IAN Snodin is confident Doncaster Rovers can avoid the drop - but he also wants supporters to play their part in the club’s survival mission, writes Paul Goodwin.
Snodin contacted the Free Press this week to make an impassioned plea with fans to back manager Dean Saunders and agent-turned-consultant Willie McKay.
Saturday’s disappointing FA Cup defeat to League One Notts County sparked talk of a fans’ protest against the new regime on the internet.
But Snodin said: “I think we’ll stay up.
“We had one point when Dean came in and since then we’ve won another 21 points.
“We’ve given ourselves a chance of avoiding relegation.
“And the players that have come in - the likes of El Hadji Diouf, Habib Beye and Pascal Chimbonda - have given us even more of a chance.
“Rovers fans should be pinching themselves that these type of players are at the club.
“And not only that, they’re enjoying themselves here and they want to help the club get out of trouble.
“Losing to Notts County was a blow but the be all and end all for Doncaster this season is staying in the Championship.”
Snodin was also eager to voice his own personal support for McKay and Saunders.
“I’ve known Willie for quite a while and obviously he’s one of the best agents in the world.
“January is his busiest month.
“But he’s sacrificed a lot of his other business so he can work tirelessly for Doncaster Rovers and get the players in to keep this club up.
“His commitment is unbelievable.
“I’ve heard one or two people say Dean’s a little naive or he hasn’t got the experience,” he added.
“But that’s rubbish because he’s coached with Wales, Newcastle and Blackburn, and he’s worked at Wrexham in the Conference - and Rovers fans should know how tough that league is.
“The purpose of this is to keep Doncaster in the league and then we build from there.
“It’s taken a long time for the club to get back to this level and if we are to stay in this league we need everybody pulling in the right direction, including the fans.”