The start of 2016 may have suggested that Doncaster Rovers had an outside chance of making the League One play-offs. Instead, the club is preparing for life one tier below.
A promising pre-season for Paul Dickov’s team offered plenty of reasons to be cheerful going into the 2015-16 campaign, but that optimism soon gave way to frustration which saw the Rovers boss head through the exit door.
After a somewhat prolonged period under caretaker boss Rob Jones, Doncaster eventually decided on a long-term replacement when they brought in Darren Ferguson.
The impact of the Scot was the reason why some Rovers fans dreamt of a top-six finish come the turn of the year.
But what they could not foresee was their team embarking on a 17-match winless streak from January to April which saw them nosedive into the relegation battle.
A slight upturn in results from mid-April offered a glimmer of hope to fans, but it was to prove too little, too late - relegation being mathematically confirmed on the final day of the season after a 0-0 draw at home to Burton Albion, a result which proved enough to secure promotion for the Brewers.
Click on the video link at the top of this page to see what The YP’s Leon Wobschall though of Doncaster’s campaign and what needs to happen to help them secure a swift return to the third tier.
It has simply not been anywhere near good enough – myself as a manager and the players.Doncaster Rovers’ boss, Darren Ferguson, after relegation from League One was all-but confirmed