Doncaster Rovers: McCall and Caldwell set for second interviews as final countdown begins

Stuart McCall
Stuart McCall

Stuart McCall and Gary Caldwell are among the trio of names invited for the final stage of interviews for the managerial vacancy at Doncaster Rovers, the Free Press understands.

Former Bradford City and Motherwell boss McCall and ex-Chesterfield and Wigan Athletic manager Caldwell were among the initial six names on the shortlist for the Rovers job who were interviewed on Friday and Monday.

Gary Caldwell

Gary Caldwell

And both impressed sufficiently to be invited back for second interviews, which will again take place outside the borough on Monday.

The duo will also be joined by a third candidate, who was unavailable for the initial interview stage due to being abroad.

Logistical reasons prevented the second round of interviews being held immediately after the first.

This ensured Rovers would not meet their target of having a new manager in place by the start of pre-season training on Monday.

Instead, the appointment now looks likely to be confirmed in the second half of next week.

McCall has long been seen as a front runner for the Rovers job.

The 54-year-old was sacked by Bradford in February following six straight defeats but with the Bantams still inside League One’s top six.

He took Bradford to the play-off final the previous season and previously guided Motherwell to a pair of second placed finishes in the Scottish top flight.

In contrast, Caldwell was invited to the initial interview stage as an outsider and given the opportunity to convince the board he was a suitable candidate, which he appears to have done.

Caldwell was sacked by Chesterfield last September after the Spireites picked up only one win in their first ten matches following relegation to League Two, which he also oversaw. The former Celtic defender earned promotion to the Championship with Wigan in his first management job but a run of two wins from 14 games at the start of the following season saw him sacked.