Doncaster Rovers plan Dickov talks

Rovers would like to speak to Paul Dickov about the vacant managership
Rovers would like to speak to Paul Dickov about the vacant managership

John Ryan has confirmed he is interested in talking to former Oldham boss Paul Dickov about the vacant Doncaster job.

Inverness boss Terry Butcher is also on Ryan’s radar as Rovers’ chairman ponders his third managerial appointment in the space of two years.

Ex-Manchester City striker Dickov is the overwhelming odds-on favourite to replace Brian Flynn following the Welshman’s switch to director of football.

But Ryan has scoffed suggestions that a deal has already been agreed for the 40-year-old Scot.

Ryan said: “I do know Paul and he’s a nice guy but to make him an overriding favourite at this stage is a bit silly.

“I’ve had a conversation with a lot people about this vacancy.

“The speculation about Paul is probably down to the last round of talks we had in January.

“There are a lot of people in the frame,” he added.

“Every time there’s been an overwhelming favourite for this job in the past, they haven’t got the job.”

Ryan would welcome talks with Dickov, who is a free agent after departing Oldham in February.

He is also an admirer of former England defender Butcher, who stands on the verge of guiding Inverness to a top three finish in the Scottish Premier League.

Butcher rejected the opportunity to join Barnsley in January, stating he was happy to remain in Scotland.

“I don’t know exactly what the score is with Paul and Terry,” said Ryan.

“If they’re interested in the job, we’re likely to be interested in them.

“But there are probably two or three more in the frame too.

“We’ll probably surprise everyone with the final appointment.”

Ryan added that Rovers will draw up a shortlist of targets this week and hope to begin the interview process next Wednesday - with a view to unveiling their new manager within the next fortnight.