Doncaster Rovers: Dickov to get signings green light on Tuesday

Paul Dickov
Paul Dickov

Paul Dickov will be given the green light to sign players following a meeting with Rovers’ owners on Tuesday.

The Rovers boss had expected to be able to offer deals to potential targets and out-of-contract players on Friday, when John Ryan and Louis Tomlinson’s takeover of the club was expected to be finalised.

But following the collapse of the deal, Dickov has been forced to wait and will tomorrow discover the true extent of the budget handed down by current owners Terry Bramall and Dick Watson.

Chief executive Gavin Baldwin said: “Obviously this is a position no-one expected to be in at this stage of the season.

“A meeting with Paul and the owners is due to take place on Tuesday 22 July and at that meeting budgets for the forthcoming season will be discussed and Paul will be given the go-ahead to sign players.

“The owners have been quick to state that they wish to support Paul in order to achieve a return to the Championship.”

Bramall moved at the weekend to reassure supporters that Rovers will have a budget in order to compete at the top end of the Championship.

It was expected that his budget under Ryan and Tomlinson would have been significantly greater than what Bramall and Watson had handed down at the end of last season.

But it is unclear whether the delay to transfer business will have had an effect on what the current owners are offering.

Rovers have yet to make a signing so far this summer due to the takeover bid which ended in spectacular fashion last Thursday.

A number of players including Peter Clarke and James Bailey had been lined up to sign terms once the takeover was complete while out-of-contract James Coppinger had agreed a new deal.

Rovers travel to Grimsby Town on Tuesday night (7pm) for their latest pre-season friendly.