Update on Doncaster Rovers manager hunt as the process is delayed

Doncaster Rovers have experienced a delay in the recruitment process for the next manager after a pair of candidates were unable to make their scheduled interview slots earlier this week.

Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 4:30 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 4:30 pm

Rovers interviewed three candidates last Friday and were set to speak to another three on Tuesday, only for two to request a delay at short notice.

Both are currently employed by other clubs and had unforeseen commitments to attend to.

It is understood that both are exceptionally keen to land the role with Rovers and pleaded for another opportunity to be interviewed.

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Rovers have agreed to delay their process in order to carry out the interviews with the pair on Monday.

The original plan had been for two or three strong candidates to go through to a second stage of interviews and psychometric testing on Thursday, with an appointment to be announced early next week after Rovers conclude their season against Peterborough United on Sunday.

The Rovers board now expect a two to three day delay with the second interview stage likely to take place next Wednesday and the new manager to be unveiled by the end of the week.

Current Rovers boss Andy Butler was given a less formal interview last week and is not expected to be in contention for the job in the long term.

Two of the three candidates interviewed on Friday are understood to be the frontrunners for the position, along with the individual who attended his interview on Tuesday.

All three are expected to go through to the second interview stage but could yet be joined by one of the two candidates who will be spoken to on Monday.

Of the trio who have impressed so far, one is currently employed by another club.

Danny Wilson - who was the bookmakers’ favourite for the role for much of the last fortnight - will not be interviewed and has not ever been considered to be in the running, along with the vast majority of other names listed in the betting market.

Rovers are also set to confirm the identity of their new head of talent identification next week.


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