Doncaster Rovers: Trio have Ex-Factor

Ex-Rover: Mark WIlson
Ex-Rover: Mark WIlson

GLYNN Snodin is a leading candidate but at least three more former Doncaster Rovers players have thrown their hats into the ring for the vacant manager’s job, The Star can reveal.

Mark Wilson, Graeme Lee and Rufus Brevett have applied to replace Dean Saunders at the helm.

The inexperienced managerial trio are huge outsiders for the post and, unlike Snodin, unlikely to reach the interview stage.

Chief executive Gavin Baldwin met with chairman John Ryan yesterday to begin whittling down applications. A further meeting is scheduled for tomorrow and the club hope to start the interview process before the weekend.

Wilson, Lee and Brevett are unlikely to meet the criteria laid down by Doncaster’s board as they search for Saunders’ successor.

However, in each case, their speculative applications reflect their continued affinity with the Rovers.

Wilson, who departed Doncaster last January after his contract was cancelled by mutual consent, has been playing most recently for Gainsborough Trinity in Blue Square Bet North.

The 33-year-old was a big character in the dressing room during his time at Rovers and boasts a wealth of playing experience after operating under Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United and Steve McClaren at Middlesbrough.

Lee, who captained Rovers to Johnstone’s Paint Trophy success in 2007 and scored the winning goal in the final against Bristol Rovers, is currently playing non-league football in his native north east.

He skippered Sheffield Wednesday, Rovers and then Bradford City before ending his professional career with stints at Notts County and Darlington.

Brevett, meanwhile, is a coach at Premier League Fulham after retiring from playing six years ago.

The former defender started his career at Doncaster and was part of the Rovers side that reached the FA Youth Cup final in 1988.

According to Star sources, former Rovers favourite Snodin is held in very high regard by Ryan and will be offered an interview for the job. The Huddersfield coach is thought to be keen to make the step up to management.

Rovers received in excess of 50 applications for the job.