Dons promoted - but things could have been very different

Dons' coach Tony Miller. Picture: Andrew Roe
Dons' coach Tony Miller. Picture: Andrew Roe

DONS coach Tony Miller almost quit the club before eventually guiding them to one of their best ever promotions.

Miller offered to resign following his side’s embarrassing Challenge Cup exit to amateurs Siddal two years ago, co-owner Carl Hall revealed this week.

But Hall persuaded Miller to stay on - and the Dons are now celebrating promotion back to the Co-operative Championship.

When cash-strapped Doncaster were thumped 26-0 at home by part-timers Siddal, it was a new low for a club only just out of administration.

But Miller has since overseen a sensational U-turn in the club’s fortunes.

Hall said: “We lost a game to an amateur side [Siddal] and Tony came to me and said he wanted to go.

“I said to him ‘why are you leaving me to it, we’re in this together?’

“He came back a couple of days later and agreed to continue.

“We took some knocks along the way but we had a three-year plan to gain promotion.

“Back then I said to Tony, we’d have some fun in year three - and that proved to be the case.

“Now the hard work starts all over again,” added Hall.

“This season we have to re-focus and try and win the league.”