Doncaster Rovers: Ian Holloway rules himself out of manager role

Ian Holloway
Ian Holloway

Ian Holloway has ruled himself out of the race to be the next manager of Doncaster Rovers.

The former Crystal Palace and Blackpool boss is currently out of management after being sacked by Millwall in March.

Holloway came out second in a Free Press poll of Rovers supporters of who they would like to see succeed Paul Dickov, edged out by bookies’ favourite Neil Redfearn.

But the 52-year-old has ruled himself out of a pursuit of vacancies at both Rovers and Peterborough, insisting he is happy with his current role as a Sky Sports pundit.

“I’m enjoying my job with Sky,” Holloway told Sky Sports’ Football League podcast. “I promised someone I would stay there as long as I possibly can.

“I’ve got a year’s contract, I really enjoy it and I don’t like letting people down.”

On a return to management in the future, he said: “I will never say never because I’m a football manager and I’d probably like to get to 1,000 games but at the moment my enthusiasm for what I’m learning week in, week out is excellent.

“What I love is getting a group of people together, organising them and trying to create something but at the moment I’m being asked to watch and comment on other people’s creations and I’m loving every minute of it.”

Rovers have set a deadline of September 25 for applications for the vacant manager role and say interviews will be carried out over the following fortnight.

This plan suggests caretaker Rob Jones will have the next four games to stake his claim for the position, continuing on Saturday with the home clash against Oldham.

Former Leeds boss Redfearn was the even money favourite with bookmakers as the Free Press went to print yesterday with Jones 3/1 second favourite.

Ex-Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson was the big mover on the typically volatile betting market, coming in to 4/1. Former Rovers players Brian Stock, Billy Russell and Glynn Snodin are all outsiders for the position.