Doncaster Rovers: Shareholders meet to thrash out financial plan

Richie Wellens
Richie Wellens

Stalled takeover talks and the future of Richie Wellens were at the top of the agenda at a shareholders’ meeting on Thursday.

Chairman John Ryan cut a frustrated figure following Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup defeat to Leeds United - revealing the club cannot currently afford to offer Wellens a permanent deal.

With the player keen to resolve his long term future, Ryan will meet with Terry Bramall and Gavin Baldwin to attempt to thrash out the club’s short term financial strategy.

Sequentia Capital’s offer on the table to pump millions into player recruitment is also certain to be re-visited.

Ryan told the Free Press this week that Rovers are struggling to hold onto Wellens - although boss Paul Dickov is more confident of keeping his ‘Rolls-Royce’ midfielder.

Ryan said: “I was hoping to buy Richie Wellens with the money we might have generated from a cup run.

“No [we can’t afford to keep him], that’s the problem. But we’re going to do our best.

“A win on Tuesday night would have made all the difference.

“There’s a shareholders’ meeting on Thursday and we’ll just have to wait and see what transpires.

“It’s obvious I support the big cash injection,” he added.

“Others don’t, but that’s their prerogative.

“[What’s going on behind the scenes] has not detracted from a very good start to the season. Overall I think we’re doing very well.”

Dickov, meanwhile, told reporters following Tuesday’s 3-1 defeat that he had not been made aware that he could not afford to keep Wellens.

“I’ve not been told that,” he said. “But I know only too well from my time at Oldham what a good cup run can do for a club’s finances.

“It’s disappointing we’re out, and the manner of it was hard to take,” he added. “A couple of big decisions went against us.”

James Coppinger (knee) is a doubt for Saturday’s visit of Bournemouth.

His injury was sustained in a challenge from Leeds’ Jason Pearce which Rovers thought merited a red card.