Doncaster Rovers: Flynn future is on the line

Flashback to promotion day for Brian Flynn but now he may become director of football
Flashback to promotion day for Brian Flynn but now he may become director of football

Doncaster Rovers look set to announce that Brian Flynn will not be retained as manager - with Paul Dickov the red-hot favourite to replace him.

Flynn, who guided Rovers over the finish line to win just their seventh league title in their 134-year history, is thought to have been offered a director of football-type role at a board meeting on Tuesday.

Rovers’ board are understandably keen to hold onto the Welshman, who offers access to a huge network of contacts and expertise in youth development.

But co-owners John Ryan, Dick Watson and Terry Bramall are understood to want a new manager to spearhead the club’s bid to survive in next season’s Championship.

Rovers released a statement earlier this week stating they hoped to clarify Flynn’s position today.

Former Oldham boss Dickov - the early bookmakers’ favourite to replace Flynn - has been out of work since leaving Oldham Athletic in February.

The 40-year-old former Manchester City striker was briefly installed as an odds-on favourite to be the next permanent Doncaster Rovers manager earlier this week, before the market was closed.

Flynn reiterated his desire to remain in charge next season in the immediate aftermath of Saturday’s incredible season finale at Brentford.

But the 57-year-old also joked that “he’d have to find John Ryan first” in order to knock on his door about the vacant position.

When asked about staying on, Flynn said: “Who wouldn’t want to manage in the Championship?”

Goalscoring hero James Coppinger was also asked whether Flynn should remain at the helm.

“That’s for the chairman to discuss with Brian,” he said. “I’m sure Brian will stay at the club in some capacity.”

Flynn’s temporary four-month contract, which he signed following Dean Saunders’ departure to Wolves in January, expired on Sunday.

He penned a two-week extension on Monday as the club quickly turned their attention from celebrating their League One title success to the challenge lying ahead next season.

But the short nature of that extension has only served to intensify speculation among fans this week about his long-term future at the club.

The Star contacted chief executive Gavin Baldwin and Flynn yesterday.

Baldwin said: “The only update is that the owners, through me, will clarify the position on Friday.

“They are working really hard to ensure they make the right decision to give us the best possible chance of doing well next year.”

Flynn refused to be drawn on the speculation and said he would be meeting Baldwin early on Friday morning.