Doncaster Rovers: Club deny budget will be heavily slashed

James Coppinger
James Coppinger

Rovers have denied that they will operate with a considerably smaller playing budget next season than their last year in League One.

Sources informed the Free Press that Paul Dickov will be handed a £2m budget to tackle the third tier next term, a reduction of more than 40 per cent from the pot from which Dean Saunders worked two years ago.

But a club representative insists the budget has yet to be determined with Dickov set to meet the Rovers board today, armed with a last of targets.

A spokesperson said: “On Friday, Paul Dickov is presenting his target list of acquisitions to the board.

“The brief has been made clear, in that it has to be a promotion chasing team.

“On Friday, the board will discuss Paul’s targets and will work with Paul to set a budget that is capable of achieving the brief.

“As last season, Paul will have the support from the board to achieve the targets that have been set for the team.”

While the budget will be determined by Dickov’s list of targets, it is certain to be reduced.

This is a result of a drop of more than £6m in funding following relegation, a desire from the directors at the club to run a sustainable business and financial fair play restrictions in League One.

It will ensure out of contract players such as James Coppinger and David Cotterill will be offered reduced terms to remain at the Keepmoat.

Rovers revealed last week they are set to offer new contracts to eight players whose deals will expire this summer.

First team regulars Ross Turnbull and Paul Keegan, along with Coppinger and Cotterill, are among the group who will consider new terms.

Rovers face a battle to hold on to these players given the restrictions on wages which can be offered.

Coppinger in particular is understood to have been offered a considerable reduction in his weekly pay.

Abdoulaye Meite and Gabriel Tamas were not offered extensions to their short term deals while Billy Paynter was also released.

A total of 13 players remain under contract with the club following this summer, though it is understood several have clauses which will allow them to leave the club with little resistance following relegation.

Average League One wage budgets are said to range between £2-£3.5m.