Doncaster Rovers: The 18-point checklist

Chairman John Ryan refuses to rule out a quick return for Dean Saunders
Chairman John Ryan refuses to rule out a quick return for Dean Saunders

Any candidate for the vacant manager’s role at Rovers must measure up to a strict checklist, chairman John Ryan has revealed.

Alongside fellow major shareholders Dick Watson and Terry Bramall, Ryan has crafted an 18-point list of characteristics they would like to see from potential applicants to replace Brian Flynn as full time boss.

And the trio hope to have a shortlist drawn up by next Monday with the interview process beginning shortly afterwards.

Rovers are expected to make a quick decision, possibly by the end of next week, with the issue of player contracts a pressing concern.

“We will have our shortlist by Monday and the interviews will start later that week and then hopefully, there will be an appointment,” Ryan said.

“The sooner the better but it depends who it will be and whether they are out of work.

“My two colleagues Dick and Terry have discussed with me at length what we’d want to see from our next manager,” Ryan added.

“Myself, Terry and Dick have got a good record of picking managers and I am sure we will pick another good one.”

“We have come up with some 18 salient points that will eventually decide the man for us.

“I’m not going into them all but a handful include: good at buying and selling; good communicator; good contacts in the game; and works well in the community.

“Above all, he will be a proven professional, possess his coaching badges and have a proven track record.”

The second point suggests a potential shift in focus from Rovers in regards to their next boss.

Ryan had previously been quoted suggesting he was on the lookout for a progressive young manager.

The chairman has acknowledged several names that have been linked with the vacancy including Terry Butcher, Neil Warnock and current favourite Paul Dickov.

And he has also refused to rule out a sensational return for former boss Dean Saunders who was sacked by Wolves on Tuesday, just four months after jumping ship from the Keepmoat.

Saunders’ sudden availability saw him move to second favourite in the betting with Dickov’s previous odds-on status ebbed away.

The Welshman has been praised heavily by players and staff alike at Rovers for his work in laying to foundation for the club’s promotion.

Should he show an interest in renewing acquaintances with Rovers, Saunders is likely to be put under serious consideration by the major shareholders.

But the suggestion of a return for Saunders has split Rovers supporters.

Ryan is known to be a long-time fan of Warnock but it is as yet unknown whether the promotion-specialist could be tempted with a move back to South Yorkshire.

He is also an admirer of Dickov but quashed early rumours the job was the former Oldham boss’ to turn down.

Kenny Jackett has been linked with the post following his resignation from Millwall on Monday but it is widely expected the Welshman will replace Saunders at Wolves in the coming days.