Doncaster Rovers open recruitment process for new manager

Doncaster Rovers have commenced the recruitment process for their next manager with the aim of confirming their choice within days of the end of the season.

Monday, 12th April 2021, 5:00 pm

The post has been advertised with a deadline for applications set at 5pm on Monday, April 19. The successful applicant will be confirmed shortly after the final match of the campaign.

Current boss Andy Butler - who was handed the role until the end of the season following the departure of Darren Moore last month - was informed today that the position would be advertised and an application from him for the role on a longer-term basis would be welcomed.

Butler will remain in charge of Rovers until the end of the season.

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The Rovers hierarchy are to stick with their preferred method of recruiting a manager which was used in the appointments of Darren Ferguson, Grant McCann and Moore.

Candidates are judged and scored on a series of factors ahead of shortlisting for a thorough interview process.

“We will go through a process as we always do, and I would say that process works because the managers keep getting poached by clubs from the Championship,” chief executive Gavin Baldwin told the Free Press.

“We will stick to our values with that.

“Our aim will be to have the manager, whether that be Andy or someone else, be in place for the end of the season.

“Ideally we will have the manager and the new talent ID manager all in place as the season finishes so we’ve got all summer to get the recruitment right and give ourselves the best chance for next season, whichever league we are in.”

It is understood that the clubs have received dozens of expressions of interest in the manager’s job since Moore’s departure to Sheffield Wednesday was confirmed.

Butler will continue to be assessed within the role over the final eight matches of the campaign.

“Andy knows this is an audition of sorts,” Baldwin said.

“Football is about results and I can’t pretend it is not.

“But it’s also about how he conducts himself when we do have injuries and tough times, as we have had. Part of the role in football management, you aren’t going to win every game.

“Undeniably results and how the team performs, whether it’s good to watch, are all criteria that will come into the interviews.”

In confirming that the manager’s role was being advertised, a statement from the club read: “The board would like to thank Andy for his efforts this season and stepping in to manage the team at short notice.

"As was expressed at the time his appointment, it has always been the case that Andy will be in charge until the end of the season and this remains the case.

"However, the Board will are keen to progress with planning for next season as soon as possible.”

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