, the Free Press understands.

Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 6:00 pm

The Rovers board finalised their shortlist on Monday and will conduct the first round of interviews either side of the Bank Holiday weekend.

A final interview stage is planned for next Thursday when the two or three top candidates will have their final assessment.

And Rovers expect to be in a position to confirm the appointment early in the week commencing May 10, after the final match of the campaign.

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The shortlist of candidates contains a broad range of experience, though the average age of the group is 43.

Some boast top flight experience, others have won promotions and silverware when in charge of clubs while two will be making their first steps into Football League management.

Four are currently employed as coaches elsewhere in English football.

Current Rovers player-manager Andy Butler will be interviewed in line with club policy.

Speaking after Tuesday’s dramatic draw with Peterborough United, Butler said: “It’s been a massive learning curve for me.

“Whatever happens now, manager wise, I know that I’ve given a good account of myself.

“I’ve never let my standards drop or do anything different. I’ve just continued to be myself and hopefully the people above can see that.

“I know the results haven’t been good enough and the fans all have opinions and think I’m inexperienced.

“But I have got experience in game management and in playing games.

“I’ve got a fantastic staff behind me that have helped me the whole way.

“I am proud of myself and hopefully the players are proud of that performance on Tuesday.”

Following on from Jon Taylor’s signing of a new three year contract, confirmation is expected of the re-signing of a club youngster before the end of the week.

Two more Rovers youngsters are due to complete the formalities on new deals imminently.

We understand the final stages of contract negotiations with other players are likely to take place with input from the next Rovers boss, while one has indicated he wishes to hold talks again following the end of the campaign.

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