Doncaster Rovers: The search intensifies for manager

On shortlist: Ex-England caretaker boss Peter Taylor.                                 Picture: gary longbottom
On shortlist: Ex-England caretaker boss Peter Taylor. Picture: gary longbottom

ROVERS will hold a crunch board meeting today that will have a major bearing on who becomes the club’s next manager, The Star understands.

Chief executive Gavin Baldwin will meet with chairman John Ryan and fellow co-owners Dick Watson and Terry Bramall at lunch time to weigh up their next move in the recruitment process.

Rovers have held constructive talks behind the scenes this week and are now in a position to move the search for Dean Saunders’ successor on at pace.

At a meeting on Tuesday, Doncaster’s decision-makers drew up a shortlist of candidates which is understood to have included one former international manager, believed to be ex-England caretaker boss Peter Taylor.

The Star also understands that former Rovers legend Glynn Snodin, Oldham boss Paul Dickov and St Johnstone’s Steve Lomas feature on that shortlist - and the trio are leading candidates for the Keepmoat Stadium hot seat.

Earlier this week Rovers said that they were delighted with the high calibre of applicants to have applied for the vacant manager’s position.

A club statement added that the board would today press ahead with confirming the shortlist and arranging interviews.

Today’s meeting could also potentially see Doncaster make contact with their number one choice to replace Saunders.

Should they wish to speak to Huddersfield coach Snodin, Dickov or Lomas, they will first have to request permission from their respective clubs.

Rovers said last week that they did not expect to make an appointment before Saturday’s home game with Leyton Orient.

John Ryan has since revealed he expects caretaker bosses Brian Flynn and Rob Jones to remain in charge for this weekend’s game, should it beat the cold snap.

However, this week’s meeting double-header would suggest that Rovers are acting swiftly and decisively to replace Saunders, with the side currently second in League One and well placed to push for an automatic promotion slot.

Flynn, now the bookies’ favourite to replace Saunders, and skipper Jones this week played down their chances of landing the job on a full time basis following Saturday’s dramatic 2-1 win at Stevenage.

Rovers have brought forward today’s routine weekly press conference to 9.45am to accommodate this afternoon’s meeting.