Fans’ Forum: Thoughts on Darren Ferguson - and can he guide Doncaster Rovers to a top six finish?

Darren Ferguson
Darren Ferguson

This week we asked our Fans Forum to share their thoughts on the appointment of Darren Ferguson.

What are their first impressions of the new boss, and can he guide Doncaster Rovers to a top six finish?

Mike Follows

Of the many names linked with the manager’s job, Darren Ferguson was an ever-present in the favourites list with the bookies and supporters.

Without knowing who else applied, I’m pleased with his appointment. His record of success in League One gives grounds for optimism.

He has already said and demonstrated through formations and tactics that he wants to do things differently and that can take time to bed in.

Those who saw Sean O’Driscoll’s first few games in charge – myself included – found some of the performances abysmal but when things clicked it was a revelation.

I’m hoping that the results at Peterborough and Millwall are similar blips.

Rovers are currently ten points outside the play-offs.

I always think that if you’re within ten points of where you want to be at Christmas, you’ve got a chance of closing the gap.

That said it’s perhaps too big a job to turn things around in one season. Can Fergie do it? I’m on the fence.

Jay Baker

Stranger things have happened.

Nigel Clough took local rivals Sheffield United from the threat of relegation into the fourth tier, right up into a near-miss of the playoffs – which he successfully reached a year later.

Of course, Cloughie got sacked for his pains, largely because of a segment of fans feeling a sense of entitlement to promotion.

Darren Ferguson, I feel, will at least be given half a chance.

Far from having a sense of entitlement, Doncaster Rovers supporters are humble at the best of times; downright self-deprecating at the worst.

But if we believe, and more importantly if the players believe, anything is possible.

But what of the players?

As with Rob Jones, Fergie is working with a team largely assembled by Paul Dickov.

He’s going to have to make some changes at the first opportunity, I have no doubt about that.

Some players he can develop; others less so.

Darren Ferguson is a good choice to turn our fortunes around. Let’s get behind him.

Wesley Grimes

I was absolutely delighted with the appointment of Darren Ferguson.

He absolutely has the knowledge of this league to get us out of it, should he manage to dig us out of our current mire.

However, like Rob Jones before him, he finds himself in the unenviable position of inheriting one of the most gutless and spineless squads I’ve seen at Doncaster Rovers since ‘the experiment’.

We’re now a third of the way into the season and I’m yet to see a performance I’d really describe as ‘top six’.

In fact the players’ attitudes suggest we’re already down, with not one of them looking up for what is now a relegation battle.

Can Fergie guide Rovers to a top six finish this season? If he does it will be a miraculous turnaround and will surely rely on heavy investment in January.

Ferguson has already stated defenders are a priority. I’d argue he needs an entire back four of first team quality players.

Add to that a central midfielder and a forward, as well as retaining Keshi for the season.

However, I can’t see anything more than a relegation scrap for the season now.

Paul Mayfield

I believe the club has appointed the right man but he needs to get a response out of the players.

Some of the performances lately having been shocking.

It was good to get off to a winning start at Shrewsbury. We rode our luck in the first half, battled in the second half and got the three points we deserved.

We have a group of players who individually have got the skill, but we need to all pull in the same direction and learn to defend set pieces.

Out of other candidates for the job, Darren is the best to motivate and get the best out of squad.

A couple of wins would lift us up the table, so the next few weeks are very important.

I think the best we can hope for is a top half finish.