Bucky’s Blog: I fear Ryan exit could impact on results

Former Doncaster Rovers winger John Buckley
Former Doncaster Rovers winger John Buckley

It has been a very difficult week - and my biggest worry now is the effect that the battle in the boardroom could have on results on the pitch.

I was saddened to see John Ryan step down. What an outstanding chairman and supporter he has been to this club.

Richie Wellens in action at Barnsley.

Richie Wellens in action at Barnsley.

He has been like a PR machine for Doncaster Rovers, never scared to stand up and shout from the rooftops.

That was the case again on Saturday tea-time. You could see at his post-match press conference just how upset and angry he was about what is going on in the boardroom.

The club means so much to John, I’m not convinced we’ve seen the last of him.

His resignation has obviously created a lot of uncertainty and, as long as that remains, I worry that it could have a negative impact on Paul Dickov and his players.

As a player you tend to block that sort of stuff out, I’ve been there myself.

But if fans stop going to games, or start protesting, that can start to affect you on the pitch.

It’s very disappointing that it’s got to a point where John feels he has to resign. I worry what impact it could have in January too, particularly with regards to the future of Richie Wellens.

Switching attention to matters on the field, as I said last week, I thought the draw at Barnsley was definitely more beneficial to us.

Ross Turnbull was excellent in goal, not only making a fantastic save but I thought he commanded his box well too.

Barnsley were the better side, they created more opportunities, but it was pleasing to see Rovers stay very solid and dig out a point.

A few years ago that is the sort of game we would’ve lost, but the lads dug deep.

I thought Luke McCullough slotted in very well at the back. Wellens and Mark Duffy were the main creative threats, but we must try and get players closer to Chris Brown to create more opportunities. He looked a little isolated as the game wore on.

Safe to say the international break has come at a very good time, particularly with all the injury problems.

Paul Dickov wants to bolster his squad before the Yeovil game and I just hope that the events off the field don’t prevent him from getting at least one player in. He needs some defensive cover.

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