It may have been one of the most turbulent weeks in the recent history of Doncaster Rovers but Paul Dickov has delivered a message of ‘business as usual.’
Dickov reiterated his sadness at the departure of his ‘friend’ John Ryan who quit as chairman and director last weekend.
But he insisted off-field matters must not distract neither staff nor players from preparing for the business on it.
“For me, the players, the supporters and the club as a whole, last Saturday was a sad day,” Dickov told the Star.
“But for me as the manager, now we’ve got to move on.
“We’ve got a massive game next week against Yeovil so all my thoughts have got to be focuessed on that.
“Myself, the players and a lot of people at the club can’t let events like that effect us because we have to carry on.
“The most important thing for me right now is aiming towards the Yeovil game, making sure the players away on international duty are looked after and come back fit, and trying to add a few bodies to freshen things up as well.”
Dickov is hoping to bring in a striker and two defenders prior to next Friday’s clash with fellow strugglers Yeovil at the Keepmoat.
And experience is at the top of his checklist.
He said: “We’re actively trying to bring in some players for next week’s game.
“For me that has to be a priority and a lot of my time this week has been taken up with that.
“We’re looking at a couple of defenders but whether we can get both in or not I don’t know.
“And we definitely want a centre forward as well.
“If it’s going to be done it will be next week.
“Training schedules are all different with the international break and people are away so it will be sorted after the weekend.
“We want experience but it’s hard to get, particularly good pros who know the division and who are professional on and off the pitch.
“If their attitude is that good, other club’s don’t want to let them go.
“That’s where I’ve got to come in and try and persuade all parties that it’s what is best for them.”
Dickov confirmed that Theo Robinson and Mark Duffy have not trained this week but both should be back after the weekend.
X-rays revealed Duffy did not break any ribs during a clash with Barnsley’s Chris O’Grady last weekend.