Paul Dickov insists he won’t be getting too sentimental when his side line-up against former club Oldham Athletic today.
The Scotsman was once a player for the Latics before taking over as boss in 2010 for his first managerial role.
Despite a poor run of form leading to the 41-year-old stepping down, Dickov rates his time with the Lancashire outfit as invaluable.
But sentiment will be put to one side when his Rovers, who have several player links with the Latics, welcome Oldham to the Keepmoat this afternoon.
Oldham are a club I will always look out for and always be grateful to for giving the opportunity in management. It’s a good club,” he told The Star.
“It’s a tough job for Lee [Johnson - Oldham boss], I know that myself. But I speak to the chairman there regularly and I’ve had a good relationship with the fans.
“It’s a game I’m looking forward to, but none more so than Colchester last week, Watford or I what I will be when we face Bristol City in a couple of weeks time.
“I want to win every game. As a player I played against ex-clubs a lot, I’ve managed against some of my ex clubs as well, but you’ve got to treat it like the next game. And that is what it is, there’s nothing special apart from I want to win.”
Dickov will have the luxury of having a near fully-fit squad for today’s game with Curtis Main the only absentee.
His squad will also include Paul Keegan, who has signed a three-year deal, and fellow midfielder Richie Wellens whom Dickov said would be finalising his two-year contract this weekend.