Next few weeks will be crucial for our future

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WITH no game last Saturday I thought we may be in for a quiet few days with a bit of transfer speculation thrown in. How wrong could I be.

It has turned out to be one of the most turbulent periods the club has seen since the dark old days of the Richardson era.

Firstly the resignations from the board of Dick Watson and Terry Bramhall - two men with the financial clout to catapult the club to higher levels.

Dick was advised to step down due to health reasons and needless to say we wish him all the best.

But, for whatever the reasons, once again John Ryan has been left holding the reins.

I believe John, who has been, and still is, a brilliant chairman and his passion for the club shows no bounds. But I don’t think he has got the financial clout to sustain running the club on his own, so the next few weeks are going to be very crucial.

So good luck to Captain John in his efforts to keep the ship afloat. Let us supporters act the crew members.

We’ve also lost star striker Billy Sharp, who was an icon amongst the fans. But his departure always looked like being a case of when, not if, in recent weeks.

With his new club Southampton looking poised to a return to the big time it could be a good move for him.

Let’s hope he does not put a goal past us at St Mary’s on March 24th.

The only two bits of transfer news was the signing of Laurent Roberts from Lorient in France, not the one in East London, and Mark Wilson being released from his contract to join Oxford United.

We wish him well and I have happy memories of Mark from last year’s Inca Trek.

Rovers made the trip to the ‘KFC’ Stadium on Tuesday and there wasn’t a chicken to be seen.

Despite all that has happened, we still took 1,000 fans to Hull.

The point from the 0-0 draw saw us move up a place though as we left the stadium we thought we were bottom as Coventry were winning.

The gap between us and the fourth-bottom club is still five points and now is the time for players, management and fans to back the side in a bid to try and close that gap.

The game at Hull may have been El Hadji Diouf’s last game for us, although talks are still going ahead as I penned these notes.

Although we rode our luck a bit, an inspired performance by keeper David Button, and his defence, got us that deserved point.

It was funny on Radio Humberside on the way back on the radio phone in when a disgruntled fan came on air and used a a four-letter word to describe Hull’s performance.

What happened to three-second delay in force to stop any bad language?

We face a tough home game against Reading, who seem to be our bogey side,tomorrow.

Let’s get as many fans in the ground cheering and backing the lads.

Ring me about the dogs at Stainforth on February 24, ten-pin bowling with the players on March 14 and bookings for the Palace and Leeds trips (book early 07961 727769).