DONCASTER ROVERS: Calm after the storm

Hands up:  Milestone for James Coppinger who is to make his 300th league appearance for Rovers at Stevenage.              Picture: steve uttley
Hands up: Milestone for James Coppinger who is to make his 300th league appearance for Rovers at Stevenage. Picture: steve uttley

AS far as Plan Bs go, it does not look like a bad one on paper.

Brian Flynn: a man who has been there, got the T-shirt. An experienced manager on tap.

Rob Jones: a leader of men who is one of the cornerstones of Rovers’ revolution. A man who has the respect of the dressing room.

Rovers would appear to be in very safe hands, and their new ‘little and large’ management duo seem to have immediately clicked.

“Rob’s been very calm, which is a good sign,” said Flynn.

“When we chatted about taking over here together we both agreed the most important thing for him was to continue as a player.

“He’s a big important figure for us out on the field.

“All the other things surrounding management and running a football club, that will come. He’s shown me the qualities of becoming a very good manager in the future.

“The decisions will be taken jointly,” he added.

“There are certain times we might disagree, but we haven’t disagreed on a single decision yet!

“I’m here to help Rob and guide him through certain things but he’s his own man.”

Flynn, in his dulcet Welsh tones, spoke in a calm, considered fashion at his first Rovers press conference yesterday.

The 57-year-old has ended up with more than he bargained, initially arriving at Doncaster in August to bolster the club’s scouting network.

He’s not phased, in the slightest.

“Dean has put this club back on a solid platform again,” he said.

“That aspect of Dean Saunders will be missed, because he’s turned things round.

“The players will miss him but they understand the reason why’s he gone to Wolves. In their careers they move on as well.

“The mood’s fine. One advantage is the players have seen me around the place. I’ve not been here every day, but that wasn’t my role.

“I’m not going to copy Dean because I want to do things my way. It’ll take more than three of four days to get my views across.

“But I have given them some responsibilities and principals which I want on the training pitch, which I think is important.

“In football there are no shocks,” he continued.

“The shock is that it’s nice, for me personally, to be taking over a team that’s top of the league.

“The two occasions in the past I’ve gone into a club as a manager, teams have been rock bottom and I’ve been fire fighting for a long time.

“There’s nothing broken here. It’s been an easy ride for me in that sense.

“I think the players realise the situation that Dean has done well here, particularly this season.

“He’s built a really powerful squad and there was always the chance a bigger club would come in.

“Dean’s a quality manager and he’s proved that. He had a difficult time last season, that was blatantly obvious for everyone to see, but he managed to start again in pre-season.

“The question now is can we take it on further? I can’t look beyond Saturday in terms of what the club’s intentions are.”

Momentum is the watch word ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Stevenage. Will it be dented by Saunders’ sudden departure?

Should Rovers come away from Broadhall Way with at least a point they will break the club record (11) for consecutive games unbeaten on the road.

“Saturday’s a big one, to keep the momentum going and to break the record,” said Flynn.

“It’s nice to do those sort of things as a manager, as a club and as players. It’d be nice to keep things ticking over.

“The away form has been spectacular.

“Every time I’ve seen Stevenage play I’ve been very impressed with them,” he added. “They’re very well organised and they’ve got more than one or two talented players who can win the game.

“Defensively we’ll have to show the same sort of qualities we’ve shown all season.”