Doncaster Rovers: Copps’ tribute to Dickov

James Coppinger has praised the character shown by Paul Dickov.
James Coppinger has praised the character shown by Paul Dickov.

James Coppinger has paid tribute to Paul Dickov and said ‘any less of a man’ would have walked away by now.

Coppinger’s Rovers career is over and he is searching for a new club.

But the 33-year-old, although disappointed not to see out his career at Doncaster, was keen to praise the way Dickov handled negotiations since his contract expired on June 30 - a period of time which saw a second successive summer takeover collapse.

Coppinger says many other managers would have quit the club in light of matters off the field - but says walking away is not in Dickov’s make-up.

“I think anyone with less character would have left before now,” Coppinger said.

“He’s had a lot to put up with - stuff that’s totally out of his control. But he hasn’t grumbled about anything and he’s just got on with managing the football club.

“He’s a fantastic manager and he’s been first class with me,” he added.

“He’s been honest and up front with me from the start. I couldn’t have asked for any more from him really.

“The manager’s got a good group of lads and we’ve had a good pre-season. It’s just a shame I won’t be part of it.

“But I wish Paul all the best. He’s a great guy.”

Coppinger is thought to be on Barnsley’s radar. Tykes boss Danny Wilson yesterday refused to comment.

Rovers host Sheffield Wednesday in their penultimate pre-season friendly tomorrow (3pm KO).