Doncaster Rovers: Waiting game over new boss

Rob Jones
Rob Jones

Doncaster Rovers have confirmed they will unveil their new permanent manager late next week.

As the Star reported earlier this week, the club’s interview process will continue through Monday and Tuesday with an announcement unlikely to come before next Wednesday at the earliest.

Rovers released a ‘final’ statement yesterday to confirm the new boss would be in charge for next Saturday’s game with Bradford City but also that an announcement would come ‘towards the end of the week.’

The Star understands that interim manager Rob Jones will be interviewed on Tuesday and will continue to carry out the majority of the preparations for the visit of the Bantams.

Rovers’ statement read: “The board of directors are currently conducting interviews and are very impressed with the high calibre of candidates for the role.

“The aim of this recruitment process has always been to secure the best person for the short, mid, and most importantly long term future, of Doncaster Rovers Football Club.”

Lee Clark, Shaun Derry and Darren Ferguson are among the contenders.

Neil Redfearn – an early hot tip for the job – was announced as new manager of Rotherham United yesterday.

It is understood that the former Leeds United manager was a leading contender for the Rovers position until turning his attention to landing the role with the Millers following the sacking of Steve Evans.

- Rovers defender Paul McKay has joined his twin brother Jack on loan at Ilkeston.

McKay has signed a one month loan deal with the Evo-Stik Premier Division side whom Jack joined earlier this month.

McKay started in Rovers’ JP Trophy win over Burton Albion earlier this season.