DONCASTER ROVERS: Mark Robins is new market leader

Tipped: Mark Robins
Tipped: Mark Robins

BOOKMAKERS yesterday slashed the odds on Coventry City’s Mark Robins to replace Dean Saunders in the Rovers hot seat.

Robins moved to odds-on favourite, overtaking early market leader Steve Lomas, after a surge of money for the former Rotherham and Barnsley boss.

The former Manchester United striker, however, quickly moved to dismiss the speculation.

He told reporters in Coventry: “There’s nothing in that at all, it’s absolute speculation.”

Rovers chairman John Ryan is known to be a huge admirer of Robins following his sterling work in South Yorkshire.

Links between Doncaster and Coventry have blossomed in recent weeks after Rovers officials lent their support and advice to the Sky Blues regarding the Midlands club’s well documented debt problems.

Were Rovers to step up their interest in Robins, he would not come cheaply.

The 43-year-old signed a three-year deal with Coventry as recently as last September.

Since then the former Manchester United striker has transformed his new club from relegation candidates to promotion hopefuls.

Rovers have also been linked with Oldham Athletic chief Paul Dickov.