Doncaster Rovers begin hunt for Dickov’s successor

Paul Dickov
Paul Dickov

Doncaster Rovers have pledged to carry out a thorough recruitment process to find the club’s next manager after sacking Paul Dickov yesterday.

Dickov was dismissed ‘based on performance to date’ according to a statement released by chairman David Blunt. Rovers have won just one of six league games so far this term, scoring just three goals in the process.

Dickov’s sacking came just five days after a strong defence of his position was made by senior club officials at the biannual Meet The Owners event.

Major shareholder Terry Bramall in particular made a steadfast defence of Dickov following criticism by members of the audience.

But the defeat at Gillingham on Saturday did Dickov no favours while the wave of negativity towards the 42-year-old on social media only grew in the aftermath of the game.

The Rovers board held their scheduled monthly meeting on Monday when it is believed the decision was made to fire Dickov.

Blunt said there would be no rushing the decision on Dickov’s successor. “The board are ambitious for a top six finish and that is, and will remain our aim,” his statement read.

“The club will now seek applications for the post on a permanent basis.

“The club will not rush into making any decision, the recruitment process will be thorough and we will ensure that we appoint the strongest candidate for the position.”

Rob Jones will take temporary charge of first team affairs but is likely to be given a chance to stake a claim for the job himself.

Blunt’s statement read: “The club has full confidence in Rob as we now look forward to a tough game against Walsall this weekend.”

Jones’ impressive work with Rovers’ development squad could attract the attention of the club’s owners, who are particularly keen to see young players brought into the first team.

Former Leeds United boss and ex-Rovers midfielder Neil Redfearn has been installed as the early bookies favourite.