Doncaster Rovers: Dickov feels secure despite ‘friend’ Ryan’s exit

Paul Dickov
Paul Dickov

Paul Dickov has no qualms about his position as manager and has vowed to “roll his sleeves up and lead by example” following the shock exit of John Ryan.

The Scot was always Ryan’s number one choice to replace Brian Flynn in the Rovers hot seat over the summer.

But despite the chairman’s resignation over the weekend, Dickov says its business as usual in his attempts to stabilise Doncaster Rovers in the Championship.

“I’ll always carry on,” said Dickov.

“The one thing I’ve got here is a great relationship with the existing shareholders and especially the chief executive [Gavin Baldwin].

“My job is as it was when I came in, to try and keep us in this division and get us to finish as high as we can.

“On a personal note, it’s disappointing. John wasn’t just my chairman but he was a friend as well.

“It’s a sad loss for the club because his enthusiasm and his passion for the football club were there for everybody to see, not just since I’ve been here but for the last 15 years.

“He brought me to the club and I thanked him for that. I’m disappointed he’s stepped down, as are the players and the fans.

“It’s a close knit club,” he added.

“John will be a massive loss but it’s my job as manager to keep things going.

“I’ve had worse than this, I was at Oldham for two and half years when players weren’t getting paid and things like that.

“As a manager you’ve got to deal with it, roll your sleeves up and lead by example. That’s exactly what I’ll be doing.”