Boss issues stark Rovers warning

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Workaholic Paul Dickov has fired a stark warning at his Doncaster Rovers players ahead of Saturday’s Brighton game, telling them: don’t take liberties in football.

In the aftermath of Friday’s 4-0 defeat at Middlesbrough, Dickov admitted his concern that Rovers’ lacklustre performance may have been a consequence of players taking their foot off the gas as a result of Tony Mowbray’s dismissal.

As a player the fiery Scot was characterised by his relentless work ethic. Now as a manager, he wants his team to embody those same hard work values.

And he has warned his squad if they don’t meet his high standards, they won’t just risk their future at Rovers but also jeopardise their career in the game.

Dickov said: “I told the lads that it looked like they thought it would be easy against ‘Boro, because it was against a team who weren’t having the best of times and didn’t have a manager.

“I just said to them ‘every single day you train and play you have to give it your all, because before you know it your career has gone’.”

Dickov is expected to make some changes to his side for the Brighton game, revealing: “If I have to go and get other people in, I will.

“If I have to make changes to the personnel, then I will do that.”