'The last time that I broke my nose was on the back of his head' - Former Doncaster Rovers captains talk their encounters with Darren Moore

He is the gentle giant of football that makes a big impression on those he meets.

Wednesday, 22nd April 2020, 7:30 am
Updated Wednesday, 22nd April 2020, 10:23 am

And Doncaster Rovers boss Darren Moore certainly made a major impression on former skipper Rob Jones.

A coming together of the two back in the 2009/10 season resulted in a broken nose for Jones - though Moore handled the situation with typical grace.

“He was at Barnsley when I was at Scunthorpe in the Championship,” Jones said.

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“I think the last time that I broke my nose was on the back of his head.

“It was always nice going up against him.

“But he was lovely. He came in after the game to see how I was because it was a right clunk.

“When I’ve come across him he seems to be a really nice, down to earth individual and other people around the football world say the same things.

“He’s a good guy. A gentle giant as people keep calling him.

“He’s done a great job there. People talk about him in very high regard both as a coach and as a person.”

Another former Rovers skipper Graeme Lee also speaks highly of Moore, having encountered him in his role as boss of Middlesbrough’s U23s.

“I know Darren and I came up against him a few times when he was with West Brom U23s,” Lee said.

“He’s a really lovely man.

“I’ve had chats with him and he’s a great man - a great football man.

“I’m delighted with the job he’s doing and hopefully he’ll take the club up.”

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