Rovers recruitment timeline hands Jones chance to impress

Rob Jones
Rob Jones

Doncaster Rovers do not anticipate appointing their new manager before the end of September.

The club released a statement yesterday saying that they intend to draw up a shortlist of candidates by September 21 and carry out interviews for the two weeks following.

The recruitment timeline hands caretaker boss Rob Jones at least four games - against Walsall, Oldham, Sheffield United and Swindon Town - to stake his claim for the vacant position.

Jones will today step up preparations for Saturday’s trip to the Banks’s Stadium before speaking to the media at lunchtime - although the 35-year-old is unlikely to be drawn on his intentions regarding the post.

Rovers yesterday informed the media he will “only be answering questions on footballing matters”.

Jones’ credentials are well known to everyone at the club following the influential role he played in Doncaster’s promotion from League One in 2013, working alongside Brian Flynn.

His impressive work with Rovers’ development squad will also attract the attention of the club’s owners, who are particularly keen to see young players brought into the first team.

Jones remains second favourite in the betting, behind Neil Redfearn. The names of ex-Rovers midfielder Brian Stock and Hull City youth coach Billy Russell joined the market yesterday.

Rovers’ statement read: “We anticipate that by week commencing 21st September we will be in a position to draw up a shortlist. We will then contact candidates to invite them in for interviews over the following two weeks.

“Our promise to you all is that we will not rush into making a decision until we find the right person for the role.

“We want the right manager for our supporters, the players and for everyone at the football club.”