Doncaster Rovers: Mr Positivity Dickov wants to draw line under takeover woe

Paul Dickov
Paul Dickov

You could forgive Paul Dickov for feeling somewhat negative after the week he has been through at Doncaster Rovers.

But Dickov probably would not forgive himself for wallowing in doom and gloom.

The Rovers boss was his typical positive self yesterday, despite having had been picking through the wreckage of John Ryan and Louis Tomlinson’s failed takeover.

The collapse of the buyout had wide-reaching affects on the club with Dickov now presented with a budget significantly smaller than the one he was expecting.

Experienced players such as Richie Wellens and James Coppinger are likely to depart while trialists tracked throughout the summer now look set for other clubs.

Rovers supporters may be feeling a little sorry for themselves right now.

But despite a big pre-season friendly with Sheffield Wednesday looming on Sunday, Dickov certainly is not.

“It’s time that we started looking forward,” he said. “Forget about who we might have missed out on and move on.

“Otherwise it prolongs the negativity which is something I don’t want.”

A week ago Dickov would likely have been expecting to face the Owls with a squad shaping up for a strong promotion push from League One.

Instead he will send out a squad bolstered by young players from within the club.

Ever Mr Positivity, Dickov says the opportunity should be relished. He said: “Hopefully we’ll have a couple of signings in for Sunday.

“If we don’t there will be players out there that are in my thinking for the start of the season.

“It’s a great opportunity for them because maybe this time last week, a lot of them wouldn’t have been in my thinking.

“It might have been a case of putting them out on loan for game time and experience.

“It’s a challenge for them but a great on because there aren’t many clubs who will give their young kids the opportunity ours will get this year.”