Doncaster Dons: The time was right for change - Carl Hall

Carl Hall (right), pictured with new player coach Paul Cooke
Carl Hall (right), pictured with new player coach Paul Cooke

Carl Hall relinquished control of the Dons to Doncaster Rovers yesterday and admitted: ‘we’d reached a plateau with our resources’.

Former co-owner Hall will remain at the Championship club in the role of general manager but the final say on budgets will now belong to Rovers.

However, the Kiwi believes the takeover will see Doncaster now rival several Super League clubs with their backroom operation.

“The Dons have been a well run club for a number of years, which has been proven by our on and off the field performance,” Hall told The Star.

“However, we had reached a plateau with our resources.

“The takeover will allow the Dons to benefit from the use of Rovers’ commercial, communications, administration and finance teams and ensure the club has a more professional full time approach.

“Ultimately this will move us ahead of other clubs in the division and indeed some in the Super League. We are already experiencing better commercial and communication opportunities because of the takeover.”

On his new role, Hall added: “My role will remain much the same, however I now have owners who I will report to alongside Gavin [Baldwin].

“I now also have a bigger team of support staff I can utilise should I need to.”

Hall again refuted speculation that an unpaid tax bill left the Dons with no alternative but to join forces with Rovers.

“The speculation was entirely unfounded,” he said.

“The Dons have always been able to pay all their bills while I have been in charge.”