Paul Dickov ‘has support of Rovers board’

Paul Dickov
Paul Dickov

Paul Dickov is adamant he retains the confidence of the Doncaster Rovers board despite the club’s stuttering start to the season.

Rovers face Bradford City on Saturday languishing 20th in League One and without a win in three attempts.

Last weekend’s determined draw with high flying MK Dons again only served to highlight the potential of Dickov’s team.

The Scot is convinced results will pick up - and insists the board understand the reasons behind Rovers’ slow start.

He also pointed to the recent loan signings of Andy Butler and Sam Johnstone - who this week returned to the club from Manchester United - as clear evidence that the board still support him.

Asked by the Free Press whether he thought he still had the support of the board, Dickov replied: “Absolutely.

“I speak to Gavin [Baldwin, chief executive] a lot.

“And if the board for any reason weren’t behind me, I don’t think they’d be allowing me to bring players in.

“The board have been great.

“They realise what a difficult summer it was, and they also realise what we’re trying to do here behind the scenes.

“The philosophy that we’re trying to get running through the club - to get more younger players in and bring more of our own younger players through - wasn’t going to happen in three months.

“As much as some of the performances have been disappointing, we knew especially leading up to Christmas there would be some inconsistencies there and you probably wouldn’t see the best of us till after that.

“The board understand that.”

Rovers make the short journey to Valley Parade on Saturday boosted by their hard-working and combative display against MK Dons.

However, given recent trends, Dickov was almost reluctant to tempt fate in any sort of way ahead of their first meeting with the Bantams since 2007.

“Last Saturday was something to build on but I’m just very wary about what I say,” he said.

“That’s because every time I say that [we’ve played well] we go out and give an inept, poor performance.

“We’ve worked hard this week because we know it’ll be a tough game at Bradford.”

James Coppinger will be assessed after turning his ankle in training last week and missing last weekend’s game.