Fans’ Forum: Who should be the next manager of Doncaster Rovers?

Rob Jones
Rob Jones

Which way should Doncaster Rovers turn in their search for a new manager?

We asked our Fans’ Forum members to share their thoughts:

Nigel Clough

Nigel Clough

Mike Follows

Whoever gets the manager’s job at the Keepmoat will have a weight of expectation on his shoulders and will need the fans on board from the off.

Despite Rob Jones making some positive noises in his press conferences and the players looking more positive, he would be viewed by some as a cheap or easy option and that would put him at a disadvantage.

For that reason I think it has to be an external appointment.

Stuart Gray

Stuart Gray

It will be interesting to see whether we go for someone already in a job or pick up an unemployed manager.

I would be very happy if Stuart Gray got the job.

He over-achieved in his last role with Sheffield Wednesday, guiding them to their highest finish for six years before rather harshly being sacked as part of the regime change under new owners.

He has experience of coaching and management and he has a point to prove.

Wesley Grimes

It’s pretty clear that the prospect of a new manager has divided Rovers fans.

With the club languishing in the bottom four it is blatantly clear that allowing time to embed could be very dangerous. Wins are required from the off to lift us out of the danger zone.

Therefore, in my opinion, the priority should be someone with a high win ratio above all else.

This squad is more than capable of competing at the top end of this division but the players at present seem distinctly unmotivated, at times unfit and devoid of any creativity.

I imagine the youth set-up will also be high on the agenda for the owners who maintain that they believe sustainable Championship football is the aim for the club.

My choice? Look no further than Darren Ferguson who has the experience at this level and will make it uncomfortable for the players at every loss.

Paul Mayfield

If Rob Jones fails to get the job, and his passion for the job clearly shone through at the recent Supporters’ Club AGM at Retford, I would love to see Glynn Snodin get it, possibly with Jones as his number two.

Neil Redfearn is a strong candidate too.

All three of those have Rovers in their veins.

Glynn has been a successful number two at club and international level and, in my opinion, should have been ahead of Ian when we were in the Conference.

The new manager must have respect from the players, passion, a desire to win and hopefully play attractive winning football.

I would prefer someone with fire in their belly to succeed. Some of the experienced managers are just on the merry-go-round of managerial appointments.

The three that I have mentioned have great qualities and have all worked within the youth set-ups of clubs.

As long as it’s not Steve Evans!

Jay Baker

Wanted: Scapegoat – must be able to prepare for a season in ten days, and be prepared for termination after only six games.

That’s an appropriate ad for the recruitment process of the next Doncaster Rovers gaffer, given the tenures of previously ousted managers, Paul Dickov and Sean O’Driscoll.

O’Driscoll was sacked, allegedly by text message, in thanks for his pains, while Dickov was given two nightmare pre-seasons that would have seen many managers walk out, before being given just six games this season, after which he was sacked anyway.

Let’s look at Nigel Clough. He’s got the pedigree. He fell out of favour at Derby despite doing well there, and took Sheffield United from the threat of relegation to the promise of play-off promotion.

Despite in his first interviews there stressing the importance of a long-term plan, the club still sacked him. And they call him negative! I’d love to see him in charge down at the Keepmoat Stadium, personally.

Whoever takes the job, given the state of modern football, it’s set to be an unenviable position indeed.