PREMIER League legend Dion Dublin has warned Doncaster Rovers that they have more than a fight on their hands if they are to make a swift return to the Championship this season.
Last season was a massive disappointment for Rovers who had to contend with the sacking of manager and club legend Sean O’Driscoll in the early part of the season.
In came Dean Saunders and the Willie McKay experiment began as big-name players like El Hadji Diouf and Pascal Chimbonda came in on short-term loans at the Keepmoat.
But that experiment failed as Rovers were relegated to League One and Dublin has warned Saunders and co that stability will be the key if they are to dominate in the league below.
“Things just didn’t seem to work out for Doncaster last season and, having gone down, they have now lost a few players,” he said.
“They will have to regroup and get back to where they were. They need to believe that the lads they have are good enough and hold on to them.
“That will be difficult because of wage demands and the fact that all the teams above them will be keen to poach.
“You would expect them to bounce back but, as Coventry City know, it won’t be easy. I’ve crossed paths with Dean Saunders a few times, but don’t know him as a manager.
“As a person, he is a very funny man and was a quality player who scored some great goals. He was very good value to be around and very genuine – there is no side to him at all.”
The first chance of a distraction from League One for the Rovers fans will come in the form of the newly named Capital One Cup at home to York tomorrow. And Dublin insists that a good cup run could be the key for a cash-strapped club like Rovers.
“The money from these competitions is important because these are funds that the smaller clubs can thrive on and move forward with,” he said. “I don’t see why the lower teams can’t do well.”
Dion Dublin was talking on behalf of Capital One, the credit card company and new sponsors of The League Cup. Round 1 of the Capital One Cup takes place from tomorrow August 14.