Doncaster Rovers: We’re keeping an open mind - Horton

Brian Horton
Brian Horton

Rovers’ management are keeping an open mind when it comes to team structure as the club shapes up for its return to the Championship.

Boss Paul Dickov employed a 4-2-3-1 formation against Motherwell last Saturday but has also toyed with 4-4-2 and 4-4-1-1 structures during pre-season.

His assistant Brian Horton told the Star that any new arrivals will influence how the team shape up at home to Blackpool on August 3.

“It’s not set in stone,” said the former Manchester City boss.

“It all depends on who we get in.

“We’ve used three or four systems already, we’ve not just stuck to one formation.

“We want to add to the squad so we’ll have another good look at the system when we know what we’ve got.

“The players that are here already have been fantastic so far,” he added.

“They’ve taken on board what we’re trying to do, which obviously includes new ideas and new formations.

“They’re a good set of lads. You can see why they did what they did last year.

“The endeavour and togetherness is fantastic.”

Rovers return from their intensive pre-season training camp in Portugal tomorrow, which included a 2-1 behind-closed-doors victory over local side Portimonense.

The squad have been put through their paces by Dickov, completing daily triple sessions on the pitch and in the gym.

“It’s been a tough few days of training but also good to get away with the squad and get to know a few of the new lads a bit more,” said David Cotterill.

“It was good to get another game under our belts, it’s made a change from the tough training schedule.

Meanwhile, Rovers have revealed they are exploring the possibility of their new development team playing matches at various local grounds this season.

Rovers will field a team in this season’s Central League for the first time since 2007.