BUCKY’S BLOG: Dickov is the right man for the job

Rovers' goal scorer Curtis Main is a good bit of business, says John Buckley. Photo: Steve Uttley.
Rovers' goal scorer Curtis Main is a good bit of business, says John Buckley. Photo: Steve Uttley.

What a pre-season that has been for Rovers.

I can’t help but feel like Paul Dickov has had yet another awkward pre-season and I think he’s handled it brilliantly.

This year’s break eerily echoes last season’s setback regarding a takeover that hasn’t happened, leaving Dickov not knowing what he could spend in the transfer market.

That must have been a tough situation for him, but he’s dealt with the setbacks really well - just like he did last year. I do believe Dickov is the right man for the job.

We’re starting to see players coming in now and I think the business Dickov has conducted has been good.

Cedric Evina looks a promising prospect in that left-back spot and I’ve heard and seen good things about Nathan Tyson and Curtis Main.

They just need a few goals under their belts for a bit of confidence and I think they’ll get that in this league.

For me, the signing of the summer was James Coppinger. I was delighted to hear that Rovers had kept him and he’d signed a two-year deal. He’s Rovers through and through and will be a brilliant leader for the club in League One.

But one player I really do want to pick out is Rob Jones.

After having such a long time out injured, he’s almost like a new signing for Doncaster this season.

We badly missed him last term, in my opinion, and I think his absence told in a lot of our games in the Championship.

He’s a leader on and off the field and with him coming back into the team, that can only benefit the club.

His role this season will be pivotal for the youngsters too. Rovers will have to rely on their younger players more this season due to their budget, but this is the perfect opportunity for them to step up to the plate.

The good thing is, a lot of them had decent runs in the team last season so that will stand them in good stead.

I believe Rovers can finish in the top half of League One this season. I’d go for a top six finish.

You never know how the division will pan out until it starts, but looking at the other teams, I certainly wouldn’t rule out Rovers having a good season.

They need a good start on Saturday at Yeovil to breed confidence. A good display will do them no end of good. I’m expecting Rovers to come back from Huish Park with a point.