'I will give everything I’ve got until someone tells me otherwise' - Bullish Andy Butler refuses to give up on Doncaster Rovers' play-off push
Andy Butler says he will give everything to getting things right as Doncaster Rovers manager ‘until someone tells him otherwise.’
Back to back defeats over the Easter weekend ensured Rovers have lost five of their nine matches with Butler in charge, and have won just twice in a 14 match run to leave them five points off the play-offs in League One.
Butler was bullish over his position following Monday’s loss at Bristol Rovers and insists he will keep fighting to get Rovers back on track.
“We have to stay positive,” he said. “People will rightly so be frustrated and disappointed but it’s my job to lift the players to get the results required to push us on.
“I’m not going to give up. Not a chance. If people think I will give up they don’t know me well enough.
“I see everything as a challenge and I will give everything I’ve got until someone tells me otherwise.”
Rovers made a bright start at Bristol Rovers and capped it by taking the lead 14 minutes in. But they were incredibly lacklustre afterwards and were outfought as the game slipped away from them in frustrating fashion.
Butler does not believe his players have given up the fight for a top six finish but warned them he will have no time for any that have.
“I’ll drag them by the scruff of the neck, that is literally what I’m going to do now,” he said. “If they don’t want to run hard enough then they will be sat alongside me.
“I will make that abundantly clear.
“They’re professional football players, whether they’re a loan player, a contracted player, out of contract, you represent yourself, your family, your friends and everyone around you.
“As a player I would never let anyone question me, my desire and my work rate because I think it reflects badly on yourself.
“I’m doing everything I possibly can right now as a manager to get the results with the players but at the moment it’s not going right.
“I’m not going to give up and neither will the players.
“As I’ve said to the players, people have written us off now so it’s their chance to ram home that we are a good side that will give everything we possibly can.”