Doncaster Rovers: Countdown on to manager appointment

Gareth Ainsworth
Gareth Ainsworth

Doncaster Rovers expect to appoint the club’s new manager in the next nine days.

It has been confirmed that the board have completed their shortlist. A statement from the club read: “Amongst the shortlist are a mixture of managers who are currently not in employment and those that are currently employed in managerial roles.

“The calibre of the applications has been very high and the club are very pleased with all discussions to date.

“The club aim to appoint the best first team manager for the short, mid and most importantly long term of the football club. “

The club’s latest statement suggests Rob Jones will remain as interim boss for today’s clash with Barnsley plus Tuesday night’s trip to York City in the JP Trophy.

Rovers then have 11 days before their next game after the trip to Millwall was postponed due to the Lions’ international call-ups.

One man unlikely to be on Rovers’ shortlist is Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth who has distanced himself from the vacancy.

“They can link me all they want,” he told the BBC. “[Chairman] Andrew Howard would be so proud that we’re getting linked, that’s his take on things and he knows the food chain as much as I do.

“But I am so, so happy here. Me and the family came here five years ago, we’re settled, the football’s good, the fans are great, things are going well.

“I’m not about to be looking elsewhere. Natural things take their course and if they don’t, fantastic, I’m a lucky man to have a manager’s job and really appreciate every day with the boys.”

n Striker Jack McKay has joined Ilkeston on a month-long loan.

McKay – who has made four senior appearances – suffered a thigh injury during the pre-season training camp in Portugal.

He made his return to action in the U21 Premier League Cup win over Preston North End last month.