Doncaster Rovers: ‘I would consider Rovers return’, admits John Ryan

John Ryan is consoled by a fan at Oakwell.
John Ryan is consoled by a fan at Oakwell.

John Ryan admits he would consider a return to the Rovers boardroom if the proposed takeover of the club was to go ahead.

But the former chairman insists he would only come back if the current directors were no longer involved.

“It is something I would consider, as long as it was a totally new regime at the club,” Ryan said.

It is understood that Sequentia Capital’s proposed takeover would have originally involved Ryan buying back into the club and remaining as chairman.

And despite his departure as chairman, Ryan has appeared to suggest that could still happen.

Though Sequentia may have lost their biggest supporter at the club, their hopes of a buyout received a fresh boost this week.

Long time opponent Terry Bramall – who has come in for strong criticism from Ryan – admitted he was ‘ready to accept’ Sequentia’s bid based on the terms discussed most recently. Representatives from Sequentia declined to comment on the latest twist.

Ryan’s storied 15-year stint as Rovers chairman came to an explosive and bitter end when he announced his resignation just moments before the clash with Barnsley at Oakwell last Saturday and followed the game with a no holds barred press conference.

There he laid bare his disagreements with Bramall and his anger at discussions between his fellow major shareholders and Sequentia he felt were being held behind his back. Bramall this week fired back as the disagreements showed no signs of abating.

And then there is the matter of Ryan’s future at the club.

Rovers issued a statement denying that Ryan had also quit as director and insisted he would be involved in shaping the club’s future.

But Ryan swiftly contacted the Free Press to confirm he was no longer involved with the running of the club and wished only to be a supporter.

He said: “I am resigning as a director of the club. I can only assume I didn’t make that clear when I handed in my resignation.

“But I certainly did so when I spoke to the press after the game at Barnsley.

“I am not involved any more with the club’s activities moving forward or anything to do with the future of the club,” he added. As I said at the press conference, it’s the end of the road for me.”