Doncaster Rovers: Who next for Rovers?

Paul Dickov (right) is the early favourite to replace Brian Flynn.
Paul Dickov (right) is the early favourite to replace Brian Flynn.

The search is on for the next manager of Doncaster Rovers.

Former boss Brian Flynn yesterday agreed to become the club’s new director of football, a job switch revealed exclusively in The Star.

The Welshman will now assist co-owners John Ryan, Dick Watson and Terry Bramall in choosing the man to lead Rovers into the Championship.

Former Oldham boss Paul Dickov is thought to be the frontrunner for the vacancy - and Star sources suggest the former Manchester City striker has already been sounded out by Rovers.

However, Ryan - who prides himself on his record of giving managers a sustained period of time in the job - will take his time to get the right man after Flynn became Doncaster’s third managerial casualty in the space of two years.

Dickov, who was briefly installed as bookmakers’ favourite earlier this week before the market was swiftly closed, was on Rovers’ shortlist to replace Dean Saunders before the board opted to pair club scout Flynn with Rob Jones.

The continuity provided by the duo saw Rovers over the finish line as intended.

But the Star understands that the high calibre of managers who applied for the Rovers job over the winter - a list thought to include former England bosses Sven-Goran Eriksson and Glenn Hoddle - helped persuade the club’s co-owners to make a change ahead of their return to the Championship.

Player coach Jones, who recently signed a new two-year contract at Doncaster, is not thought to be in contention for the manager’s job.

Rovers said in a statement yesterday that Flynn “expressed a desire to return to [...] player development and recruitment” to the board this week - despite stating last Saturday that he wanted to remain as manager.

The Welshman is expected to concentrate his efforts on youth development.

With the majority of the current squad out of contract next month, Rovers will hope to appoint a new man quickly in order to get to work on a Championship survival plan.