Rovers Survey: Jury still out on Paul Dickov

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Doncaster fans are willing to give Paul Dickov the benefit of the doubt.

But the Scot needs to make a solid start to the new season to convince almost one in two supporters that he is the right man for Rovers.

Despite relegation, Dickov made a good impression on 35% of the fans who took part in our Big Doncaster Rovers Survey. They are confident he’s a good fit for the club.

Almost half, 45% to be exact, are less sure - and the jury will remain out for those fans until they see how Dickov’s Doncaster start life in League One.

A fifth of Rovers fans, meanwhile, told us that they believe enough is enough, and Dickov should be replaced at the helm right now.

Lorna Horne, from Denaby Main, argued that Dickov had mitigating factors.

“I’m glad he’e been given another season, it’s been difficult at times for him to field a team with such a small squad. The injuries caused untold misery,” she said.

“His passion cannot be questioned but his tactics are questionable at times,” said Peter Sanderson, of Sprotbrough.

Richard Stephenson, from Bessacarr, said: “In the beginning I was convinced that Mr Dickov was the right person to take Doncaster Rovers forward. The events of the latter end of the season caused me to lose faith in his ability to manage Doncaster Rovers successfully.”

Allan Yeaman, of Skellow, does have faith in Dickov. “Because he is a solid, reliable and sensitive man. With his knowledge and contacts in the game it can only improve the team and club.”

“I liked his tactics and team selections. He was not afraid to drop players who weren’t performing,” said Jackie Linley, of Thorne.

Matt Groves said: “He ticks a lot of boxes and has performed well apart from some strange tactical decisions from time to time. I think he needs better support staff advising him.”
“Young and upcoming coach with a lot of potential,” said Ryan Groves.

While Barry Raw commented: “He’s enthusiastic and must surely have learned something after last season. He has to realise that a gung-ho approach is not always the way to go.”

G Nile, of Armthorpe, simply said: “Not good enough. Too negative.”

Stephen Chambers, from Tickhill, said: “Not the right man for Doncaster Rovers and never was from day one. He does not show any enthusiasm on the touchline like other managers do, and he does not change tactics when he needs to.”

Norman Cooper would stick by Dickov. “It does no good changing the head of things when things don’t go our way,” he said.

“We have changed managers like this before and it hasn’t worked.”