ROVERS chairman John Ryan has this afternoon explained his u-turn decision to sack Sean O’Driscoll.
Ryan gave O’Driscoll a vote of confidence earlier in the week - but then placed him and assistant boss Richard O’Kelly on gardening leave on Friday morning.
Ryan said: “Football is a short lived thing, it changes from day to day.
“Sean was under a lot of pressure and he may even feel relieved now. That’s football.
“It was a very difficult decision.
“Sean has been with the club for more than five years but in my heart of hearts I knew something had to change.
“Things couldn’t go on - we’re seven games into the season with only one point, and obviously we had a bad end to last season as well.
“Something had to change. I had a meeting last night, myself and the vice chairman Dick Watson, and we came to that conclusion.
“I spoke to Sean this morning and we’d had a meeting with him about things recently.
“He was a man I knew was under a lot pressure - any manager would be having not won for 18 games.
“It really is a cataclysmic set of results.”
Ryan said that new boss Dean Saunders would “reinvigorate” Doncaster Rovers.
“Myself and the board have backed Sean for five years but I felt it was coming to a stage where he was finding things a bit tough.
“He’s a great manager and would never say anything other than that.
“But I think everything has it’s day and I think maybe he needed a change.
“I’ve always been aware of Dean’s record because I’m always looking out of the corner of my mind - because don’t forget that Sean could’ve left us on two or three occasions in the past.
“We needed a Plan B as well and we always had Dean in mind.
“He’s someone who will come in and reinvigorate the whole club.”