Doncaster Rovers: Ryan: Top ten within our reach

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John Ryan says managerless Doncaster can land a top ten finish in the Championship - if they get their summer recruitment right.

Rovers’ chairman hopes to get a new boss in place by next week to deal with the urgent issue of renewing players’ contracts and reconstructing the squad.

Doncaster are almost certain to be among the bookies’ favourites for the drop following their instant return to the second tier - but Ryan is more optimistic.

“I’d be delighted with a top ten finish and this can be achieved with the right players brought in to add to what we’ve got,” he said.

“One thing is for sure, the new players will have to want to sign for Rovers and not just be coming for a meal ticket.”

Rovers told the Star this week the deadline for applications for their vacant manager’s job is 5pm today.

Chief executive Gavin Baldwin will meet with the owners on Monday to draw up a shortlist, with the intention of starting the interview process on Wednesday.

An 18-point checklist will be used to decide the next manager. “This reflects our aim to recruit the manager that will give us the best possible chance of sustained success in the Championship.” said Baldwin.